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    JULY 2017
State budget invests $15 million in early education workforce

The fiscal year 2018 state budget is not yet final as of this writing, but one thing is certain: early educators working in state-subsidized programs will receive a well-deserved raise this year. The budget invests $15 million in a rate reserve for educator salaries, the largest rate increase in recent memory. We thank Governor Baker and the Legislature for prioritizing the early childhood workforce this year. And we thank you, the advocates, for raising your voices in support of early educators. For the latest budget information, visit our website.

State House hearing – Massachusetts communities are ready for preschool

On Tuesday, June 20, Chris Martes, Amy O’Leary and several other early education leaders and advocates testified in support of “An Act ensuring high quality early education,” H.2874 filed by Representative Alice Peisch and S.240 filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico.

The message? Local communities are ready for preschool. Boston, Cape Cod, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, Somerville, Worcester, and several others all have preschool expansion plans and strong partnerships with community stakeholders.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera was among those testifying in support of the bill, stating, “In many ways, Massachusetts is a leader within the world of public education, yet we still struggle to provide high-quality preschool, particularly for our neediest children and families.”

For more, read Chris Martes’ guest blog recapping the hearing, Strategies for Children’s official statement supporting the bill, and a July 16 editorial by the Cape Cod Times. Stay tuned for updates on the bill’s progress.
Springfield and Worcester recognized for early literacy gains

Congratulations to Springfield for receiving an All-America City award at the National Grade-Level Reading conference on June 16. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading noted Springfield’s "track record of success that includes reductions in the city's rates of chronic absence and summer learning loss, and an 11 percent increase in 2015-16 in third grade reading proficiency." Read more.

Worcester was a finalist for the award along with Springfield. We congratulate both cities for their ongoing work to improve early literacy outcomes for young children. Read more on our blog.


Check out our Eye on Early Education blog for recent stories you may have missed.

Remembering Commissioner Mitchell Chester, June 27

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Says High-Quality Child Care is Good for Children, Parents, and Business, July 18

Wheelock College’s Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education – A Video, July 6

Developing Young Children’s Brains with The Boston Basics, June 14

Ready to Go: Lawrence, June 2

Ready to Go: Holyoke, May 26

EarlyEducationForAll @EarlyEd4All July 18
Great piece by Anne Douglass about the @UMassBoston #childcare center  @nwlc @4earlysuccess @USAChildCare

Nurtury‏ @NurturyBoston  Jul 17
CONGRATS to our 2016 Nurturer of the Year, @jeffrey_sanchez on being appointed Budget Chief from @SpeakerDeLeo 

EarlyEducationForAll @EarlyEd4All  Jul 17
"Early ed for all," says @capecodtimes. We agree!

MABusAllianceForEduc @MBAENews  July 10
Future of our country depends on us succeeding for every child! David Lawrence urges biz leaders to support #earlyed investment @EarlyEd4All

Put Ma Kids First @PutMaKidsFirst June 27
Letter: Preschool programs offer head start for all #ece #earlyed #investinkids #bthru8

BPS Early Learning @BPSEarlyLearn June 20
Our E.D., Jason Sachs, will be testifying today about the need for state investment in high-quality #earlyed. #ece #mapoli  

Michael O. Moore @SenMikeMoore June 16
My mailbox was more colorful than usual. Proud to support #EarlyEd initiatives. Our early educators are the real superheroes. #mapoli #maedu

Zaentz Early Ed @ZaentzHarvardEd May 25
Exciting news - @MA_Senate passes amendment 171 to establish an #earlyed & care workforce study.



notes from Amy

In January, Governor Baker released his proposal for the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget. That budget included $7 million to support the early education workforce. The MA House of Representatives and Senate followed with their budget proposals and included support for the workforce: $20 million in the House and $10 million in the Senate. The Conference Committee ended up at $15 million which was passed in the final budget by the House and Senate.

We thank Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg, legislators, and advocates across the state who all sang the same tune this year: invest in early educators!

We are proud to serve on the Put MA Kids First coalition, whose hard work and advocacy has paid off with a big win for early educators. We know this is only an incremental gain in the long-term struggle for pay equity for early educators and we are more committed than ever to help support a powerful, knowledgeable and well-compensated early childhood profession.

For more details about the FY18 budget process, please visit our website.

We continue to collect stories from early educators and feature them on our blog series, Voices from the Field. We want to hear your story. Please contact Laura Healy at to share your story.


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Strategies for Children works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life.