FY’18 House Ways and Means Recommendations
FY’18 House Ways and Means Committee Recommendations for Early Education and Care
The Put MA Kids First Coalition extends its appreciation to House Ways and Means Committee for the Department of Early Education and Care funding recommendation for FY’ 2018.
The following recommendations are very encouraging:
- Salary Rate Reserve Line Item 3000-1042: $20M for a salary reserve to increase rates for center-based early education providers
- Quality Line item 3000-1021: Provides $4M for the development and implementation of the Quality Rating and Improvement System. $2M of which must be used for grants to providers meeting QRIS.
The House Ways and Means recommendation reflects a $3 Million dollar increase in the salary reserve line item from FY’2017.
In this recommendation, the House continues its steady march towards stabilizing the workforce and valuing quality. Our appreciation goes to Speaker DeLeo for his steady support. As concerned citizens and providers we look forward to working with the legislature in the next of the FY’ 2018 budget deliberations towards achieving greater investment in early education and care.