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Care for our Commonwealth: The cost of universal, affordable, high-quality early care & education across Massachusetts


To estimate the costs of universal, affordable, high-quality ECE for Massachusetts, we took the assumed cost of the program (above), estimated both the number of children who would be in care, and the estimated cost of public subsidies necessary to keep the program affordable. MassBudget used U.S. Census data to estimate the population of children under 5, how many of these kids would likely use ECE based on other universal programs, and the maximum families would pay if fees were capped using the federal affordability standard of no more than 7% of income. This model also exempts the lowest-income families from fees. These calculations also considered the existing public funding for ECE programs. (author abstract)

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