Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase

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Salaries for early education and care teachers in Massachusetts average around $25,000 per year. Much lower than their counterparts teaching pre-school in the public school system. This rate increase is intended to give small salary increases, as well as improvements in benefits and professional development opportunities to teachers in center-based early education and care programs.

The path to higher quality early education across the state includes the ability to hire and retain highly qualified teachers with degrees in early childhood education. Increasing salaries for these professionals is one piece in a larger puzzle contributing to an improved work place and a stronger ability for early education providers to keep their best teachers. The FY 2015 rate increase averages out to about a 3 percent increase in salary for teachers, although providers could also spend some of the increase on professional development opportunities, improved benefits or other quality improvements.

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