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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: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Executive-Summary-Final.pdf.

 

Campaign Featured in MTA Today!

The most recent issue of MTA Today, the newspaper of the 110,000 member Mass Teachers Association, features a story about our campaign. It profiles Wonder Years, a center in Boston, and features material from interviews with our sponsors, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. Sal DiDomenico, and MTA Vice-President, Tim Sullivan. CLICK HERE to open the PDF: meceu.org/sites/meceu.org/files/earlyedstorymtatoday.pdf.

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

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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

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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.

Q&A Sheet for An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223)

Rep. Michlewitz receives artwork on Lobby Day.
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We sent a letter to Chairmen Michlewitz and Brownsberger answering several questions that had been raised recently. CLICK HERE to download the included Q&A sheet about our bill.

Early educators have been busy calling, writing, and visiting our legislators, but our work is not done yet. We must continue to actively support An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223). Your voice needs to be heard again. Please take action to support the MECEU bill (H.477/S.223) by calling Chairman Michlewitz today. If you call after office hours you can leave a message.

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

As always, your voice matters in our efforts to support quality early education in Massachusetts!

 

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