The Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Union Bill.
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (left) and Representative Aaron Michlewitz,¬†Chairman of the Public Service Committee, visited Mrs. Marley‚Äôs Nursery in Winthrop. They are¬†shown ¬†with Tom Gosnell (far right) , president of the AFTMA and the children of Mrs. Marley‚Äôs¬†Nursery.
Elaine Marley has been providing child care in Winthrop for 45 years and currently works at the¬†center with her daughter, Susan McLaughlin. Speaker DeLeo sent his own children to the center¬†more than 20 years ago. Speaker DeLeo and Rep. Aaron Michlewitz‚Äôs visit included a discussion¬†with faculty members on the importance of early childhood education and the Massachusetts¬†Early Childhood Educators Union (MECEU) bill.
The MECEU bill would form a provider‚Äôs organization for educators in early childcare centers. The¬†legislation would give early educators the opportunity to negotiate with the state on issues such¬†as professional development, training, and conditions affecting recruitment and retention.