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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

There isn’t a lot of new state funding for early education and care for fiscal year 2017, but Massachusetts is holding steady, keeping existing funds flowing to provide high-quality learning experiences for young children.

Last week, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced “$42 million in grant awards” for a number of initiatives to “support the quality and availability of early education and care programs” across the Commonwealth.

“High-quality early education and care programs provide children with a strong foundation for learning, academic success, and positive outcomes overall,” Baker said in a press release.

“We thank our early education providers and agency partners who work hard every day to provide our youngest learners with the tools they need to succeed in school and life,” Polito added. (more…)

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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

The Legislature has approved a $39.1 billion budget for FY17, one that will have a mixed impact on high-quality early education. Governor Baker now has 10 days to review the budget and make potential vetoes before signing it into law.

MassLive.com reports that the budget addresses “an estimated $750 million drop in revenues compared to what lawmakers originally proposed. The budget represents growth of just 2.6 percent compared to the 2016 budget.”

There are no new taxes or fees.

“The bill makes $260 million in spending cuts. It directs the administration to cut another $100 million through ‘procurement efficiencies,’ essentially coming up with places to trim spending across executive branch departments.”

The Boston Globe adds that the budget “avoids dramatic cuts by relying on a series of financial maneuvers to close a big gap in expected tax revenue for the fiscal year that begins Friday.” (more…)

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Photo: Alessandra Hartkopf for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alessandra Hartkopf for Strategies for Children

Cape Cod educators are busy putting together a promising new preschool plan, thanks to a grant from Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative.

Using this funding, educators from the Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy Regional School Districts are working with leaders from the Cape Cod Collaborative and with private preschools in Dennis, Yarmouth, Chatham, and Harwich to increase preschool quality and access.

This group will submit a proposal to the Department of Early Education and Care by the end of this month. The plan is one of 13 that have been drafted by similar teams in communities across Massachusetts communities this year.

The Cape planning team presented its proposal at “Envisioning Preschool for Every Child,” an open community forum that was held on June 14 at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. A reporter from the Cape Cod Chronicle covered the event.  (more…)

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Board 1

Amy O’Leary with Danielle Scanlon, Erin Vickstrom, Susan Norquist, Kristen Kelley, and Kristy Walley

 

Earlier this week, students from Quinsigamond Community College’s (QCC) Leadership in Early Education and Care program testified before the Board of the Department of Early Education and Care.

Accompanied by Amy O’Leary, director of our Early Education for All Campaign, the students share their experiences in the leadership program.

As we blogged a few weeks ago, QCC’s program “trains ‘students who are already working in early childhood centers’ as directors, supervisors as well as students who aspire to be leaders.”

“The courses are paid for by the Educator and Provider Support Grant, which is funded by the Department of Early Education and Care.” And students who already have bachelor’s degrees can apply the 15 credits that they earn in this program toward a master’s degree in early childhood leadership at Worcester State University. (more…)

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GALA Winners

Tiffany Sheets, Sonia Gomez-Banrey, Marie St. Fleur, Flossy Calderon, Jennie Fitzkee, Abby Morales, Mary Lu Love, Melissa Russell, and Amy O’Leary

 

There was a happy crowd at last month’s annual Early Educators Gala — an evening of dinner, dancing, and awards that was emceed by our own Amy O’Leary, director of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign.

“Early education and care is getting a lot of attention at the state and national level. We’re seeing new programs and more funding,” O’Leary said. “But at the heart of all we do are early educators who build nurturing relationships with young children. These relationships prepare children to be happy successful learners. It was an honor to help celebrate this work at the gala.”

“Early education professionals are the delivery system for the healthy development of young learners,” said Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber, who attended the celebration. “The gala was an inspiring celebration of passion and practice, showcasing the tremendous contributions that early educators are making every day to children, families and the Commonwealth.” (more…)

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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means unveiled its $39.48 billion state budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. The House proposal comes in at $76 million below the Governor’s proposal. For early education and care, the proposal closely matches Governor Baker’s budget with a few changes, most notably a $10 million rate reserve to support the early education workforce.

In his letter to House members, Chairman Brian Dempsey writes, “Additionally, the FY17 Committee budget continues to prioritize funding for quality early education. It provides for a $10 million rate reserve to ensure that early education providers can hire and retain high quality staff. Furthermore, it includes a newly created quality supports account, funded at $31.5 million, giving the department improved ability to make targeted grants to support and encourage quality based programming.”

Visit our FY17 budget webpage for more information.

Budget amendments are currently being filed. Stay tuned in the days ahead for further updates and advocacy opportunities. The House of Representatives is expected to debate the budget during the week of April 25.

For more information, please contact Laura Healy at lhealy@strategiesforchildren.org or 617-330-7389.

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Laura Healy for Strategies for Children

Laura Healy for Strategies for Children

 

This past Thursday was Advocacy Day at the State House, and hundreds of passionate early education supporters told their stories about educating young children to members of the state Legislature.

Here are some of the event’s Tweets, quotes, and photos gathered from Twitter, the State House News Service, WWLP, and Advocacy Day participants. To learn more search the hashtag #valueearlyeducators.

Tweets

United Way Mass Bay @UnitedWayMABay
Today is
#earlyed Advocacy Day! We’re proud to support efforts of @EarlyEd4All @EllisMemorial & @NurturyBoston to ensure access & quality.

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Early Education for All @EarlyEd4All
“The story is about you every day…changing the lives of young children” – @MADCAorg on the value of#earlyeducators #investinus

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MA Fair Share @MAFairShare
“If we are serious about pay equity” we should pay those who lay a child’s foundation as much as those who lay a building’s foundation – Sonia Chang-Diaz quote

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MA Fair Share @MAFairShare
@RepAlicePeisch “we need a high quality workforce … But you need to be compensated accordingly” (more…)

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