McCormack Speaks

April 7, 2017
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Center for Social Policy Leads Statewide Workforce Development Capacity Building

service workerEach year over 300 workforce development professionals from across the state come together for the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition (CWC) annual Sharing Skills~Building Connections conference.

The CWC, a new program in McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Social Policy (CSP), is the largest provider of capacity building for workforce development organizations across the state.

The center is coordinating the May 11 conference to provide agency staffers from across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to improve their workforce programs and practices, build connections across the range of provider systems, and share skills and experiences. Continue Reading →

March 28, 2017
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Invest in Our Children and Our Economy

by Ann Bookman and Anne Douglass, UMass Boston 

This ViewPoint piece originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal.

child painting a rainbowWhen young children birth to five have access to high-quality early care and education, they are far more likely to complete high school, go to college, and become productive workers and engaged citizens. When working parents have access to quality child care, they can be productive and focused employees. The group that is consistently overlooked in this “win-win” scenario are the child care providers that parents and employers rely on. It is time to elevate the critical role of the early education workforce and their contributions to our children and economy.

The early education system is in crisis because we have failed to recognize the essential role that early educators play. Our research shows that low compensation and a lack of professional development opportunities are to blame. Early educator salaries average $25,000 a year, only a fraction over the federal poverty level for a family of four. Economic hardship forces many of these workers— who are predominantly female — to rely on public support systems to make ends meet.

Speaker Robert DeLeo and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR) launched a groundbreaking public-private partnership with the recent release of a landmark report, “The Business Imperative for Improving Early Education.” We applaud the speaker and members of the Early Education and Care Business Advisory Group for their leadership. We strongly endorse their vision and bold recommendations for rebuilding a broken workforce development system through increased compensation and professional development opportunities.  Read more.

 

Ann Bookman directs the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Anne Douglass is executive director of the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, also at UMass Boston.

November 1, 2016
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Unpacking Clinton’s Workforce Development and Employment Policies

by Susan Crandall
Center for Social Policy

hiring signDuring the presidential debates, Candidate Clinton promoted a number of workforce development and employment policies aimed at building the middle class. In general, Clinton’s proposals are a step in the right direction, but they need to be fleshed out further to avoid unintended consequences and to ensure that that low paid workers advance. Here I dive deeper into several of these policies, and suggest additional modification to her proposals:

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October 6, 2016
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New Workforce Development Partnership Begins at Center for Social Policy

Portrait of a worker in a coffee packaging and distribution warehouseThe Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) and the University of Massachusetts Boston McCormack Graduate School Center for Social Policy (CSP) are announcing a new partnership to manage the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition (CWC). The partnership began in July 2016 and will extend for one year, after which the Center for Social Policy will operate the program so critical to the state’s workforce development system.

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