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

  • Postponed: Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.

  • Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on April 4.

  • Postponed: First Saturday Drop-in Tours

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Drop-In tours on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.