Monday, September 25, 2023

Representative Kelly Pease Named to Early Education and Care Workforce Council

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Kelly W. Pease (R-Westfield) to the Early Education and Care (EEC) Workforce Council.

Created through an outside section of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2018), the EEC Workforce Council is tasked with making recommendations for “improving and enhancing professional development and higher education opportunities necessary for the growth and stability of a high quality early education and care workforce” in Massachusetts.

“As a member of the Joint Committees on Education and Higher Education, Kelly understands the importance of maintaining a highly trained and qualified early education workforce,” said Representative Jones. “In his new role as a member of the EEC Workforce Council, I am confident he will do everything he can to ensure that those working in the early education field have access to the programs and professional development training they need to have a successful career.”

The Commissioner of Early Education and Care is required to consult with the EEC Workforce Council to ensure that the professional development and higher education opportunities offered to early educators “focuses on the unique needs and challenges of providing career advancement and support” for individuals working in this field. The EEC Workforce Council is also empowered to review and provide input on any pending rules or regulations being promulgated by the Board of Early Education and Care, and to offer recommendations to the Board “for changes and improvements in early education and care professional development, training and career support.”

In addition to serving as the Ranking Minority Member of the Joint Committee on Higher Education and as a member of the Joint Committee on Education, Pease is also a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs and the House and Joint Committees on Ways and Means. Currently serving his second term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, he represents the 4th Hampden District, which includes the town of Southampton and portions of the city of Westfield.