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Expanding Early Education and Child Care Opportunities Report released
March 7, 2022
Across the 41 cities and towns the SouthCoast Community Foundation serves, there are approximately 50,000 children under the age of 5, but only 20,000 childcare slots, translating roughly into 2.5 children for every slot. This lags the state, with two children for every slot. Scarcity is only one aspect of a multilayered issue plaguing the early education and child care system and only one example of how the South Coast region is trailing the state.
To deepen the Community Foundation’s understanding of the topic and take its first step toward making early education and child care a significant focus for the organization, it is rolling out a report this week produced in partnership with the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University. The Expanding Early Education and Child Care Opportunities (EECCO) report provides a rigorous assessment of the Community Foundation catchment area using the best available data and supplemented by 21 interviews with regional experts and thought leaders.
The report is available on the SouthCoast Community Foundation website in both English, Spanish, and in Portuguese shortly.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation has distributed the report to local legislators, education leaders, and funders and is hosting convenings virtually and in person over the next several weeks to illuminate the opportunities surfaced in the report, gain a deeper understanding of the issues, and inspire philanthropic-minded individuals and institutions.