- Executive Office of Education
- Department of Early Education and Care
Media Contact for Early Education and Care Programs to Receive Additional $20 Million in Rate Increases in FY20
Colleen Quinn, Communications Director, Executive Office of Education
Boston — On Tuesday, the Board of Early Education and Care voted to approve a rate increase worth $20 million, retroactive to July 1, for early education providers who receive state subsidies for childcare.
The additional funds to support state-subsidized early education and care providers was included in the fiscal year 2020 budget signed by Governor Charlie Baker earlier this year. The money will be used to improve quality and boost salaries of educators and staff. With this latest increase, early educators will have received rate increases worth a total of $127 million during the past four years.
In addition to a rate increase of 3.52 percent across the board, the Board of Early Education and Care also authorized the Department Early Education and Care (EEC) to increase the daily reimbursement rate for all state-subsidized center-based childcare programs that serve low-income families by at least 3.52 percent and raise the daily add-on rate for children under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to $19 a day.
“We are pleased to partner with our colleagues in the Legislature to make these important investments in early education and childcare programs for providers across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This additional funding will build upon the progress we have made during our administration to ensure early childhood providers can hire and retain well-qualified teachers and staff.”
“This significant rate increase will support families by providing access to stable, high-quality early education and care in communities throughout Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
“These additional raises will help stabilize the workforce, ensure programs can pay good teachers more and continue to build on the quality of educational programs,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.
“The Department of Early Education and Care is thrilled to provide strong support for early childhood providers,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy. “This investment builds on the federal guidance to ensure that childcare rates continue to meet the real cost of care.”
“This investment is a crucial one as we work to ensure that all children have the opportunity to benefit from access to high-quality care in the earliest and most critical years of life,” Early Education and Care Board Chair Nonie Lesaux said.
In May, the Board of Early Education and Care approved an earlier FY20 rate increase worth $7.2 million. That increase helped bring regional rates closer to the market rates in each region of the state. Providers also received 4.58 percent and 8 percent rate increases in FY19 and FY18, respectively.
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) subsidizes the enrollment of approximately 55,000 children each day in high-quality early education and care programs across the state. These subsidies allow low-income families or those are in-need of assistance to access high-quality care at minimal or no cost to them.