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BTWIC’s Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where does BTWIC focus its efforts?

  • The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children works to positively impact early education for all children throughout the state of Massachusetts, with a special emphasis on children of families who receive government subsidies for early education – households where poverty and other factors put children at risk for physical, social, cognitive, and developmental delays. Our offices are located in Boston, but we do work in communities across the Commonwealth, including Greater Lowell, New Bedford, Fall River, Springfield, Lawrence, Cape Cod, and Worcester.

 

How does BTWIC work to create change?

  • 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. BTWIC drives systems change through research, policy development, communication, and outreach. BTWIC strives to improve Massachusetts’ delivery system for early education and care so that more young children from low-income families and communities enter kindergarten ready to learn..

 

What makes BTWIC unique from other early childhood education advocacy organizations?

  • BTWIC does not provide direct services. It conducts grassroots research, builds partnerships, convenes stakeholders around early education issues, and advocates for specific state-level changes. Inherent in the work is identifying strategies that do not simply require additional dollars but that improve existing practices and procedures. BTWIC also works to elevate public understanding of the positive impact on society of quality early education, striving to build support for the field.

 

Who does BTWIC collaborate with or engage to further its work?

  • State Government
    • Mass. Department of Early Education and Care
    • Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Department of Labor/Developing Early Childhood Educators (Springfield)
  • Other Advocates
    • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
    • Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
    • BOSTnet
    • Catholic Charities Boston
    • CAYL Institute
    • Children’s Investment Fund
    • Collaborative for Educational Services
    • Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions
    • Community Partnerships for Children
    • Community Teamwork
    • Crittenton Women’s Union
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • MADCA
    • Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
    • Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP)
    • Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children
    • Massachusetts Independent Child Care Organization
    • Morgan Memorial Goodwill
    • Nurtury (formerly Associated Early Care and Education)
    • SEIU Local 509
    • Stand for Children
    • Strategies for Children/Early Education for All
    • Thrive in 5 Boston
    • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • R&Rs, CPCs, and Early Education and Care Providers
    • American Family Child Care
    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
    • Bright Horizons
    • Catholic Charities
    • Cape Cod Child Development Center
    • Child Care Choices of Boston
    • Child Care Resources/Children’s Aid and Family Services – Seven Hills Foundation
    • Child Development and Education
    • Citizens for Citizens
    • Community Teamwork (Worcester)
    • Community Teamwork (Lowell)
    • Dimock Head Start
    • Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield
    • Edward Street Child Care (Worcester)
    • Fall River Family Service Association
    • Family Services of Central Mass
    • For Kids Only Afterschool
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • Greater Lawrence Community Partnerships for Children
    • Guild of St. Agnes
    • Lawrence YMCA
    • Little People’s College (New Bedford)
    • Little Sprouts
    • Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network (MACCR&R)
    • Massachusetts Head Start Association
    • NorthStar Learning Centers
    • Parent-Child Home Program
    • Parenting Resource Center (Lexington)
    • Pre-School Enrichment Program (Springfield)
    • Project HOPE
    • South Shore Stars
    • Tartts Day Care Centers
    • The Community Group
    • Worcester Comprehensive Education and Care
    • Worcester YWCA
  • Universities
    • Harvard Law School, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
    • Wellesley College
    • Wheelock College
    • University of Massachusetts-Boston

 

What efforts have contributed to BTWIC’s success?

  • BTWIC utilizes scholarly research and data collection and direct communication with early childhood educators and families with young children to get a complete and accurate view of the issues.
  • BTWIC releases high-quality public policy reports that are easily understood by those new to the field, and are detailed enough to capture the attention of government officials as well as business leaders and funders.  The recommendations that are included in these reports are impactful and realistic suggestions for change that often rely on better utilizing existing programs and funding rather than requesting new funding.
  • BTWIC works with the Department of Early Education and Care and other state departments to implement policy reforms.
  • BTWIC continues the work on successful policy reform issues by measuring outcomes.  This follow-up allows BTWIC to prove that its recommendations create positive, sustained change in the community.

 

How is BTWIC funded?

  • The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children is funded primarily through philanthropic entities, such as foundations and the charitable giving arm of various corporations. Additional funding is provided through individual gifts from donors and in-kind gifts.  BTWIC does not seek nor accept any federal funding. This allows the Initiative to seek policy change regardless of the political climate.