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Welcome to the Resource Hub for the Department of Early Education and Care’s next five-year Strategic Plan: 2020-2024!

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About the EEC Community Learning Tours

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Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy

I am happy to welcome you to the Resource Hub for the Department of Early Education and Care’s next five-year strategic plan for 2020-2024. The process to develop a plan launched in October 2019 and will continue through March 2020.

Our goals for the planning project are to develop an actionable, ambitious plan that will measurably improve outcomes for children and families in Massachusetts. To reach this goal, we are striving to make our planning process as inclusive as possible - with in person meetings across the state, as well as ways to provide feedback virtually. Ultimately, we hope to develop a plan that represents all the wonderful work that is already occurring – but is also unafraid of taking on big ideas or new efforts. Read more about our process here.

We invite you to join us in one of the following ways:

Thank you for being active participants in developing our vision for children and families. We are grateful for your engagement and support!

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Community Learning Tour Schedule

Help us develop a plan for Massachusetts in which all children develop as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and all families are supported in their essential work as parents and caregivers. Learning sessions will be held across the state to help us create a road map for EEC's work in the years to come!  Please join us at one of the sessions listed below, and RSVP online to let us know you are coming!

Upcoming Meetings:

Western: Wednesday, February 26 5:00 to 7:00 PM at EEC's Springfield Office
Metro Boston: Thursday, February 27, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at EEC's Quincy Office
Northeast: Monday, March 2, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at EEC's Lawrence Office. 
Boston: Wednesday, March 4, 10:00am to 12:00 PM at EEC's Boston Office
Central: Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at EEC's Worcester Office
Southeast: Thursday, March 5, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at EEC's Taunton Office


Previous Meetings:

Southeast: October 28, 2019, 3:00 to 5:00 PM at EEC's Taunton Office
Metro Boston: October 29, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 PM at EEC's Quincy Office
Northeast: November 13, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 PM at EEC's Lawrence Office
Western: November 14, 2019 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Community Foundation of Western MA
Central: November 18, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 PM at EEC's Worcester Office
Boston: November 19, 2019 2:00 to 4:00 PM at EEC's Boston Office

Community Feedback to Date

From the Desk of: 
Samantha Aigner-Treworgy
Commissioner of Early Education and Care

It's been just over four months since I was sworn in by Governor Baker as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  In that time, EEC has launched the strategic planning process to build a roadmap for the Department's work in the years ahead.  Please read below for some updates on that work and other initiatives that are currently underway at EEC!  

Significant Engagement from Early Education Field and Stakeholders
In early fall, EEC launched a strategic action planning process.  The participation across the state has been simply amazing!  You have shown up, shared, and engaged at incredible rates! Our survey has over 700 responses, representing 11,000+ voices. Over 500 of you attended an in-person community listening session. You’ve sent us over 100 plans, research, and reports to review – and emailed, called, and offered handwritten notes to me at every turn. I am deeply grateful for your commitment to children, families, the future of this Department, and the field.

Emerging Areas of Focus
While almost $680 million in state and federal funds is invested in early education and care in Massachusetts annually, the most prominent feedback EEC received was that there are still many families who need access to affordable high-quality programs.  Some themes we have heard across the state include:

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Connection to Budgeting
These themes and the concrete feedback shared with us over the last two months have been a driving force in the development of the Board of Early Education and Care's budget recommendation for fiscal year 2021 and their priorities build a foundation for the emerging strategic plan. The Board's goal is to develop a strategic plan that is informed by community feedback and is supported by concrete budget priorities that accelerate EEC's work to meet the needs of early education and care providers.

Internal Planning at EEC
The Department is also conducting internal strategic planning to help ensure that EEC has the right resources, roles, and structures in place to efficiently and effectively improve outcomes for the Commonwealth's children and families.  As EEC develops its internal strategic assessment, we will leverage your input during the Community Listening Sessions this winter and notify you of any changes to EEC's organizational structures that will improve engagement with the customers we serve.

What's Next?

  • EEC will conduct another round of Community Listening Sessions and a second survey in late January and February – please stay tuned!
  • The Massachusetts Partnership for Infants and Toddlers is surveying families with children age 5 and under.  Please share the Family Survey with your networks!  It is open for response until January 15th.
  • The Board of Early Education and Care will hold a regular monthly meeting on March 10th and at this time we expect for the Board to vote on the final strategic plan at that meeting.