Early childhood education is essential. It’s time we treat it that way.

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The economy depends on child care. During the pandemic Early Childhood Educators were not considered essential yet those who were, had no access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education as a result of our society’s lack of investment on this irreducible stage in life. Emergency centers were an afterthought when in fact, child care should have been essential from the beginning.

The infrastructure of Early Childhood Education is lacking support and overlooked causing the economy to suffer and fail due to the societal implications that result in families scrambling to make ends meet. The Common Start Coalition {commonstartma.org}, with the support of our local legislation, is compassionate about bringing this overdue issue to the families and Children of Massachusetts. As vocational students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education & Teaching Program at GNBVT, it is our greatest hope that our society can reimagine a system that functions and supports educators at all levels. Now is the time to act and ensure that families have the care solutions they need. Building better brains and the return on investment will prove that our state will once again be the leaders of innovation and early childhood excellence. We are the future workforce and ready to be part of the solution!

Submitted, 

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Early Childhood & Education Students and Mrs. Vincent

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