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Care for Our Commonwealth: The Cost of Universal, Affordable, High-Quality Early Care & Education Across Massachusetts

Early Care and Education is Critical for Families Across the Commonwealth, while adults work to provide for their families, they depend on reliable and nurturing …

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Relief Is on the Way: Part I—State and Local Funding from the American Rescue Plan

The passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the availability of significant new federal revenue gives Massachusetts a once-in-a-generation opportunity. With thoughtful choices, these …

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Bringing in the Relief: The Census Counts for Equity (updated)

As far as most of us are concerned, the 2020 Census has been over for months. There have been far more important concerns over this …

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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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Testimony before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on H.2681, “An Act Ensuring Equitable Representation in the Commonwealth”

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Making Every Student Count

Accurately counting low-income and English Language Learner students, who are more likely to require a diverse array of academic and social resources to succeed in school, is important to ensure that school districts receive the funding necessary to support all of their students. Communities with large numbers of immigrants are often disproportionately affected by the challenges of obtaining an accurate count of low-income students.

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Infographic: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as #LatinxHeritageMonth (running Sept. 15-Oct. 15), our infographics analyze the number of eligible Hispanic tax filers per county that could or already benefitting from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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Concentrated Poverty Snapshot

Nearly 90,000 children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are living in concentrated-poverty. What is the long-term effect on our children and our communities? Read the full snapshot, and stay tuned for our upcoming analysis on the issue.

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Testimony before the Joint Committee on Transportation on H.3012/S.2061, “An act relative to work and family mobility”

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Video Explainer: Building an Education System that Works for Everyone

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Towards Equity: School Funding Reform in Massachusetts

Massachusetts benefits when all our children receive quality educational experiences in school that allow them to lead successful, fulfilling, and productive lives. Creating an education system where all students can reach success plays a significant role in creating a vibrant democracy and strong economy. Despite the significant progress in the Commonwealth driven by the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993, the success of Massachusetts schools has not reached all our children.

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What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth in 2019?

Every month, the MassHealth program (Massachusetts’ Medicaid program) provides health insurance for more than 1.8 million residents of the Commonwealth: children in low-income households; low-wage workers; elders in nursing homes; people with disabilities; and others with very low incomes who cannot afford insurance. This is more than one-quarter of the Commonwealth’s population, including close to half the state’s children. Not surprisingly, such a comprehensive program represents a large share of the state’s budget. But how much?

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A Promise of Equity: Designing a Debt-Free Higher Education Program That Works for Everyone

As Massachusetts considers several proposals to make college tuition-and-fee-free or debt-free, this paper looks at how different design elements of such a guarantee could affect access and affordability for students from less wealthy families, students of color, and immigrant students in Massachusetts.

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Investment in After-School & Summer Learning in Massachusetts: Current Funding & Unmet Need

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A Chilly Reception: Proposed Immigration Rule Creates Chilling Effect for New Immigrants and Current Citizens

The Trump Administration announced on October 10 a proposal that would fundamentally change our country’s approach to immigration. This proposal would change what is known as the “public charge” immigration rule, which could make it very difficult for many immigrants to receive the Green Cards or visas that allow them to enter or stay in this country legally.

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Massachusetts Poverty Rate Flat, Median Income Growth Slowed in 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), allowing us to see how Massachusetts residents fared economically last year. Although the state has made significant gains in poverty reduction and income growth in recent years, especially since the recession, year-over-year progress began to slow in 2017. Compared to 2016, the poverty rate was essentially flat, and median household income grew at a much slower pace.

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Building an Education System that Works for Everyone: Funding Reforms to Help All Our Children Thrive

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Caring for Kids: Majority of Massachusetts Children Have Benefitted from MassHealth Programs

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Time to Care: The Health Effects of Paid Family & Medical Leave

In healthy communities, children are more likely to be born healthy and can grow up to be healthy adults. When people are healthy they are better able to reach their full potential and make lasting contributions to society. Health is influenced by a variety of complex factors, such as where one lives, access to healthy foods, and affordability of health care. Policies that address the ability of workers to care for family members, like Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML), can also shape and influence health.

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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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