FY17 MA Budget Doubles Investment in Early Ed!
Well Done PMKF Coalition Members and Supporters!
The Put MA Kids First Coalition is proud to announce that the legislature approved the FY17 budget today which includes $12.5M for the rate reserve and $2M for direct grants to programs who are actively engaged in efforts to enhance quality by achieving level 3 and 4 in the QRIS. The Coalition’s letters, calls, and advocacy have made a difference, more than doubling the FY16 investment of $5M for the rate reserve and $1M for quality improvements!
THANK YOU to Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Dempsey, Chairwoman Peisch, and all the members of the Conference Committee for championing quality in early education and care and out-of-school time (EEC-OST) programs in the FY’17 budget despite a $750M revenue shortfall and cutting more than $413M in proposed spending from budget bills agreed to in April and May.
We also want to give a big THANK YOU to our Coalition members – who have almost tripled in the past year and now stand at 74 members strong – for their tireless work advocating for Massachusetts’ children!
We have come this far – but our job is not done. The budget will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor still has the power of the veto. Let’s continue to advocate for stabilizing the workforce and preserving and growing the quality programs we have across our state!