Possible Changes to Childcare Regulations


Below is a message from Elizabeth Toulan of the Family Economic Initiative:

The Department of Early Ed and Care (EEC) is proposing very harmful changes to their child care regulations that are certain to create serious barriers for families in their efforts to access child care.  Click here for talking points and text of the regulations.

Many organizations have very serious concerns about these proposed regulations, including a new eligibility requirement that single parents must pursue court-ordered child support. 

EEC is taking public comments at hearings scheduled around the state over the next two weeks (Click here) and in writing.  GBLS, MLRI, and others will be testifying at the Boston hearing, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the EEC Central office, 51 Sleeper Street, 4th floor, Boston (near the federal courthouse and the Children’s Museum).  Please join us if you can!  Even if you do not plan to testify, we need a strong show of support for families that rely on subsidized child care.

Written comments are due by 5:00 pm on October 21, 2011 at the EEC main office, 51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor,Boston,MA02210.   Later this week you will receive a sample letter that organizations can adapt to submit their own comments.  We urge everyone to do so; written comments that address even one or two issues are enormously helpful.

A big thanks to Deborah Harris of Mass Law Reform Institute and Naomi Meyer of Greater Boston Legal Services for their work on this critical issue.

 

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