Roundtable discussion held in Springfield on early childhood education

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Studies show early learning for infants and toddlers leads to academic and economic success later in life.

For many parents, finding dependable care plays a significant role in their ability to work. Education providers told lawmakers in Springfield that many have left the field because they can’t earn enough money.

Willie Palmer, an early education provider in Springfield, told 22News, “To earn a living, we need at least $15 an hour; that’s what we’re asking for. The parents need a place where people are informed and educated enough to take care of their children in a safe manner.”

The “Human Service Workers & Educators Union” said more than 24,000 Massachusetts children are on a wait list for affordable childcare. More than 1,500 of them in Greater Springfield.

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