State Budget Update – Advocacy Needed!

Adapted from PMKF member Strategies for Children’s blog Eye on Early Education:

The Massachusetts Senate passed a $40.4 billion budget on Thursday, May 25. During the budget debate, Senators adopted four amendments for early education, adding $500,000 to EEC’s total budget.  Click here for specific line items and funding levels. 

The next step in the FY18 budget process is that the House and Senate appoint three members each to a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals. Once out of conference committee and approved by the House and Senate, the budget will go to Governor Baker, where he will have ten days to review the bill, sign it and announce any vetoes and amendments.

 

At stake in the budget, negotiation is resources to advance all Put MA Kids First Coalition members’ two critical goals:

 

1. Stabilizing the Workforce

  •   Center Based Child Care Rate Increase for Early Educators (3000-1042): House funding level of $20 million, to address the current workforce crisis by increasing salaries for early educators.

2. Growing Quality (a system of programs that are anchored in a consistent, high skilled and fairly compensated workforce)

  • Quality Improvement (3000-1020): Senate funding level of $31.86 million, with House language for QRIS earmark and Senate language earmarking $100,000 for a study on the workforce.
  •    Outside Section 74 A in the House – Carries over any unspent funding in Income Eligible and TANF/Supportive for infant/toddler rate increases and early educators salary increases.

We encourage your support of the items listed below:

  •  Head Start (3000-5000): Senate funding level of $9.5 million.
  •   Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-6025): Senate funding level of $15.10 million, to enable local communities to expand high-quality preschool opportunities for 3- and 4-year-olds.
  •   Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075): House funding level of $2.50 million.
  •   Reach Out and Read (3000-7070): House funding level of $1 million
  •  EEC Administration (3000-1000): Senate funding level of $5.76 million.
  • Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060): Senate funding level of $223.30 million.

Contact your legislators today, and encourage them to support high-quality early education in the conference committee budget for FY18. 

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