BOSTON, MA – Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $46 million in funding awards to multiple initiatives that support the quality and availability of early education and care programs serving young children across the Commonwealth.
Included in the $46 million of grants was $13.3 million in Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Networks grants.
A total of 89 grants were awarded to local Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) networks to provide beneficial early learning opportunities for young children accompanied by their parents or family in informal community-based settings, and programming for parents and families that increases their capacity to support their children’s learning and development. In 2016, the CFCE networks served more than 100,000 families across the Commonwealth.
Of local interest, Community Teamwork, Inc. received one of the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Network grants in the amount of $137,794. Community Teamwork services Wilmington, as well as Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Tyngsboro. The organization strengthens communities and reduces poverty by delivering vital services and helps create housing, education and economic opportunities.
“As part of our commitment to early education, we are proud to announce more than $46 million to help strengthen early education services and programs for young children and their families in cities and towns across Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “[These] grants, coupled with an already announced 6% rate increase for early education providers, ensure programs will continue to improve for their students and retain quality staff.”
“Our administration is pleased to issue these awards that equip early education and care programs and teachers with the resources they need to provide high-quality care and enrichment for their students,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said. “The $46 million in funding will go a long way in providing quality early education and care for families in every corner of the Commonwealth.”
“The services and supports that these initiatives provide to the early education and care field are critical to helping them positively impact the lives of Massachusetts’ youngest learners,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber. “Increasing the capacity of our early childhood workforce to foster children’s learning and healthy development strengthens families and our communities.
“Our underlying theme in early education is focused on quality, and in particular, on the workforce as the lever by which we are going to improve outcomes for children,” Education Secretary James Peyser said. “That’s why earlier this year, the Baker-Polito Administration made an unprecedented investment, providing a 6 percent rate increase for all early education programs that provide care for low-income families. These additional grants to programs announced today will further the mission of increasing quality for early education and care.”
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education.)
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