We collectively mourn the killing of George Floyd and all victims of police brutality and racial violence.
We call for justice for them, their families, and their communities.
We stand with and for Black communities and we state unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.
We reflect on our own work serving children and families in Massachusetts.
We acknowledge the institutionalized racism that has created disparities in the education, housing, employment, and health of the families that we serve.
We consider our own biases and those in our organizations and communities.
We commit to examine our individual and organizational practices, including a commitment to raising underrepresented voices within the early childhood field.
We call on all our elected officials at the federal, state, and local level to examine policies, funding, and practices with regard to race and racial disparities.
We call on Governor Baker and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to consider the racial and gender implications of major structural changes to child care in the short- and long-term.
We cannot keep adding to the ranks of the working poor and especially disadvantaging women of color for whom the costs of inequitable compensation are greater.
We recommit ourselves to achieving racial equity in early childhood and school-age programs through advocacy, action, and policy change.
Together we will stand up, speak out, and work to dismantle the historical systems of racism and inequity.
Acre Family Child Care
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
Boston Opportunity Agenda
Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc.
Commonwealth Children’s Fund
Early Care & Education Consortium
Early Childhood Consulting Group
East Boston Social Centers
Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)
Edward Street Child Services
For Kids Only Afterschool
Governmental Strategies, Inc.
Harbor City School
Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, UMass Boston
Little Folks Community Day Care Center, Inc.
Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAAEYC)
Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health, Birth to Six, Inc.
Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Massachusetts Head Start Association
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Raising a Reader MA
SEIU Local 509
Strategies for Children
The Boston Foundation
The Care Institute
The Community Group, Lawrence, MA
The Williston Northampton Children’s Center
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Wellesley Centers for Women
YMCA of Greater Boston