On Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a 6 percent rate increase for all early education programs that provide care for low-income families, worth $28.6 million, which represents the largest rate hike for subsidized early education and care programs in 10 years. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will also increase access to child care – serving approximately 1,100 more children during FY’18 – by reissuing vouchers from families that no longer need subsidized care during the year, which would have gone unused otherwise.
The significant investment in rate increases will support early educator salaries and benefits at early education and care programs in order to improve hiring and retention issues faced by programs that serve families receiving state subsidies.
“We are pleased to work with the Legislature to provide these rate increases for providers who care and educate our youngest residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is vital for these programs to be able to train and retain experienced staff, and these rates increases will help them accomplish that important aspect of any high-quality child care program.”
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