On Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s six-member conference committee, drawn from the House and the Senate, completed its work of negotiating the final FY23 state budget, releasing a $52.7 billion budget proposal.
Though the House and Senate budgets funded several key early education and care items at different amounts, the conference committee budget includes the higher amount of funding in each case.
And yesterday, the House and Senate voted unanimously to pass the budget bill.
• $250 million in Commonwealth Cares for Children (C3) Stabilization Grants [line item 3000-1045]
• $60 million for a rate increase for early educators [3000-1042]
• $25 million for a new Early Education & Care Infrastructure and Policy Reform Reserve to bolster the statewide system of care, assist families in navigating the early education landscape, and help early educators with costs associated with personal childcare [3000-1046]
• $15 million for preschool expansion in the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative [3000-6025]
• $15 million for resource and referral agencies [Access Management 3000-2000], and
• $3.5 million for early childhood mental health [3000-6075]
We’ve posted the full breakdown for early education and care here.
Next the bill goes to Governor Charlie Baker who has 10 days to sign the budget into law. He can also make line item vetoes.
Click here to ask Governor Baker to sign the budget as is into law so that Massachusetts can move forward and strengthen its early education and care system.
For more information, please contact Titus DosRemedios, deputy director of Strategies for Children.