The purpose of the EPS grant is to support pathways that lead educators to degree attainment and increased competency through certificates and credentials; to support providers (programs) in attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement on the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); and to foster a comprehensive professional development system that addresses leadership development and leaders in the field.

Grant Priorities:

  • Provide intentional professional development opportunities that enhance educator knowledge, skills, and abilities, and transform practice;   
  • Provide professional development opportunities and support services that meet the needs of adult learners and address the diversity of the MA early education and out of school time workforce across EEC’s mixed delivery system;
  • Provide professional development opportunities that align with EEC's Core Competencies, QRIS, and early learning standards and guidelines;
  • Support pathways that lead educators to increased competency through certificate, credential, and/or degree attainment;
  • Support providers (programs) in attaining and maintaining national accreditation;
  • Support providers (programs) in meeting licensing requirements, QRIS standards, and upward movement in QRIS; and
  • Support educators and providers to make informed and appropriate educational choices that advance professional growth and enhance program quality. 

The grant focuses on competency development through educator and provider pathways and coaching and mentoring. All grant funded professional development opportunities are included on EEC's Online Professional Development Calendar and the FY2016 Educator and Provider Support Grant Professional Development Course Catalogue  docx format of Educator & Provider Support Grant Course Catalogue 2016

All educators must be "Active" 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 or update your record 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 or  

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: Eric Lieberman, 413-881-1542 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

EEC Contact: Pam Roux, 617-988-7820 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 Educator and Provider Support Grantees