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Report: Early education system needs $690 million to safely reopen

The Enterprise
Matt Murphy, SHNS

As the state this week begins to review child care center safety plans and green light re-openings, the study from the liberal-leaning Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center highlights how the situation has worsened for an industry already reliant on tuition that was struggling to meet the needs of families before the pandemic.

“There’s no going back to normal in the economy without child care being available. I think we’re all realizing, as parents and around the commonwealth, that this is vital,” said Colin Jones, a senior policy analyst for the center and the author of the report.

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