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Thursday, May 05, 2022

Healey Outlines Support for Transforming Early Education And Care In Massachusetts

 Healey Outlines Support for Transforming Early Education And Care In Massachusetts


JAMAICA PLAIN – Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey today toured the Ellis Early Learning Center in Jamaica Plain and spoke to early education and care providers about the challenges they are facing. 


In a media availability following the visit, Healey outlined her commitment to transform our early education and care system in Massachusetts. She expressed her support for the Common Start legislation, which would make child care free for Massachusetts’ lowest-income families, limit child care costs for most families to no more than 7 percent of their income, and significantly increase pay for early educators to address the workforce crisis in the early education field. 


“We saw in stark relief how essential child care is to the basic functioning of our economy during COVID – our children suffered, parents couldn’t go to work, and our businesses and economy struggled,” said Healey. “If we want Massachusetts to be a place where every family can thrive, we need a transformation of our early education and care system to make it more affordable and accessible for all. We also must address the staffing shortage by raising the wages of our child care providers. That is my commitment as Governor.”


In her conversation with educators today, many referenced colleagues who left the early education and care workforce to go work for Amazon, Home Depot, and other companies because the wages are actually higher than they make caring for children. 


In addition to supporting Common Start and her commitment to prioritizing child care in her budget as Governor, Healey is pledging to continue her advocacy for greater federal investments in child care.


As Attorney General, Maura Healey has been a strong advocate for greater investment in early education and care. She successfully called on Congress to invest billions in the industry, supported federal child care legislation, and urged Congress to make the child tax credit permanent.


Photos from the visit can be downloaded here for media use. Please credit the Healey Campaign.

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