- This RFP is intended to fund the delivery of career development and training to at least 500 Spanish-speaking early education and care professionals, with limited English proficiency, who serve infants and toddlers. The intent is to provide educational assessment, guidance, career planning, college courses, as well as coaching and mentoring to support competency development as evidenced by attainment of a Child Development Associate, certificate, and/or beginning the pathway to a degree. This professional development is intended to have the additional benefit of increasing the QRIS levels of the programs that employ these educators.
- In addition to providing quality services, EEC intends to increase understanding of what quality activities lead to the best outcomes for children, parents, and educators. While there is a rich body of state and national research and statistics about these issues, there is not a comprehensive, integrated approach to compiling this data and to understanding what works best for children in a holistic way. The goal of this project is to understand local and national data and research, catalog what is available and relevant to early childhood services in Massachusetts, and define an Early Childhood Information System (ECIS) that will integrate existing data, define new data sets, and establish data sharing standards and formats.
Supporting Improvements in Physical Environments for Early Education and Care Programs Serving Infants and Toddlers GrantEEC recognizes early education and care programs as key partners in promoting development in children's first three years, and beyond, as they serve a significant portion of children enrolled in child care at these ages. These programs often lack professional development opportunities focused on the link between improvements in their physical environment leading to increased outcomes in children and would benefit from additional training, support and funding for these enhancements. This initiative focuses on improving programs that serve infants and toddlers by providing professional development to increase quality via enhancements to the physical environments and funds to support the purchase of equipment that focuses on health and safety and curriculum improvements for infants and toddlers.
- EEC is pleased to announce the FY2011 EEC CSEFEL Competitive Grant RFP. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national center focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
- Through this initiative EEC seeks to increase the core competencies of family child care educators to increase quality early literacy opportunities for infants and toddlers in early education and care programs as well as to promote family involvement in book sharing, reading aloud and storytelling. EEC recognizes family child care educators are key partners in promoting early literacy development in children's first three years as they serve a significant portion of children enrolled in child care at these ages in Massachusetts and have opportunities for engagement with these children's families. Family child care educators also lack professional development opportunities focused on early literacy and would benefit from additional training, support and materials.
- EEC is pleased to announce the second portion of the Early Childhood Special Education IDEA/Part B ARRA funding is now available for districts to apply.
- EEC is pleased to announce this competitive grant opportunity for Out-of-School-Time Literacy and Learning Promotion. The goal of the Out-of-School Time Literacy and Learning Promotion grant is to retain or increase students' academic gains, particularly in the area of literacy, by reinforcing their school day and year learning through high-impact activities and effective curricula during the summer months and throughout the school year. This grant will support increasing OST programs' capacity to implement high-impact learning activities through partnerships with public school districts for direct training, modeling of effective direct instructional practice; and coaching/feedback for staff.
- Through this Request for Responses (RFP), EEC seeks proposals for the design and development of Infant and Toddler Early Childhood Program Standards and Guidelines for Learning Experiences for Infants and Toddlers through a competitive procurement process. The awarded party, under the direction of EEC, will gather information from national and Massachusetts stakeholders with relevant expertise. After preliminary development, EEC will post an initial draft version and hold statewide meetings for input and feedback. EEC will incorporate feedback through this process to release a final set of standards and guidelines. This grant will be awarded to a consultant and is not for school districts or Early Childhood programs to apply.
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