To the Editor:
Dear Massachusetts community members, and especially our elected state house and senate reps debating today on details of the State Childcare Legislation.
Thank you. Thank you so much for the wind in the sails of bills H.489/S.301 about to merge into a rainbow of inspiration and illumination during this session of our Massachusetts Congress.
Living in a state that prioritizes education, I was recently reminded that nothing magical happens at age 5. We start learning at birth, so by age 5, our little brains are 95% developed.
Age 0-5 years old is such a rich time in our lives as little citizens. We see, feel, hear, touch and taste (everything goes in our mouth). It all flushes in as big people in our lives help us sort it out. “I was able to be home with my son during those years“, really means my husband and I hustled to make it work financially. He was growing a business, and I would tag out to work in a garden or a restaurant when Demy went to Island Children’s School. One year, we were awarded a Bailey Boyd grant, which helped soothe the $800 a month bite. For part time.
This new legislation is to revive a dying industry. Parents cannot pay any more. Preschool teachers cannot live on any less. Their counterparts teaching K-8 grade make three times the salary.
Thank you, Governor Maura Healey, Julian Cyr, & Dylan Fernandes for supporting these bills. I’m excited to see this vision of pay parity in Early Education actualize. Thank you.