BOSTAN (WHDH) – Mayor Michelle Wu on Wednesday outlined steps her administration is taking to expand access to early childhood education and care programs in Boston.
The newly established Early Childhood Office will focus on promoting “the city’s commitment to universal, affordable, high-quality early childhood education and care for all children under the age of five,” Wu said during a press conference at the YMCA East Boston.
Wu says the office will expand access to early childhood education and care programs, will invest in the pre-school education and childcare workforce, and serve as a central entry point for residents seeking information about early childhood education and care programs, and also care services for young children. and their families.
“Every investment in our children and families to close gaps in early education and care is an investment in our collective future,” Wu said. “The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how the lack of affordable childcare puts a strain on working families and entire communities. Together with our community partners, this office will be key to preparing children for lifelong opportunities and strengthening the hard work of our childcare providers. ”
Wu noted that the office will work to prioritize the city’s youngest residents and their families by doing the following:
– Accelerate the creation of a universal pre-school system that extends to Boston Public Schools (BPS), community organizations, and family child care programs, and expands high-quality and affordable options for infants and toddlers.
– Create a single window for enrollment and access to pre-school education and childcare programs by creating an accessible, multilingual platform so that options are clear, streamlined and accessible to all families.
– Invest in early childhood education and the childcare workforce by creating sustainable career paths that recognize early childhood educators as professionals necessary for the well-being of young children.
– Coordination of advocacy activities for urban and community programs that affect the lives of young children and their families.
Wu says she will also hire someone to run the office and work in partnership with other organizations across the city.
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