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Early Educators from Western Mass. Gather at Jolly Juniors Childcare Center to Spread the Word about MECEU

 
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Early educators folded letters and stamped envelopes last night in Springfield to send letters to fellow early educators updating them on the MECEU campaign and the status of our bill, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223). The top photo shows Sandy Browne of Cushman Scott Children's Center in Amherst and Jackie Linton, director of Jolly Juniors in Springfield working on the mailing. In the bottom photo, Alissa Papuzynski of Chicopee Child Development Center stuffs envelopes while Jackie Linton emails her legislator.

Early Educators Across Massachusetts are Calling Legislators in Support of our Bill!

 
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Early educators from across Massachusetts are calling their legislators and members of the Joint Committee on Public Service in support of our bill (H.477/S.223). Pictured clockwise from the top left are Mark Hathaway, Kati Rae, April D'Alesandro, and Becky Ryder.

 

This bill will give early educators the support they need to provide the quality care and education our children deserve. To schedule a phone bank in your center, call 1-877-996-3238.

Senate President Therese Murray Visits Learning Safari Preschool in Plymouth


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Senate President Therese Murray visited Learning Safari Preschool to hear more about MECEU and discuss issues in early childhood education.

CLICK HERE to read more about the visit.

Springfield Rep. Benjamin Swan Meets with MSC Director!

 
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Long-time Representative from Springfield, MECEU Co-sponsor, and Public Service Committee Member, Benjamin Swan met with the Director of Childrens' Creative Center, a MECEU Most Supportive Center in Springfield,

Nicole Coakley presented him with a Thank You card made by the children in her center, to thank him for making a statement in support of our bill during our hearing on Nov. 25th. Click here to watch the Channel 22 coverage of our hearing.

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

Rep. Sánchez testifies at the hearing  on Nov. 25th.
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This bill will allow early education providers to give children throughout the Commonwealth, especially those in low income neighborhoods, the resources necessary for a successful education and life.” 

-Representative Jeffrey Sánchez

Watch this News Story About the Hearing!

Click above to hear the news story!
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Our legislative effforts were featured in this news story about the hearing from WWLP in Springfield. CLICK HERE or on the photo to see footage from the hearing and to watch an interview with MECEU educator Alissa Papuzynski, Director of Chicopee Child Development Center!

Congratulations to Massachusetts Family Child Care Providers on their First Contract!

(Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)
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We would like to congratulate family child care providers in SEIU Local 509 for their first contract with the Department of Early Education and Care in Massachusetts! This achievement, which will affect 4,000 providers across the Commonwealth, is a great victory for early education in Massachusetts. It is also a strong model for MECEU as we continue to advocate for our bill, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223), which will give us a voice at the state level. Read more about the home-based child care providers' contract. In this photo, Governor Patrick signs H. 3986, “An Act Relative to Early Education and Care by Family Child Care Providers” in 2012.

Photos from the MECEU Hearing!

 
 
 
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We had a great turnout in Boston yesterday for the hearing for An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223)! We gathered in Gardner Auditorium in the State House in Boston as members of the Joint Committee on Public Service heard testimony from teachers & directors, advocates & allies, labor leaders, and state legislators in support of our legislation. Click "Read More" for more photos.

Our Hearing is on Monday! Take Action: Write Your Legislators!

 
 

In the weeks leading up to the hearing for our bill, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers (H.477/S.223), it is important that we drum up support from our state representatives by communicating to them the importance of this bill for early education in Massachusetts. Now is our chance to make our voices heard and advocate for those who benefit from high quality early childhood education.

Our hearing on November 25th will be heard by members of the Joint Committee on Public Service. Please take a moment to write your legislators asking them to send a letter to the chairs of this committee, Chairman Aaron Michlewitz in the House or Chairman William Brownsberger in the Senate, asking them to report our bill favorably out of committee. This is our chance to get our bill up for a vote by our elected state representatives!

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW:

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MECEU Hearing on Monday, November 25th!

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Will you be attending the MECEU legislative hearing on Monday, November 25th?

This hearing is our best chance to voice our demand to legislators and to share our vision that someday all Massachusetts children will have access to affordable high-quality early education and all educators will be treated with dignity and respect.

To Register Click Here

Every voice counts on November 25th!

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