• Worcester Sep 9

    Pelosi Visits Worcester to Discuss Child Care Plan

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a Worcester preschool to discuss the challenges parents are facing as the pandemic drags on, including rising child care costs.

  • SCHOOLS Sep 9

    On Visit to Mass., Pelosi Touts Need for Affordable Child Care

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured a Worcester child care facility Thursday in a visit meant to highlight the importance of affordable child care. The California Democrat was joined by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts, and also met with local parents. During her appearance at the Rainbow Child Development Center she touted the recently approved investments in the child tax...

  • coronavirus Aug 31

    Mass. Officials to Vote on Early Education Mask Mandate

    The Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care will meet Tuesday to consider whether to implement an indoor mask requirement for all staff and students ages five and older in state-licensed pre-kindergarten, after-school and other early education programs.

  • mask mandate Aug 31

    Board Agrees to Early Education Mask Mandate in Mass.

    Teachers, staff and children age 5 and older who are enrolled in state-licensed day care, after-school and out-of-school programs will be required to wear masks indoors starting after Labor Day. The policy, approved unanimously by the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care, is consistent with the back-to-school policy rolled out last week by the state. Children across Massachusetts are…

  • mask mandate Aug 30

    Mass. to Implement Mask Mandate for Early Education, After-School Programs

    Consistent with the new mask-wearing rules in public schools, the Baker administration on Tuesday will seek permission to impose a mask mandate for all staff and children age 5 and older enrolled in state-licensed pre-kindergarten, after-school and other early education programs. The policy would look similar to what Education Commissioner Jeff Riley rolled out last week for students, faculty and…

  • Child Care Jun 1

    Mass. Orders Preschools, Child Care Centers to Implement Their Own COVID Policies

    Now that coronavirus-related restrictions have lifted throughout Massachusetts, the state is asking early education and child care centers to implement their own COVID-19 policies. As of midnight Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker’s mask mandate and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions expired in Massachusetts, and with it, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) retired its minimum requirements for health...

  • Education Feb 16

    Coalition Backs New Early Education Access Bill

    Massachusetts would gradually establish a universal system of early education and child care from birth through age 5, under a new and pricey bill backed by a statewide coalition of more than 120 groups. The Common Start Coalition said the pandemic has underscored how critical early education and child care is for families and the economy, and access remains out…

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