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.