notes from Amy
Your advocacy has paid off! The fiscal year 2019 state budget is the best in 10 years for early education and care, and the first budget in 10 years to surpass pre-recession funding levels. Funds this year will continue to raise (chronically low) salaries in the early education and care field, create a new workforce development initiative, and begin to expand preschool.
While we have much to be thankful for – and please do thank your elected officials – we still have work to do to bring high-quality early education to all young children in Massachusetts.
This fall, Strategies for Children will be looking back to look forward. We will host an event to reflect on the 10-year anniversary of An Act Relative to Early Education and Care (enacted in 2008) . We must collectively take stock of how much we have all accomplished to advance the early education sector in this state, and look ahead to envision the system we need in order to best serve all young children and their families. Stay tuned for event details.
I hope you enjoy these last days of summer. Rest, reflect, re-engerize.
See you in the fall!