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A multi-disciplinary UMass Boston team of researchers through the Early Education Cost and Usage Simulator Project (CUSP) seeks to better understand some of the impacts of expanding financial assistance to families for child care and early education. The team has developed and uses a statistical model that simulates parents’ decisions about care usage to estimate how much more licensed care might be needed in Massachusetts and what employment and income changes may take place with increased utilization of affordable licensed quality child care and early education. The team’s October 2023 brief provided findings for all families and children in the Commonwealth. This brief disaggregates data by race and ethnicity to explore disparities that currently exist in terms of children’s access to licensed care and costs and what happens to such disparities when the cost of licensed care is substantially reduced.



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