- The Educator and Provider Support grant is EEC's primary vehicle for providing professional development opportunities and support services to early education and out of school time educators and providers across EEC's mixed delivery system. EEC envisions a workforce development system that is accessible to all educators in the State's mixed delivery system with statewide core functions and interconnected professional development at the state, regional, and local levels. The goal of the EPS grant is to enhance educator and provider core knowledge and skills, develop pathways, and offer coaching and mentoring supports to sustain best practices and improve quality services.
- The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Institute for Education and Professional Development (IEPD) are excited to announce a new course on the Early Learning Guidelines for Infants Toddlers. The course, "Incorporating the MA Early Learning Guidelines for Infants Toddlers into your Program," will be posted on Open Course Ware by University of Massachusetts, Boston this summer. Educators to take the course for self-study, facilitated study to obtain (CEUs) or for college credit through Westfield State University. The self-study guide for each course provides you with an overview of the Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers course.
QRIS Measurement Tool Trainings
In response to the Department of Early Education and Care's (EEC's) focus on strengthening the system of early education and care in Massachusetts, all programs participating in the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) are required to use QRIS measurement tools at Levels 2, 3 and 4 as part of their self-assessment process. These QRIS Measurement tools are used to effectively measure process quality indicators and structural quality indicators. Early educators can benefit from support and training on how to use research-based measurement tools to evaluate their program, as well as implement program improvement efforts. The Institute of Education and Professional Development (IEPD), a program of Child Development and Education, Inc. (CDE), was recently awarded the grant for providing the QRIS Measurement Tools training calendar and supports. You may view the training opportunities in your Region at our website www.cdedu.us/QRIS.
The use of child screening and formative assessment systems in preschool and after-school settings is an important method to support developmentally appropriate, individualized teaching and is an integral component of high quality programming. Through a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) provides statewide training and technical assistance in early childhood screening and formative assessment to early childhood and out-of-school time professionals.
Professional development opportunities from the FY 2012 Catalogue that address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts in early education and out of school time.
Training for Serving 7 to 10 Children file size 64MB
2015 Early Educators Leadership Institute - Supporting Birth through Third Grade Alignment
Using Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge funds, EEC partnered with Early Childhood Associates, Inc to offer the 2015 Early Educators Leadership Institute. The goal of the Leadership Institute is to support a cohort of leaders from school districts, community-based organizations, and family child care systems in building cross-cutting partnerships that support birth through third grade alignment, promote school readiness, and life-long opportunity for the children of Massachusetts. More than 100 educational leaders participated in the Leadership Institute including representatives from our Birth through Third Grade Grantees. Visit the ECA website for more information.