News & Updates

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:


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!

Professional Development at Academy for Little People in Leominster

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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.