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Research. Engage. Change.

The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children (BTWIC) conducts independent and operational research to identify the most prevailing deficiencies in the Massachusetts early education and care system and works with strategic partners to champion and implement solutions that ensure underserved children enter kindergarten ready to learn.




Advancing professionalism in the field.



An Early Educator’s Roadmap to a College Degree™ is our guide for early education providers who are working toward a college degree. Find advice and support for every step on the path to earning a diploma. Visit the Roadmap now.



Empowering small business owners
In Fall 2015, BTWIC launched the Roxbury “Early Education and Care Small Business Innovation Center” (EECSBIC). The center will provide much-needed mentorship, networking, and training opportunities for EEC business owners. Read more about the EECSBIC.

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Supporting every type of early childhood education and care.


The informal care sector plays an important role in the early education system, which currently lacks the capacity to care for all young children in formalized settings. BTWIC is leading the way in helping informal care providers. Learn about our action plan.

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