Action Alert:
Contact Your Legislators Today!

action alert imagePlease take action NOW on behalf of MA early educators in the FY2018 budget!

On Thursday, May 25 The Massachusetts Senate passed a $40.4 billion budget . During the budget debate, Senators adopted four amendments for early education, adding $500,000 to EEC’s total budget.
The next steps in the FY18 budget process are that the House and Senate appoint three members each to a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals.

Millions of dollars are at stake for high-quality early education and early educators in Massachusetts. Your advocacy is needed. Contact your legislators now!  

At stake in the  conference committee  budget negotiations is critical  resources to advance all Put MA Kids First Coalition members’ two urgent 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. 

Thank you!