By Jeannette Hinkle
Ringed by rambunctious young kids ready for a nap, Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, cracked open a book about a pigeon in dire need of a bath.
Brodeur was visiting Little Sprouts in Melrose on a tour of early childhood care centers in the district to see how state legislation relating to early education works on the colorfully carpeted ground.
If the so-called millionaire’s tax amendment passes, Brodeur said, the state could see an influx of transportation and education funding. His tour of daycares and preschools like Little Sprouts was an effort to gauge the affordability and accessibility of early childhood education in the area.
“I am interested in what opportunities there might be if that money becomes available,” Brodeur said. “How do we put some of it to use to productively improve early education in Massachusetts so we don’t waste it? That would include infrastructure, subsidies and professional support.”
Early childhood education is worth the investment, Brodeur said.
“The benefits of high quality early education really do ripple throughout a kid’s academic career,” Brodeur said, adding that amenities like childcare increase a community’s value to young families looking for a place to raise kids. “We need things like this to support the real estate boom. This is a component of economic development.”