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The latest research and resources on the impact of affordable early education and child care in Massachusetts.

24,000 children on the Wait List. How is your community impacted?

Right now, more than 24,000 children from across Massachusetts sit on a wait list for access to affordable early education and child care. This map offers a detailed breakdown of the number of families affected by the child care wait list in each community. Hover over a town for that locality’s synopsis — or scroll through the full list of municipalities below.

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Children on Wait List Map

Alford Lenox Sandisfield New Ashford Plainfield Westfield Chicopee Hadley Whately Palmer Belchertown Ware Hardwick Oakham Fitchburg Ashby Upton Shirley Groton Townsend Bellingham Southborough Boxborough Natick Lincoln Billerica Belmont Winchester Andover Boxford Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Gosnold Fairhaven Fairhaven Fairhaven Fairhaven Weymouth Weymouth Weymouth Weymouth Hingham Hingham Hingham Hingham Hingham Everett Lynnfield Groveland Wareham Wareham Wareham Duxbury Duxbury Duxbury Duxbury Duxbury Duxbury Tisbury Tisbury Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Oak Bluffs Harwich Truro Egremont Monterey Peru Granville Hawley Florida Rowe Montague Shutesbury Northfield New Braintree Phillipston North Brookfield Templeton Worcester Princeton Ashburnham Lunenburg Hopkinton Maynard Wellesley Wellesley Carlisle Tewksbury Somerset Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Watertown Stoneham Lawrence New Bedford New Bedford New Bedford New Bedford Rochester Avon Salem Salem Salem Salem Salem Salem Salem Hamilton Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Ipswich Merrimac Newburyport Newburyport Newburyport Newburyport Chilmark Chilmark Chilmark Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Mattapoisett Scituate Scituate Scituate Scituate Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Gloucester Rockport Rockport Rockport Rockport Chatham Chatham Chatham Chatham Chatham Chatham Chatham Chatham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Eastham Sheffield Stockbridge Pittsfield Williamstown Hinsdale North Adams Chester Worthington Westhampton Easthampton Williamsburg Hatfield Bernardston Erving Warren West Boylston Westminster Uxbridge Northbridge Franklin Mendon Holliston Littleton Rehoboth Millis Dover Bedford Norton Sharon Quincy Malden Acushnet Holbrook Abington Saugus Saugus Saugus Swampscott Swampscott Swampscott Wenham Georgetown Topsfield Rowley Rowley Rowley Rowley Rowley Rowley Plymouth Plymouth Plymouth Norwell Marblehead Marblehead Marblehead Marblehead Manchester Manchester Manchester Manchester Manchester Bourne Bourne Bourne Bourne Bourne Wellfleet Wellfleet Wellfleet West Stockbridge Lee Hancock Adams Clarksburg Tolland Middlefield Montgomery Northampton Ludlow Petersham Hubbardston Auburn Hopedale Ashland Ayer Westford Dunstable Tyngsborough North Attleborough Sherborn Chelmsford Lowell Freetown Freetown Berkley Brookline Milton Wilmington Reading North Reading Chelsea Revere Revere Nahant Middleton Danvers Danvers Danvers Beverly Salisbury Salisbury Salisbury West Tisbury Edgartown Edgartown Edgartown Edgartown Edgartown Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Falmouth Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Barnstable Becket Huntington Cummington Chesterfield Ashfield Buckland South Hadley New Salem Leverett Warwick Royalston Sturbridge Spencer Winchendon Holden Grafton Boylston Northborough Lancaster Bolton Harvard Milford Marlborough Sudbury Sudbury Sudbury Plainville Foxborough Lexington Raynham Dedham Wakefield Middleborough Brockton East Bridgewater Braintree Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Hull Winthrop Winthrop Winthrop Lynn Lynn Peabody West Newbury Kingston Mashpee Mashpee Mashpee Mashpee Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans Orleans New Marlborough Washington Savoy Blandford Charlemont Goshen Heath Agawam East Longmeadow Amherst Granby Gill Wilbraham Wales West Brookfield Barre Athol Brookfield Charlton Paxton Leicester Westborough Blackstone Wrentham Medway Hudson Seekonk Attleboro Mansfield Norfolk Walpole Weston Concord Easton Norwood Randolph Woburn Cambridge Haverhill Bridgewater Hanson Rockland Marion Marion Marion Carver Cohasset Cohasset Cohasset Cohasset Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Essex Yarmouth Yarmouth Yarmouth Brewster Mount Washington Great Barrington Richmond Lanesborough Otis Tyringham Cheshire Southampton Shelburne Colrain Longmeadow West Springfield Holyoke Sunderland Leyden Monson Orange Holland Southbridge Dudley Sterling Shrewsbury Clinton Millville Framingham Stow Swansea Swansea Swansea Medfield Needham Waltham Fall River Dighton Westwood Stoughton Somerville Medford Medford Medford Burlington North Andover West Bridgewater Halifax Melrose Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Newbury Pembroke Hanover Marshfield Dalton Windsor Monroe Southwick Russell Conway Springfield Deerfield Greenfield Hampden Pelham Wendell Brimfield East Brookfield Rutland Gardner Webster Douglas Oxford Millbury Sutton Leominster Berlin Pepperell Acton Wayland Wayland Newton Dracut Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Westport Taunton Canton Arlington Methuen Dartmouth Dartmouth Dartmouth Dartmouth Dartmouth Dartmouth Lakeville Whitman Amesbury Amesbury Aquinnah Plympton Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Nantucket Dennis Dennis Dennis Dennis Provincetown Provincetown Provincetown Provincetown
Source: Mass. Department of Early Education & Care
Town Children
Age <5 
All
Children
Abington 21 32
Acton 12 31
Acushnet 20 33
Adams 37 64
Agawam 39 76
Alford 0 0
Amesbury 15 33
Amherst 88 156
Andover 20 39
Aquinnah 2 4
Arlington 31 58
Ashburnham 3 5
Ashby 3 4
Ashfield 1 2
Ashland 32 50
Athol 45 77
Attleboro 127 211
Auburn 11 15
Avon 16 21
Ayer 14 27
Barnstable 265 435
Barre 5 8
Becket 5 8
Bedford 21 43
Belchertown 25 45
Bellingham 18 29
Belmont 12 25
Berkley 6 7
Berlin 3 4
Bernardston 3 3
Beverly 100 194
Billerica 80 117
Blackstone 10 14
Blandford 1 2
Bolton 2 2
Boston 4175 7083
Bourne 53 80
Boxboro 0 1
Boxford 0 3
Boylston 0 0
Braintree 137 228
Brewster 34 58
Bridgewater 33 48
Brimfield 1 4
Brockton 685 1195
Brookfield 8 12
Brookline 34 58
Buckland 3 3
Burlington 45 68
Cambridge 200 371
Canton 31 62
Carlisle 0 0
Carver 16 22
Charlemont 1 6
Charlton 16 23
Chatham 6 11
Chelmsford 62 102
Chelsea 328 507
Cheshire 12 23
Chester 1 6
Chesterfield 1 1
Chicopee 246 494
Chilmark 0 0
Clarksburg 5 5
Clinton 16 39
Cohasset 0 1
Colrain 4 6
Concord 4 8
Conway 1 2
Cummington 2 3
Dalton 15 25
Danvers 58 93
Dartmouth 51 80
Dedham 39 59
Deerfield 5 8
Dennis 56 95
Dighton 3 9
Douglas 8 14
Dover 0 2
Dracut 106 160
Dudley 7 10
Dunstable 1 1
Duxbury 1 4
East Bridgewater 14 22
East Brookfield 3 5
East Longmeadow 12 17
Eastham 22 28
Easthampton 35 79
Easton 28 47
Edgartown 3 8
South Egremont 1 1
Erving 2 7
Essex 2 3
Everett 321 534
Fairhaven 28 48
Fall River 394 789
Falmouth 69 103
Fitchburg 228 353
Florida 0 1
Foxboro 7 19
Framingham 380 702
Franklin 14 43
Freetown 6 14
Gardner 64 105
Georgetown 1 7
Gill 5 5
Gloucester 47 97
Goshen 0 0
Gosnold 0 0
Grafton 8 15
Granby 16 24
Granville 1 4
Great Barrington 17 31
Greenfield 82 129
Groton 4 6
Groveland 5 8
Hadley 6 9
Halifax 8 13
South Hamilton 9 12
Hampden 4 11
HANCOCK 0 0
Hanover 5 6
Hanson 8 18
Gilbertville 5 7
Harvard 0 0
Harwich 29 43
Hatfield 8 11
Haverhill 329 563
Hawley 1 1
Heath 1 2
Hingham 3 8
Hinsdale 6 7
Holbrook 27 44
Holden 8 12
Holland 2 2
Holliston 6 10
Holyoke 276 499
Hopedale 6 10
Hopkinton 3 6
Hubbardston 3 9
Hudson 36 62
Hull 11 22
Huntington 7 14
Ipswich 13 24
Kingston 15 37
Lakeville 8 13
Lancaster 5 8
Lanesboro 10 17
Lawrence 1547 2636
Lee 8 16
Leicester 21 29
Lenox 13 16
Leominster 142 250
Leverett 4 8
Lexington 11 20
Leyden 0 0
Lincoln 2 4
Littleton 8 11
Longmeadow 2 3
Lowell 1325 2124
Ludlow 33 60
Lunenburg 14 21
Lynn 1022 1643
Lynnfield 6 7
Malden 483 676
Manchester 1 7
Mansfield 17 38
Marblehead 9 24
Marion 7 13
Marlborough 142 219
Marshfield 15 35
Mashpee 44 71
Mattapoisett 6 10
Maynard 10 26
Medfield 8 10
Medford 168 297
Medway 7 9
Melrose 28 44
Mendon 3 6
Merrimac 4 14
Methuen 243 422
Middleboro 46 68
Middlefield 0 0
Middleton 5 8
Milford 120 186
Millbury 21 35
Millis 9 11
Millville 4 4
Milton 41 72
Monroe 1 1
Monson 11 17
Montague 35 59
Monterey 1 1
Montgomery 3 6
Mount Washington 0 0
Nahant 0 0
Nantucket 7 11
Natick 33 53
Needham 5 18
New Ashford 2 2
New Bedford 536 992
New Braintree 0 0
Southfield 1 1
New Salem 2 2
Newbury 4 4
Newburyport 11 22
Newton 65 119
Norfolk 1 3
North Adams 109 160
North Andover 54 100
North Attleboro 43 66
North Brookfield 10 13
North Reading 16 23
Northampton 53 113
Northborough 10 19
Northbridge 17 27
Northfield 6 9
Norton 17 29
Norwell 16 20
Norwood 59 99
Oak Bluffs 4 4
Oakham 2 2
Orange 24 47
Orleans 10 15
East Otis 1 2
Oxford 31 50
Palmer 38 65
Paxton 2 2
Peabody 144 264
Pelham 4 6
Pembroke 15 29
Pepperell 15 22
Peru 2 2
Petersham 2 3
Phillipston 4 8
Pittsfield 282 524
Plainfield 0 1
Plainville 7 12
Plymouth 47 114
Plympton 0 2
Princeton 0 1
Provincetown 1 2
Quincy 644 987
Randolph 222 382
Raynham 29 45
Reading 17 34
Rehoboth 5 10
Revere 399 642
Richmond 0 0
Rochester 12 20
Rockland 50 76
Rockport 1 4
Rowe 3 5
Rowley 7 12
Royalston 1 4
Woronoco 1 1
Rutland 11 15
Salem 200 349
Salisbury 17 23
Sandisfield 3 3
Sandwich 32 54
Saugus 67 152
Savoy 0 0
Scituate 3 6
Seekonk 11 24
Sharon 4 10
Sheffield 3 6
Shelburne 8 9
Sherborn 0 0
Shirley 3 8
Shrewsbury 27 43
Shutesbury 2 4
Somerset 18 26
Somerville 179 271
South Hadley 43 64
Southampton 7 16
Southborough 7 14
Southbridge 58 99
Southwick 6 12
Spencer 31 48
Springfield 1241 2199
Sterling 4 6
Stockbridge 2 4
Stoneham 29 47
Stoughton 80 136
Stow 5 9
Sturbridge 2 3
Sudbury 9 22
Sunderland 13 17
Sutton 3 4
Swampscott 15 19
Swansea 14 22
Taunton 163 263
Templeton 13 21
Tewksbury 56 86
Vineyard Haven 11 20
Tolland 0 0
Topsfield 2 5
Townsend 11 15
Truro 0 0
Tyngsboro 16 34
Tyringham 0 0
Upton 1 3
Uxbridge 11 16
Wakefield 28 53
Wales 1 1
Walpole 10 24
Waltham 203 312
Ware 35 68
Wareham 101 170
Warren 6 11
WARWICK 0 0
Washington 6 9
Watertown 60 103
Wayland 3 9
Webster 62 86
Wellesley 13 24
Wellfleet 4 5
Wendell 2 2
Wenham 2 3
West Boylston 3 9
West Bridgewater 6 10
West Brookfield 5 13
West Newbury 2 5
West Springfield 91 138
West Stockbridge 1 1
West Tisbury 4 5
Westborough 14 21
Westfield 75 125
Westford 16 30
Westhampton 1 3
Westminster 2 2
Weston 5 8
Westport 9 18
Westwood 4 10
Weymouth 218 348
Whately 0 1
Whitman 20 30
Wilbraham 11 17
Williamsburg 1 2
Williamstown 8 12
Wilmington 25 44
Winchendon 28 37
Winchester 6 16
WINDSOR 0 0
Winthrop 69 104
Woburn 147 240
Worcester 962 1487
Worthington 2 3
Wrentham 8 12
Yarmouthport 102 154

*Data from the Massachusetts Department of early Education and Care

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Mass Budget & Policy Center Report: Building a Foundation for Success

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In its latest report, the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center explores the wide-ranging benefits of early education and care  for  both children and parents — as well as the overall economy.

A quick summary, directly from Mass Budget’s report:

For children: Participation in early education and care helps lay a foundation for success in school and in life. Many children who participate in early education and care have better academic outcomes later in their K-12 careers. They also have improved social outcomes, participating in the workforce at higher rates, earning more, and accessing other public benefits at lower rates.

For parents: Early education and care makes it easier for parents to work, giving them the support they need to seek and keep jobs, to improve their economic circumstances, and to provide for their families. This kind of support has become even more important since welfare reforms of the mid-1990s, which encouraged welfare recipients to join the workforce.

For the economy: Economic gains are both immediate and longer-term: 1) early education and care provides an immediate benefit as parents are better able to participate in the workforce and contribute to the state economy; and 2) it provides a longer-term benefit as children are set on a path to become more productive adults, able to make effective contributions to society in the years ahead. These benefits are greatest for low-income children with the weakest existing formal supports.

Check out the full report: Building A Foundation for Success

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Massachusetts Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot Program Evaluation

Massachusetts Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot Program Evaluation
Abt Associates – December 2008

As Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Read the full report here.

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Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40

Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40
HighScope Perry – 2005

This HighScope Perry study followed the lives of 123 at-risk children born in poverty. At ages 3 and 4, children were divided into two groups — one that received high-quality early education and another that received no preschool program. Now well into adulthood, the subjects were visited 40 years later. Additional information was compiled from school, social service and criminal records.

The comprehensive study found that children who had access to quality early education programs had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool.

Read the full study here.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Title I Chicago Child-Parent Center Program

Age 21 Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Title I Chicago Child-Parent Center Program
University of Wisconsin – June 2001

This study conducted a full cost-benefit analysis of the federal Title I Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program in Chicago. The CPC is a school-based preschool and early school-age intervention program for low-income children that emphasizes parent involvement and the development of literacy skills.

Previous studies have shown quality early education programs to be independently associated with higher student achievement and lower dropout rates. Participation in these programs also led to lower incidences of juvenile arrests and reduced need for school remedial services

The University of Wisconsin review concluded that economic and societal benefits of the CPC program far outweighed the costs. For every 1,000 children who have participated in the program, $26 million in public benefit resulted. Given the number of participating children through 2001, these benefits translated to $2.6 billion in public savings.

Read the executive summary of the study here.

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Early Learning, Later Success: The Abecedarian study

Early Learning, Later Success
Carolina Abecedarian Project

Since 1974 the Abecedarian Project has studied the progress of 57 low-income individuals who were assigned to receive high-quality child care from infancy to age 5. Their progress is compared to that of 54 similarly-situated children who did not receive the early education treatment.

By the age of 18 months, children in the intervention group already had significantly higher scores on mental tests. Cognition assessments at ages 12 and 15 showed this group continued to excel years later — scoring significantly higher in reading and math through middle adolescence. By age 21, those in the treatment group were twice as likely to still be in school, pursuing higher education opportunities. They were two years older, on average, when their first child was born — and had a 15% higher employment rate.

Read the Executive Summary of the Carolina Abecedarian follow-up study here.

 

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