Massachusetts Core Competencies for Early Education and Out-of-School Time Educators
The knowledge and skills of effective educators
A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families file size 2MB
Core Knowledge, Competencies, and Dispositions; Administration for Children and Families (ACF),U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Mapping Project
The IHE Mapping Project maps the current network of two and four year public and select private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in Massachusetts that offer an Early Childhood Education (ECE) program of study, elementary education program or program in a related field that leads to a certificate, and/or an associate's or a bachelor's degree. The project includes a school profile for each school surveyed and a searchable database of ECE degree program required coursework. Note: this information is current as of June 2010; as of July 28, 2010 state legislation was signed changing six Massachusetts' state colleges into state universities.
EEC Career Ladder for Early Education and Out-of-School Time Educators
A career ladder to define professional growth in our field.
Resources for Professional Growth
The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children has released a new online tool to assist early educators who are contemplating a return to school to work towards a college degree. The tool, An Early Educator's Roadmap to a College Degree, outlines eight steps providing users with links to resources and supports as well as helpful hints and advice.
The Roadmap is meant to connect educators with the multiple supports and resources available to them, not to be used as a stand-alone tool. Returning to school for a college degree requires would-be students to navigate multiple complex systems including college admissions, financial aid, and student loans. The Roadmap aims to provide information in order to simplify these systems, and ultimately to help educators find mentors and advisors who can assist them through the process of obtaining a degree.
Update-Financial Literacy Education Online Course and Webinar Recording-Now Available
The Financial Education Toolkit Training Overview Webinar, 22 minute recording, conducted on October 1st, it is now available.
Student Loan Information Network
The Early Educator Student Loan Information Network is Now Available to All Early Educators in the State
Commissioner Sherri Killins encourages early education providers throughout Massachusetts to take advantage of helpful information and support in managing student loans. The information, disseminated by the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, helps early educators differentiate between loans and grants, and connect to resources that can provide one-on-one support managing student loan burden. This information is available in both English and Spanish at http://www.btwic.org/initiatives/student-loan-information-network/.
Early Childhood Educators (ECE) Scholarship Program
This scholarship was created to increase the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Grant
Beginning July 2010 EEC has a new grant initiative to support professional development for the early education and care and out of school time field. EEC envisions a workforce development system that is accessible to educators throughout the state; professional development offerings that are interconnected but occur at statewide, regional, and local levels; and core functions that are available statewide with access points that contribute unique functions, key partners, linkages and pathways to the system. The new EPS grant focuses on 3 core areas of the professional development system: educator and provider planning, coaching and mentoring, and competency development. Through this grant EEC is supporting the pathways that lead educators to degree attainment and increased competency and support providers (programs) in attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement on QRIS.
Resources for Grantees
Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development System Study
EEC funded UMass Boston to study implementation of the new statewide EPS model for providing professional development to the early education and out of school time workforce. This study examined the process of implementation between August 2010 and June 2011. The findings shed light on successes, challenges, and lessons learned in building this new vision and system for professional development.