notes from Amy
On July 31, 2008, An Act Relative to Early Education and Care was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. This was an historic day for young children and families in Massachusetts. This legislation built upon the foundation that was created on July 1, 2005, when Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to launch an independent, consolidated department with a primary focus on early childhood learning and care. This innovative governance structure had equal standing with the state’s Department of Education and Board of Higher Education.
In Massachusetts, and nationally, the new Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) was greeted with excitement, high expectations and a keen sense of watchfulness. Read more here. The creation of the Department was the culmination of several years of work by advocates and policymakers and was influenced by a growing focus statewide and nationally on the importance of high-quality early education.
As we celebrated the ten year anniversary of this bill at the State House earlier this month, it was incredible to hear the stories and perspectives of so many of the key players. Visit our blog for highlights.
As the event showcased, Massachusetts has accomplished great things for young children, families, and educators since 2008. But much work remains to be done to deliver on the promise to provide all our children with access to high-quality early education and care.
It is going to take all of us.
We have seen a renewed interested and attention to the importance of advocacy and accurate information. Make sure you are signed up to receive our advocacy alerts and help spread the word to others who can help advocate! Click here to see a summary of Early Education in the News for 2018. You can find our publications, infographics, research briefs, Fast Facts for Children and Families, and more on our website.
We are grateful for our partners and funders who help to support our work and the hundreds of people who took action this year to advocate for increased investments. We must continue to work together to make 2019 an even better year for children, families, and communities here in the Commonwealth.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season…and get ready for ACTION in 2019!