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Photo: Micaela Bedell for Strategies for Children

 

Looking for child care?

There’s a website for that.

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has posted “a geographically-searchable online directory of licensed child care programs” in Massachusetts.

The directory fulfills one of the new requirements of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant program, which is to enhance consumer education by making information clear and accessible to parents.

Searches can be done by zip code, by city, by child age group, or by the name of a child care provider. The search results include a list of providers and a map of their locations. There’s even a “my route” option that searches for child care options along the path of a morning commute.

Click on a provider’s name to see more information, including hours, cost, contact information, and links to program websites. (more…)

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When early education and higher education team up, great things can happen.

One example is the Career Pathways Grant program, funding that the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) awards to all of Massachusetts’ community colleges to create more educational and professional development opportunities for early educators.

For instance, at Quinsigamond Community College, “10 students are taking part in a pre-college course focusing on student-based skills and introducing them to early childhood education topics and terminology. After they complete the course in the fall these students will transition over to college level early childhood education courses, where they will receive financial and other support services designed to help them succeed.”

At Mount Wachusett Community College, the grant is being used to “to provide free classes for Early Childhood Education professionals and training to help local childcare facilities.” (more…)

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Samantha Aigner-Treworgy

 

On Tuesday, early educators from across the state attended a meet-and-greet with the new commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), Samantha Aigner-Treworgy – although, as she explained to one attendee, she goes by Sam.

 

Joel Cox, Partners for Community, and Aigner-Treworgy

 

“Thank you all for being here and for the very, very warm welcome home,” Aigner-Treworgy, a Massachusetts native, said at the event, which was held at the downtown Boston law firm Goulston & Storrs. (more…)

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Congratulations to the University of Massachusetts Boston for receiving a $12.4 million StrongStart Training and Technical Assistance Grant from the state.

The funding from the Department of Early Education and Care will support a wholesale overhaul of the training programs for the 70,000 early educators who work in 9,000 early education and care programs across the state.

The work will be led by the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation (the Leadership Institute), which is housed in UMass Boston’s College of Education and Human Development.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with EEC to support the state’s early education and out-of-school time workforce. The new StrongStart system places Massachusetts at the cutting edge of innovation in the design and delivery of professional development for providers, educators, and leaders in the field,” Anne Douglass, the Leadership Institute’s founder and executive director, said in a UMass press release.

 

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Samantha Aigner-Treworgy

Congratulations to Samantha Aigner-Treworgy.

She has been chosen as the new commissioner of Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care.

Aigner-Treworgy will leave her job as chief of early learning for the City of Chicago and start her new job later this summer.

“I look forward to working with Ms. Aigner-Treworgy as the next commissioner. She brings a depth of experience in early education that will benefit child care providers and preschools, as well as children and their families across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser says in a press release.

“Ms. Aigner-Treworgy is highly qualified to head the department at this critical juncture, leading to even greater impact and supporting positive outcomes for all young children served, including our most vulnerable,” Early Education and Care Board Chair Nonie Lesaux also says in the press release.

Aigner-Treworgy says of her new job, “I have spent my career working to improve the lives of young children and families across the country, and I couldn’t be more excited to come back to my home state to build on the great foundation and legacy of early childhood leadership in Massachusetts.” (more…)

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The search for a new commissioner of early education and care for Massachusetts is nearly complete.

Two final candidates have been chosen, and their interviews can be seen live on YouTube tomorrow at noon. More information is available here.

“This is an opportunity for the public to hear from the candidates and learn about their experience, qualifications, and interest in leading the important work of the department and its mission to support the best outcomes for Massachusetts’ children at a particularly pivotal moment in time for the agency and the field,” Nonie Lesaux, chair of the Early Education and Care Board, says in a press release.

Tom Weber, the current commissioner, announced in March that he would be stepping down. The Board then launched a national search to find a new commissioner.

The two finalists are Samantha Aigner-Treworgy from Chicago and Cliff Chuang of Boston. (more…)

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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

 

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released a $42.7 billion state budget proposal for fiscal year 2020.

Compared to FY19 levels, the Senate’s budget makes modest increases in funding for early education and care. But overall, this budget allocates less for early childhood than both Governor Charlie Baker’s budget and the House budget.

Most notably, the Senate proposal does not include:

• a rate increase for early educators [3000-1042]

• grant funding for community colleges to run early educator workforce development programs [3000-7066], and

• funding for Reach Out and Read [3000-7070]

The Senate budget does include $5 million for preschool grants under the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative [3000-6025]. This critical funding would allow the Department of Early Education and Care to continue some of its preschool expansion activities in FY20, but this allocation falls short of Strategies for Children’s recommendation of $25 million. That is the amount needed to maintain support for preschool programs that have expiring federal grants, sustain state-funded preschool grants that have just begun in six communities this spring, and offer grants to additional communities.

Senators have until Friday to file budget amendments, so check back for updates.

Click here for a complete list of the Senate’s proposed early education budget line items.

And for more information, contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, (617) 330-7387.

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