BOSTON — A new coalition, inspired by the success of groups who advocated for last year’s paid family and medical leave law, is working to develop a plan to give Massachusetts families easier access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and care.

In a letter Tuesday to lawmakers on the Education Committee, the coalition made up of community, faith, labor and business groups, plus early educators and parents, said they are working to explore ideas including extended hours for early education and care programs, varying fees based on family income, and boosting pay and training for early educators.

While the group works out its details, it is backing “placeholder legislation” filed by Rep. Ken Gordon of Bedford and Sen. Cindy Friedman of Arlington (H 470,

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