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Survey: Next Steps for MECEU

Early Educators at Lobby Day
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As you may have heard, last month the Joint Committee on Public Service took action to send our bill (H477/S223 An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers) to study.

What comes next for our organization?  While this decision is a short-term defeat, we believe that over the last nine months early educators— MECEU—have done much that we can be proud of! We helped put early childhood education on the map as one of the most critical issues in our state.

What do you think should be our collective next steps?

Click here to take a survey on the future of MECEU.

Most importantly, this is the beginning of a conversation, not the end. In the coming weeks and months we will be having conversations across the state with all of you on the future of MECEU, and what we can do to build a strong organization of early educators to effect positive change for early educators and the children we educate and care for. We look forward to hearing from all of you soon!

Will You Email Speaker DeLeo in Support of An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223)?

Speaker DeLeo with MECEU early educators on Lobby Day
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We have come a long way with this legislation based on the hard work of MECEU activists from across Massachusetts. With just two months until the legislative session ends, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223) is still being considered by the Joint Committee on Public Service, and we expect them to make a decison very soon. As Speaker of the House, Speaker DeLeo has the ability to move our bill. He needs to hear from you!

Please click the button below to send Speaker DeLeo an email expressing the importance of this legislation for the future of early education in Massachusetts:  

 

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.