Early Childhood Impact Council

Early Childhood Impact Council 

The Early Childhood Impact Council is a county-wide coalition using a Collective Impact  approach. Population data guides strategic planning and ignites the power of advocacy to change policy, practice, and funding decisions.  The council is currently working to increase access to early childhood programming, improve program quality, professional capacity, and build marketing strategies to reach parents and caregivers in our community on the importance of early childhood literacy and development.  The coalition is led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Compact.  

The Research shows the economic benefits of early education and care.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center noted: “Economic gains are both immediate and longer-term:
1) early education and care provides an immediate benefit as parents are better able to participate in the workforce and contribute to the state economy and 2) it provides a longer-term benefit as children are set on a path to become more productive adults, able to make effective contributions to society in the years ahead. These benefits are greatest for low-income children with the weakest existing formal supports.”

Successful results of a collaborative advocacy effort across the state: 

  • July 7, 2017 - MA Budget highlights for early education and care include: $15 million for a workforce rate reserve, $200,000 for preschool planning grants, and $1 million for Reach Out and Read. 
  • An additional two percent rate increase was announced December 2017. This total package is worth $28.6 million- which is the largest rate hike in more than a decade. 

The Early Childhood Impact Council meets quarterly, on the first Friday of the month in August, November, February, and May. If interested in joining us, please contact Stephanie Adornetto at sadornetto@berkshireunitedway.org or call 413-442-6948 x 22.

Watch "The Case for Early Education" - a recording of our Early Education Advocacy Day on November 4, 2016.

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