The Early Childhood Agenda is a statewide initiative that is devoted to improving the lives of young children in Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families with all the resources they need to grow and thrive: from child care and early learning to healthcare, housing, food and everything in between. Every family should have easy access to high-quality early childhood programs and services.

Thanks to decades of research, we know that during the years from birth through age 8, children experience rapid brain development. The pandemic built on this knowledge, revealing in tragic and powerful ways that Massachusetts needs a strong early childhood system. The goal of the Agenda is to build that system.


Building an early childhood system will take time. That’s why we’re starting with The Agenda's 10 priorities. Together, we'll focus on them over the next two years to build a foundation for a stronger system that can continue to grow over the coming decades. LEARN MORE >


We invite everyone to join the Early Childhood Agenda. Your unique perspective—as parents, providers, educators, advocates, researchers, organizations, businesses, and elected officials—will help build a stronger early childhood system.

Our partners come from across the state, and they’re involved in every area of the early childhood experience. Now is the best time to get involved as a partner. LEARN HOW >


WATCH how we celebrated the release of The Agenda at the Massachusetts State House and hear reflections from our partners about the day!