notes from Amy
Save the Date: July 2 at the State House. That’s the day that the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education will hold a public hearing for bills relating to early education and care. There are over 5,000 bills filed at the State House for the 2-year legislative session. Each bill that is filed gets referred to a committee and then each committee plans public hearings. You can see all the bills referred to the Joint Committee on Education here.
These hearings are an opportuity for the public to show support or opposition for the bills. The hearing on July 2 is a chance for YOU to raise your voice in support of young children, families, and early educators.
Strategies for Children is supporting several bills, including bills for preschool expansion and affordable child care. You can see more information about the bills by clicking the links.
An Act Ensuring High-Quality PreKindergarten Education (S. 265, Lead Sponsor Senator DiDomenico)
An Act Relative to Grants for Hgh-Quality Early Education (H. 551, Lead Sponsor Joint Committee on Education Chairwoman Alice Peisch)
An Act Relative to Affordable and Accessilble High-Quality Early Education and Care (S. 288, Lead Sponsor Senator Friedman / H.470, Lead Sponsor Representative Ken Gordon)
We need you to take action! We are happy to help you with testimony and talking points. If you can’t make it to the State House on July 2, call to your legislators’ offices on that day. Or, email us your testimony and we will print it out and deliver it to the committee for you.
Your voice truly makes a difference. I have been advocating at the State House for many years and have cultivated strong relationships with legislators and staff. But most legislators would rather hear from you, their constituents.
Help them understand how critical these issues are to the children and families in your commuity. How does high-quality early education affect you? Your family? Your career?
Tell your story to your elected officials, put a real name and face to the issue, and help grow the movement for high-quality early education and care.
Remember – YOU ARE POWERFUL, SMART LEADERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
They are counting on us.