Community Labor United is thrilled at Mayor Walsh’s commitment of $15 million to Universal Pre-Kindergarten. These funds will increase the availability of Pre-K slots for four year olds, and raise job standards for educators. 

This is a step in the right direction. Massachusetts’ child care costs are among the highest in the nation. Additionally, when child care is available, it remains inaccessible to many families, who cannot find providers who can accommodate non-traditional work schedules. Tens of thousands of children state-wide are on waiting lists for child care subsidies, and pay for child care providers remains low. 

Said Lindsay McCluskey, Deputy Director of Community Labor United, “We applaud Mayor Walsh on this sorely-needed funding. New Pre-K slots for four year olds will provide relief to Boston families who struggle under our current child care system. We look forward to working with City leaders to continue to address the needs of families and child care providers.”

Community Labor United now calls on Governor Baker and the Department of Early Education and Care to use $58 million in new federal child care block grant funding to take families off the child care subsidy waiting list, raise pay for providers, and expand access to child care during nonstandard hours. These funds can change the lives of thousands of families across the state. Governors of 42 other states have already announced their intentions for these new funds, and Governor Baker should follow suit.

Recent Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Translate »
Woman on CBS Boston speaking about need for Affordable Child CarePeople sitting in a conference room smiling with name tags