We Endorse Samantha Aigner-Treworgy for next Massachusetts Early Education and Care Commissioner
Today Cliff Chuang and Samantha Aigner-Treworgy were for Massachusetts Early Education and Care Commissioner. You can watch the interviews here:
Cliff Chuang went first. While Cliff Chuang was personable and had some good examples of his management experience in state government, his lack of any real background in early education and care was evident. At times it seemed like he was interviewing for a more general job that was not ECE related. A couple ECE specific initiatives he mentioned were making it easier for families to access centers QRIS rating and having licensors partner with centers in new ways like providing books to improve quality.
Conversely, Samantha Aigner-Treworgy’s ECE background was evident. She talked a little about her classroom experience ( block throwing) and repeatedly brought up the need to educate parents and families about what constitutes quality so parents/families can be part of the process that drives change in ECE. She routinely brought up ECE related research such as preschool suspension rates and long term studies like Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program and how we need new info and data due to changing demographics of children being served and can’t just rely on these past studies. She also discussed the need for educators to look like the community they are serving and creating more on ramps for people to enter the ECE workforce. Overall, she seemed to have a strong grasp of a myriad of issues related to ECE.
I was lucky enough to attend today’s meeting and also texted with two early educators and two directors who were watching the live stream and all 5 of us agreed Samantha Aigner-Treworgy was the best candidate.