“We, the undersigned organizations, recognize that in order to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce and strengthen our economy in a way that also reduces racial, gender, and income inequality in our state, Massachusetts families need affordable, accessible, high-quality early education and child care,” the groups said….

Deb Fastino, executive director of the Coalition for Social Justice, told the Education Committee that the group behind the early education effort is distinct from Raise Up. She said she was the convener of the “new, very broad” coalition that “came together based on the success of working with nontraditional partners on paid family and medical leave.”