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32% of Children Live in Cost-Burdened Households: MassBudget Urges Lawmakers to Focus on Affordability

Massachusetts ranks second in child well-being nationally, according to the 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. However, high housing costs relative to family income continue to ...
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Family Child Care Programs: A Primer

Family child care (FCC) programs are a vital piece of the early education and care sector in Massachusetts that disproportionately support the Commonwealth’s highest need ...
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How Baby Bonds Could Reduce Massachusetts’ Growing Wealth Gap

Across Massachusetts, racial wealth gaps are among the widest in the country. Structural barriers prevent or challenge households of color from building assets that could ...
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How Much Will Each District Benefit from the New Child & Dependent Tax Credit?

The proposed Child and Family Tax Credit would help families by providing a refundable credit each year for each child under 13 and dependent adults ...
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Testimony in Support of H489/S301 on Affordable and Accessible Early Education

Policy Analyst Adam Jones urges the Joint Committee on Education to create a Commonwealth that features high-quality, affordable child care accessible to more families.
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New Census Data Highlights Need for Family Tax Credits Waiting in State House

While the Massachusetts Legislature debates two versions of expanded tax credits to improve affordability for families, new census data dramatically show what a difference these ...
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New Poll: Big Majority of Voters Support Child and Family Tax Credit that Reaches $600

Newly conducted polling shows 77% of registered Massachusetts voters support the creation of a Child and Family Tax Credit of $600. The Massachusetts legislature is ...
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State-Level Child Tax Credits are Having a Moment in the Sun: Will Massachusetts Families be Left in the Dark?

The Massachusetts legislature is considering creating the Child and Family Tax Credit (CFTC), a refundable tax credit for families with children and adult dependents. It ...
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Letter to Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll on a Family Tax Credit

A letter to Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll on a consolidating different family tax supports into one simpler, fully refundable Family Tax Credit.
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Prospects for Investment, Stability, and Growth in Early Education in Massachusetts

As the challenges of the COVID pandemic continue to reverberate across the state, early education and care (EEC) providers persevere every day. Early care centers ...
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