A new COVID-19 testing site that will serve child care employees, enrolled children and associated household members was launched at Tewksbury State Hospital to replace the drive-thru child-care test site in Billerica.
In January, the Administration partnered with private and philanthropic funders, including supporters from the Massachusetts Early Education Funder Collaborative and BayCoast Bank, to launch a pilot COVID-19 testing program dedicated to providing on-demand PCR testing to child care providers and the families they serve to ensure easy access to testing when there is suspected COVID-19 exposure.
A coalition of early education advocates are introducing an ambitious proposal to completely overhaul the state’s early education system. The legislation would provide universal, affordable early education in Massachusetts, turning childcare from a system that is now largely private pay to one that is primarily publicly funded.
If you’re a professional child care worker, this new COVID-19 testing program is for you.
Nine sites in Massachusetts — including a colorful bus in the rear parking lot of BayCoast Bank’s corporate office and bank branch on Swansea Mall Drive — are now providing free PCR testing for anyone working at a child care facility.
The business coalition follows last year’s formation of the Massachusetts Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a group consisting of some of the state’s top philanthropic supporters of early-childhood education, including the Boston Foundation and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
The MA ECFC is an effort among leading Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, and individuals to ensure that all young children in Massachusetts have the opportunities and supports they need to thrive.
The MA ECFC announced Brian Gold as its first director, signaling its firm commitment, particularly in this time of crisis, to ensuring the healthy growth and development of all young children in Massachusetts and to fostering a strong economy that is equitable and includes all families through access to high-quality early childhood programs.