Department of Early Education and Care Focus Groups with Public Preschool Programs

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Educator Provider Support Networks (EPS) are bringing together educators, program administrators, and other stakeholders working with young children with special needs and\or disabilities and their families for a series of focus groups across the state. The purpose of these focus groups is to meet with educators working in the public schools to discuss and share professional development resource and training needs with a specific focus on supporting children with special needs and\or disabilities in inclusive learning environments. Our goal is to identify opportunities that will complement current professional development efforts while building common language and leveraging best practices across early education and care settings.

EEC considers this collaboration an opportunity to learn from our public schools as integral partners in early childhood education.  We hope to develop a greater understanding of the professional development needs and interests of teachers and paraprofessionals working in public school preschool programs and consider ways in which the Department of Early Education and Care, through the EPS network, could help address these needs in the future. Please bring your successes, challenges, thoughts, questions, and concerns as we come together to better understand your resource and training needs.

Please see dates and registration information for meetings below.

April 25, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
North Shore Community College, Lynn Campus, 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Please RSVP using this link: https://nsccr3p.wufoo.com/forms/region-3-focus-group-meetings/
Questions? Contact Kathy Gallo at kgallo@northshore.edu or 781-593-6722 x. 6249

April 26, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EEC’s Lawrence Office, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Third Floor, Lawrence, MA 01843
Please RSVP using this link: https://nsccr3p.wufoo.com/forms/region-3-focus-group-meetings/
Questions? Contact Kathy Gallo at kgallo@northshore.edu or 781-593-6722 x.6249

April 26, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Robbins Children's Program
803 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Please RSVP using this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zhm4ssnab&oeidk=a07edw58t2a9985df84
Questions? Contact Gail Perry at gailmperry@outlook.com or 508-361-2757

May 4, 2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
EEC’s Worcester Office, 10 Austin Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Please RSVP using this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6uvogrcab&oeidk=a07ee1pab5e5185851a
Questions? Contact Joanne Gravell at jgravell@cccfscm.org or 508-757-1503 x.211

May 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EEC’s Taunton Office, 1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA 02780
Please RSVP using this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zhm4ssnab&oeidk=a07edw58t2a9985df84
Questions? Contact Gail Perry at gailmperry@outlook.com or 508-361-2757 

May 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Child Care Network, 372 North Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Please RSVP using this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zhm4ssnab&oeidk=a07edw58t2a9985df84
Questions? Contact Gail Perry at gailmperry@outlook.com or 508-361-2757

May 15, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mohawk High School, 24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Please RSVP using this link: https://www.preschoolenrichmentteam.org/trainings/calendar/public_school_prof/
Questions? Contact Kimm Quinlan at KQuinlan@valleyopp.com or 413-736-3900 x.220

May 17, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
ABCD, Inc
Melnea Cass Room, 3rd Flr, 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Please RSVP using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FocusCSN_5_17
Questions? Contact Wendy Valentine at eps@bostonabcd.org or 617-348-6287

May 22, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
EEC’s Springfield Office, Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Please RSVP using this link: https://www.preschoolenrichmentteam.org/trainings/calendar/public_school_prof2/
Questions? Contact Kimm Quinlan at KQuinlan@valleyopp.com or 413-736-3900 x.220

May 25, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Berkshire Children and Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA
Please RSVP using this link: https://www.preschoolenrichmentteam.org/trainings/calendar/public_school_prof3/
Questions? Contact Kimm Quinlan at KQuinlan@valleyopp.com or 413-736-3900 x.220

May 25, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street Arnold Room, Wellesley, MA
Please RSVP using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FocusCSN_5_17
Questions? Contact Wendy Valentine at eps@bostonabcd.org or 617-348-6287