Dear Governor Baker:
Thank you for investing in the continued recovery and sustainability of the early education and care field.
The FY23 state budget includes much needed investments in the early education and care system including:
$250 million in Commonwealth Cares for Children (C3) Stabilization Grants - ensuring C3 grants continue through December 2022. [line item 3000-1045],
$60 million for a rate increase for early educators [3000-1042],
$25 million for a new Early Education & Care Infrastructure and Policy Reform Reserve to bolster the statewide system of care, assist families in navigating the early education landscape, and help early educators with costs associated with personal childcare [3000-1046].
$15 million for preschool expansion in the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative [3000-6025],
$15 million for resource and referral agencies [Access Management 3000-2000],
$3.5 million for early childhood mental health [3000-6075],
Outside section 180, providing $175 million for a new High-Quality Early Education & Care Affordability Fund.
Thank you for your leadership and commitment to high-quality early education and care, for young children, families, educators, and communities.
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