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Document Number: 9876

A Case Study of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care - The study assesses the impact of the creation of Massachusetts’s Department of Early Education and Care. It finds that while there are benefits to consolidating all early childhood programs under one department such as consistency in regulation and policies, reduction of wait-list for child care – with the department piloting Universal Pre-Kindergarten – the state’s department also experienced several drawbacks – inefficient transmission of funds to communities, lacking long-term vision, and struggling to focus on quality, professional development and the “education” aspect of its mission. The brief also provides lessons and recommendations to states considering creating a similar department, highlighting strong advocacy as key. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, April 2008)...

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