News & Updates

Professional Development at Academy for Little People in Leominster

Gail Plante leads the PD
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Gail Plante led a regional professional development at Academy for Little People in Leominster last night on identifying strategies for working with children suffering from abuse and neglect. Teachers came from five centers in Leominster, Templeton and Worcester for the event that was organized by early educators in the region, including Tara Rose Furr, director of First Years Academy, and Gail Plante.

Wheelock 9th Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care

Alissa and Sandy
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Alissa Finnerty and Sandy Browne were among the MECEU early educators who attended the Wheelock Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care at Wheelock College's Brookline campus where participants collaborated to develop a policy brief to present to key legislators and decision makers.

Legislators Visit MECEU Centers for Worthy Wage Day

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The American Federation of Teachers has held Worthy Wage Day since 1987 to bring national attention to low wages and inadequate funding in the field of early education and how this affects children through recruitment and retention of early education providers.

In the spirit of Worthy Wage Day, some MECEU centers hosted legislators to visit their schools this week and learn more about their work and the challenges and opportunities early educators face.

In the top photo, Senator Sal DiDomenico, a sponsor of our bill (H.477/S.223), reads with children at Patti-Cake Daycare Center in Everett.

Below, Senator Jason Lewis hears about technology in the classroom at My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center in Malden.

Next, Senator Jim Welch, a co-sponsor of our bill, with students at a book distribution at Children's Creative Center in Springfield.

Finally, Senator Marc Pacheco, a co-sponsor, with students at Rock-A-Bye Learning Environment in Taunton.

MECEU Early Educators Attend BAEYC Gala in Boston

Enjoying the Gala
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Early educators Uvinss Solon and Katty Familia from Little Wonders Childcare Center and Carol Ogbomo and Yvonne McKethan from Village Preschool are pictured here during the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children's 13th Annual Early Educator Awards Gala. MECEU's Pat Xavier received the Abigail Elliot Award at the Gala.

Public Service Committee Extends Their Decision: The Campaign to Pass our Bill Continues!

Early educators at the State House in support of our bill.
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We have been notified by the Public Service Committee that they have extended the date to make a decision on An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223) until June. This means early educators have more time to make our voices heard in support of the bill! As we continue to meet with the committee to answer their questions about how the bill would work, please continue to voice your support for the bill and quality early education in Massachusetts!

Call Chairman Michlewitz at 617-722-2240 and ask him to positively report the bill (H.477/S.223) out of committee.