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The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children (BTWIC) drives systems change in early education in Massachusetts that leads to greater access and quality of care for children in low-income households.

Breaking News: A Statement on Governor Baker’s FY 2016 Budget

“Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed FY’16 budget fails to address critical needs in the Commonwealth’s early childhood education and care and out-of-school-time programs. We understand the fiscal realities the Commonwealth faces, but we believe the administration has missed an important opportunity to signal its commitment to all elements of the education continuum, particularly the critical segment of early education and care.

A renewed commitment is needed to put our youngest children on the right track. It’s time early education and out-of-school programs are recognized as essential elements of the education system. They are not extras, or optional. Strengthening early education and care should be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s long-term plan to invest in human capital to support growth and quality goals.”

— Put MA Kids First Coalition —

A group of more than two-dozen early childhood education organizations and out-of-school programs, as quoted in the State House News Service

Advice for Prospective College Students


Helping early education teachers improve their teaching skills.



An Early Educator’s Roadmap to a College Degree™ is a 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 degree. Visit the Roadmap now.

Nutrition Support for Young Children


Ensuring access to nutritious food at child care centers.


BTWIC is conducting a variety of research and outreach activities to identify solutions leading to greater access to healthier meals and snacks for children in early learning settings in Massachusetts. Read more about Eating to Learn.

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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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