During the final webinar in our three-part series, “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education,” we heard from experts in early education and care discuss how to create shared services, the benefits of automation, the need for statewide innovation, how to maintain private innovation while treating child care as a public good, and advocating for support and services.
Panelists included: Louise Stoney, Co-Founder, Opportunities Exchange, Grace Cruz, ECSO Director, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston, Lynne Mendes, Leadership Program Director, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston, Jennifer Jimenez, FCC Business Owner, Entrepreneurial Leader, and graduate of the ECE Small Business Innovation program at UMass Boston, Katie Graham, Chief Strategy Officer, The Community Group, Samantha Aigner-Trewory, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and Amy O’Leary, Director, Early Education for All Campaign, Strategies for Children. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Anne Douglass, Executive Director, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston.
If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the webinar, “Making the Vision a Reality in Massachusetts—How Do We Get There?” and download a PDF of the slides from the presentation.
Short highlights from the webinar are also available:
- Creating shared services.
- The benefits of automation, and some of the barriers to implementation.
- Small business innovation.
- The ways in which COVID-19 have shown the broader public that child care is as vital to the economy as public transportation and health care.
- The need to retain private innovation as we move toward treating child care as a public good.
“Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education” was convened by the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation in partnership with Northern Essex Community College and Volta Learning Group. Presenters in this series are from Opportunities Exchange, a national leader in developing business strategies that sustain ECE programs and improve child outcomes.