News & Updates

Tell Legislators: It's time to invest in the early education workforce!

Right now, we've got a chance to boost to reimbursement rates for childcare vouchers and boost teacher pay. All our work to push lawmakers to recognize that we need to invest in teachers and early care providers is starting to pay off. Two amendments have been proposed to the state budget which would boost rates by $15.2 million across the state, and invest another $2 million in quality assistance for providers.

We've only got a few more days to support these amendments, and need your help to make sure our leaders get the message.

Can you take a minute and send an email along to your state representative asking him or her to back these amendments?

Take the BTWIC Turnover Survey, To better understand the ECE-OST Workforce

Teachers can’t afford to Stay!

As we move forward with our ventures to advocate for early education, it is critical that we update the ever changing statistics on turnovers in early childhood education classes throughout Massachusetts. The Bessie Tart Initiative for children, a non-profit and research organization has designed and distributed a turnover survey to bring attention to this important issue affecting ECE in MA. Click here to take the turnover survey now!

25 Years Later the Work is Still Worthy and the Wages Still too Low!

IB Image25 years later the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley finds that wages, benefits, and career advancement opportunities for Early Childhood Education workers woefully lags behind. Read more here:


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.