- 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.
- EEC is pleased to announce the FY2011 Mental Health Consultation Services Grant competitive RFP. The FY11 Mental Health Consultation Services Grant is intended to create a statewide mental health consultation services model that meets the needs of the early education and care field.
- The QRIS Pilot is an opportunity for interested programs to engage in the effectiveness of the provisional standards and the process of the MA QRIS. EEC will award grants directly to eligible programs/providers within the mixed delivery system that will self-assess their level on the QRIS and then develop a program improvement plan to advance one level on the QRIS.
- 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 FY2011 Professional Development Competitive Grant RFP. EEC’s mission is to provide the foundation that supports all children in their development as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and to support families in their essential work as parents and caregivers. EEC recognizes that the early education and care and out of school time workforce is the backbone of our services; we value and support their skill development, diversity, and fair compensation.
- Please note the quick turnaround time on this grant opportunity. This initiative aims to expand upon the current capacity to provide information and referral services by establishing a statewide call center that will directly receive and respond to the needs of families, early education and out of school time care providers and/or other interested parties seeking information about high quality programs and services offered by EEC across the state.
- EEC is pleased to announce this competitive grant opportunity. The use of child assessment systems and screening in preschool settings is an important method to support developmentally appropriate individualized teaching and is an integral piece of high quality programming. Through this competitive Request for Proposals (RFP), EEC will award grants to one or more vendor(s) who will provide training/technical assistance, professional development, and assessment and screening tools and materials to programs in the mixed delivery system to support the implementation of assessment and screening in settings serving preschool children across the Commonwealth. Ultimately, EEC seeks to make child assessment and screening sustainable practices in the early education and care field.
- 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.
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