Public Programs

Getting to the Point on Child Care Policy in the Commonwealth




GTTP child care

On December 2, the Kennedy Institute welcomed state and local leaders, advocates, providers, and members of the business community to discuss the barriers to affordable, quality child care across Massachusetts and the effect this has on industry and family security. The panel explored efforts to strengthen access to affordable care at the local and state level, how the lack of child care impacts the Commonwealth’s workforce, economy and family security, and the importance of building a talent pipeline.

Moderated by Lauren Kennedy, co-founder of Neighborhood Villages, this conversation featured:

Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

Theresa S. Loch, Teacher Researcher, Worcester Child Development Head Start Program

Maria Gonzalez-Moeller, CEO, The Community Group

Amy O’Leary, Campaign Director, Early Education for All, Strategies for Children

Tania del Rio, Executive Director, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement

The Institute was pleased to partner with Neighborhood Villages on this event and also offered free child care on-site for the duration of the program.

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Additional Resources

  • First Saturday Drop-in Tours

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for drop-in tours on the first Saturday of every month. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs.

  • February Vacation Week

    Bring your future senators to the Institute during February Vacation week for drop-in activities and kid-friendly family programming.

  • Getting to the Point with Richard Blanco

    Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will visit the Institute for a discussion on the themes he explores in his recent poetry collection, How to Love a Country, and how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals.