The EPS grant focuses on 3 core areas of the professional development system: educator and provider planning, coaching and mentoring, and competency development.

Grant Goals:

  • Educators are supported to increase competency and earn a degree, certificate, or credential in early childhood education or a related field.
  • Educators have access to the resources and supports (coaching and mentoring) to set and achieve professional and academic goals.
  • Providers (programs) receive supports and resources to achieve and maintain accreditation.
  • Providers (programs) are supported in upward movement on EEC's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
  • Educators and Providers (programs) are working on specific activities based on individualized professional development plans to achieve one of the grant's goals.

Core Areas:

  • Educator and Provider (program) Planning: To help educators and providers (programs) create and implement individualized pathways and plans that include an assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities (competency) and are reflective of the educator's experience, expertise, and individual career and academic goals.
  • Coaching and Mentoring: To provide the necessary support services including individual career and academic advising to help educators and providers (programs) make informed and appropriate educational choices that advance professional growth.
  • Competency Development: To support the attainment of knowledge, skills, and abilities through qualified professional development that addresses theory to practice, utilizes reflection, and is individualized to meet educator and provider (program) needs.

Each partnership is responsible for providing professional development support services such as coaching and mentoring)and opportunities to early education and care and out of school time educators and providers (programs) in Massachusetts. All professional development opportunities are included on EEC's Online Professional Development Calendar and the FY2014 Educator and Provider Support Grantees Professional Development Course Catalogue pdf format of EPS FY14 Professional Development Catalog

All educators must be included in the Professional Qualifications Registry (PQR) and provide EPS leads and/or partnership members with their PQR ID number to participate in professional development supported by the EPS grant. To register go to EEC's Professional Qualifications Registry .

The Educator and Provider Support Grant was awarded to professional development partnerships across the Commonwealth. Below is the lead agency for each EEC region. For more information on the EPS grant and professional development services such as career and academic advising and opportunities such as CEU and college courses please contact the appropriate entity below.
Western MA: Region 1:
 Western Mass: Region 1 Partnership Members

Preschool Enrichment Team, Inc.
174 Brush Hill Avenue, Room 302, West Springfield, MA 01089

Kimm Quinlan 413-736-3900 ext.159  

EEC Contact: Eric Lieberman, 413-881-1542 or

Central MA: Region 2:
 Central Mass: Region 2 Partnership Members

Family Services of Central Massachusetts
31 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Contact: Joanne Gravell: 508-757-1503 x211 or

EEC Contact: Annette Lamana, 413-881-1523 or

Northeast MA: Region 3:
 Northeast Mass: Region 3 Partnership Members

North Shore Community College
1 Ferncroft Road LE-217, Danvers, MA 01923

Contact: Kathy Gallo: 781-593-6722 x6249 or

EEC Contact: Katie DeVita, 617-988-7827 or

Southeast MA: Region 5:
 Southeast Mass: Region 5 Partnership Members

Child Development and Education, Inc.
231 Main Street, Suite 201, Brockton, MA 02301

Contact: Elizabeth A. Reedy, 508-369-3673 or  or

Katie DeVita, 617-988-7827 or  

Metro Boston: Region 6:
 Metro Boston: Region 6 Partnership Members

ABCD, Inc,
178 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Donna Jasak 617-348-6314 or 617-348-6287 or

EEC Contact: Chris Pond, 617-988-6625 or

Statewide Professional Development Profile pdf format of 20131707-eps-statewide-information-sheet.pdf
(Updated 7/17/2013)

Resources for Grantees