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Led by the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Put Massachusetts Kids First is a broad-based coalition of 66 organizations across the Commonwealth focused on improving outcomes for children by stabilizing and strengthening the workforce that engages with young children who can most benefit from qualified educators.

Since 2001, state funding for community-based early education and care and out-of-school time has not kept pace with inflation, resulting in a reduction of more than $100 million – a 50% decrease in the state’s commitment to its youngest scholars.  Strengthening community-based early education and care should be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s long-term plan to invest in human capital to support growth and quality goals.

For FY ’17, the Put MA Kids First coalition is supporting the request for a $40 million rate reserve investment for early education and care and out-of-school time, which:

  • Helps to move the average early educator salary from $25,000 to $27,250
  • Addresses the 30% early educator staff turnover rate that hinders quality
  • Moves subsidy rates to the 50th percentile, increasing high-quality options for children
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Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Declines in Spending on Early Education & Care in Massachusetts, January 2013. Amounts are adjusted for inflation.

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