An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223)

Decades of research confirms that investment in early education today pays off tomorrow. It provides children with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in school and in life. These benefits of high-quality early education are even greater for disadvantaged children. Our bill aims to improve early education for some of the most at-risk students in the Commonwealth by creating a framework for administrators, teachers and staff working in the neediest centers to negotiate with the state over issues related to workforce development.

What does our bill do?

1. It allows for the creation of a statewide Providers’ Organization that includes teachers, directors and support staff working in centers where at least 10% of the students receive a state childcare subsidy.  It would cover approximately 5,000 early educators working in roughly 500 centers.

2. It allows for this newly formed Providers’ Organization to negotiate with the Commonwealth over issues related to workforce development including professional development and training and conditions affecting recruitment and retention.

3. It supports and builds upon the commitment by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to support professional growth for early educators and to remedy inadequate resources in the field.

To learn more about this important legislation:

MECEU Fact Sheet

MECEU White Paper

Q&A sheet

Download the entire bill here.