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Envisioning Equity: Federal Relief Funds for K-12 Schools in Massachusetts

Interested in learning what American Rescue Plan Act funds mean for the Commonwealth’s K-12 public schools? Watch the full briefing and Q&A discussing how these federal programs can support our schools through the pandemic and into recovery.

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Towards the Other Side: Past the Pandemic and Beyond to an Equitable Recovery

Massachusetts children and families are beginning to look forward to the other side of the health and economic crises of 2020. But moving beyond the …

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SUMMARY – The Cost of Universal, Affordable, High-Quality Early Care & Education Across Massachusetts

Massachusetts families depend on early care & education (ECE) to promote healthy child development and so parents can go to work knowing their children are …

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Kids Count Data Center

MassBudget is home to KIDS COUNT in Massachusetts, a national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track and improve the well-being of children across the United States. With these data, state organizations provide policy analysis based on evidence and shine a spotlight on pressing issues in order improve programs and policies for children and families.

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Bringing in the Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief for our State Budget is Critical for a Strong, Just Recovery

For more on federal fiscal relief, read That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation and That’s A Relief Part II: Federal Fiscal …

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Statement on Reopening the Commonwealth

Read the full statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), in response to the Governor’s Reopening Massachusetts plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FAQ: Status of the Mass. Early Education Sector During and Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak

Introduction Quality early education and care (EEC) is not only critical for helping young children to learn and grow, it’s also vital to our economy …

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That’s A Relief Part II: Federal Fiscal Relief for Community Development in the CARES Act

Read That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation here. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act,” or …

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That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation

Learn what federal relief though the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and other recently passed legislation means for the Commonwealth during the public health crisis.

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Testimony to the Economic Roundtable: We must ensure collective well-being and economic security in the Commonwealth

Read the full testimony from our President, Marie-Frances Rivera, for the Massachusetts Legislature’s April Virtual Economic Roundtable, originally scheduled for April 7, 2020.

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Keeping Promises and Investing in Our Recovery: Why We Must Fund the Student Opportunity Act

With statewide school closures, we must ensure that children are safe, fed, and do not fall behind. Learn how COVID-19 is impacting the Student Opportunity Act, and what can be done to ensure that all schools have enough resources to fully support each and every child when they reopen their doors.

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Spotlight on Equity: Testing and Treatment for Everyone, Regardless of Income, Health Insurance Coverage, or Immigration Status

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic exposes disparities in our health care system. It also highlights how interconnected we are to each …

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How Should Mass. Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis?

We Must Provide Robust Economic Relief and Recovery for Vulnerable Populations and Children in Massachusetts Policy is the lever that we can pull to bring …

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Why the Count Counts: Federal Funding and the 2020 Census

Our latest brief, Why the Count Counts, outlines the generational impacts a complete and accurate count of every Massachusetts resident will have in the 2020 Census, federal funds that would be directly affected, and more.

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FY 2021 GOVERNOR’S BUDGET: MassHealth and Health Reform – Governor proposes to hold steady

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Opportunity Delayed: FY 2021 Governor’s Budget for K-12 Funding Falls Short by $74M for Low-Income Kids

As part of implementing the Commonwealth’s new school funding law, the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), the Governor proposed increasing Chapter 70 aid by $303.5 million over current levels in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. In this first year, the Governor delivers on one-seventh (14 percent) of the SOA reforms in most areas—special education, health care for educators, social-emotional support, and increments for English Language Learners—keeping those reforms on track for full implementation in seven years. However, not all of the SOA reforms are consistently or equitably phased in by the Governor’s proposal despite this goal being outlined in the law. One critical area that is not on track—increased support for students from low-income families through Low-Income Rates.

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Case Study: Increasing Quality After-School Opportunities in Salem, Massachusetts

Without sufficient funding, communities across the Commonwealth face challenges in helping all students, particularly those most in need of additional support, gain access to affordable, quality after-school opportunities. This report aims to provide tailored guidance to one community, Salem, Massachusetts, on how to provide services to more youth. This includes evaluating its current after-school landscape, compiling data from local providers, applying lessons learned from after-school efforts across the country, and providing recommendations on how Salem can expand access to quality after-school.

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FY 2021 BUDGET PREVIEW: Delivering on the K-12 Education Funding Overhaul & the Student Opportunity Act (SOA)

Now that the state has revamped its education funding formula, how will lawmakers fund these changes in this first year of implementation?

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FY 2021 BUDGET PREVIEW: Will the Governor reboot his dependent deduction proposal or take a more targeted approach?

Will the Governor again propose to double the state’s dependent deduction, which wasn’t adopted by the Legislature, or will state lawmakers provide more targeted tax support for working families with greater need?

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KIDS COUNT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Kathryn Audette
Director of Government Affairs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Michael Curry, CHAIR
Executive Committee, National Board of Directors NAACP
President & CEO, Mass. League of Community Health Centers

Suzanne Curry
Co-Director of Policy and Government Relations, Health Care for All

Joe Diamond
Executive Director, Mass. Association for Community Action

Titus dos Remedios
Director of Research and Policy, Strategies for Children

Susan Elsen
Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba
Executive Director, Children’s HealthWatch

Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers – Mass. Chapter

Marianna Islam
Director of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation

Lisa Lambert
Executive Director, Parent/Professional Advocacy League

Erin McAleer
CEO, Project Bread

Tammy Mello
Executive Director, Children’s League of Massachusetts

Shannon Moore
Director of State Govt. Relations, Children’s Hospital

Kevin Murray
Executive Director, Mass. Advocates for Children

Amy O’Leary
Early Education for All Campaign Director, Strategies for Children

Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director, Mass. Public Health Association

Pam Nourse
Executive Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs

Norma Shapiro
Citizens for Public Schools

Leon Smith
Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

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