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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.


Do you work in Early Education and Care? We believe you have a story to tell! Fill out our survey with as much or as little information as you care to share and help raise the visibility of your field!

This initiative is a partnership with the Put MA Kids First Coalition, which focuses on improving outcomes for children by stabilizing and strengthening the EEC / OST workforce. Here is some recent press:

in the South Coast Today

in the Bay State Banner

on the Huffington Post



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 will launch the Roxbury “Early Education and Care Small Business Innovation Center” (SBIC). The center will provide much-needed mentorship, networking, and training opportunities for EEC business owners. Read more about the SBIC.

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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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