We stand up for a Massachusetts where everyone gets a fair shot, does and pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.
On Wednesday, Massachusetts Fair Share joined hundreds of early educators, advocates and parents at the Statehouse for Early Education and School Age Provider Day, organized by the “Put Massachusetts Kids First” coalition. The coalition of more than two dozen organizations is calling on state leaders to invest an additional $50 million in our youngest learners and the workforce that is so critical to assuring they get quality care.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo address the crowd and committed to investing in these critical programs.
Massachusetts should lead on early education, but when it comes to early education we’re falling behind. Since 2001, we’ve seen a 50% decrease in the state’s commitment to early learning. We can do better.
Massachusetts Fair Share helped highlight some of the stories of parents as part of the advocacy work:
“When we got access to a voucher so our younger son could attend preschool, it was life-changing,” said Cambridge resident Jill McCain-Santiago, mother of two preschool-aged children. “I’ve seen first-hand how early education is a critical investment – and I hope we can do more to help the workforce, as they are essential to making sure children thrive.”
“My middle son just began preschool, and it’s already clear just how much he’s learned – especially socially in group settings,” said Jenna Leschuk, mother of three, who lives in West Roxbury and runs a small design business. “I’m deeply concerned with the cuts we’ve seen to early education programs across the state. Every child, especially those who would benefit the most, should have the chance to go to a high-quality program.”