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The Community Group CEO Named to Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

Lawrence, MA (September 14, 2016) – Yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of The Community Group Chief Executive Officer Sheila Balboni to the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care (EEC).

"I am thrilled and eager to work with the governor, the Department of Early Education and Care, as well as my fellow board members to ensure that Massachusetts continues to offer its children the foundation necessary for healthy and positive educational development and lifelong success," said Balboni.

Ms. Balboni's appointment was announced in conjunction with the reappointment of Mary Walachy, Executive Director of The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation in Springfield.

"I am pleased to appoint two exceptionally qualified individuals in both Mary and Sheila to serve on the Commonwealth's Board of Early Education and Care," said Governor Charlie Baker in a press release. "Their experience and proven track record of service to various communities and groups throughout their careers ensures that they will contribute valuable insight to the oversight and policy responsibilities the board provides for our early education and care students and providers."

The Board of Early Education and Care oversees the administration of early education and care and out-of-school time programs in Massachusetts. Under board oversight and regulation, the Department of Early Education and Care licenses child care programs, residential programs, and adoption/foster care placement agencies; provides financial assistance for more than 56,000 children to attend high-quality programs that support their growth, development and learning; and provides information and referral services, inclusive programming for children with special needs, parenting and family support, and professional development opportunities for early educators.

To view the full Department of Early Education and Care press release, click here.

About The Community Group

The Community Group (TCG) is a private, nonprofit organization based in Lawrence, Massachusetts that creates opportunity through education. TCG manages a range of programs, including Community Day Learning, a network of early childhood and out-of-school time programs; Community Day Schools, a network of charter and district public schools; consulting and training programs through Community Partners Initiative; and Child Care Circuit, a child care resource and referral program. For more information, visit