The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in partnership with the Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI), is sponsoring a series the “New Start: Supporting Multilingual Young Children and Immigrant and Refugee Families”, one-day, Regional Training Sessions for EEC’s partners of the mixed delivery system, which includes Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grantees (CFCE); Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs); MASS 2-1-1; Family Child Care (FCC) System Providers; Head Start; and ORI’s providers and their stakeholders. In Massachusetts, more than 1 in 4 children under age 6 live in households that speak a language other than English. In order to prepare children for school success in immigrant and refugee families, a focus on early learning for these children and meaningful engagement of their parents and communities is essential.
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.
Resources to support Dual Language Learners. One specific resource on Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners website is an online course that addresses working with children and families whose home language is other than English. For EEC licensing hours please see policy on EECs website at:
- 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.
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- 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.
Professional development opportunities from the FY 2012 Catalogue that address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts in early education and out of school time.
The Department of Early Education and Care has developed a training presentation on reducing the risk of SIDS in child care. Click on the above link to access this training in English*.
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Transportation is often a child’s first encounter with the educational system each day. Safe, reliable transportation services represent an essential gateway for children and their families to access and participate in early education and out of school time settings.
Click on the above link to obtain a copy of EEC’s Transportation Policy, additional information about transportation safety, or to access EEC’s (required) transportation safety training.