EEC Advisory Council

Pursuant to MGL Ch. 15D, there is a state advisory council on early education and care, the members of which represent a reasonable geographic balance and reflect the diversity of the commonwealth in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. All appointees have a special expertise or interest in high quality early childhood education and care and represent a mix of representatives of the early childhood community, the civic, labor, and business communities, academics, parents, teachers, social service providers, and health care providers.  The advisory council may review and offer comments on any rules or regulations before promulgation by the board, and may, from time to time, make recommendations to the board that it considers appropriate for changes and improvements in early education and care programs and services.

EEC’s Advisory Council has meets in its entirety four times a year annually. Expertise groups also meet between each full Advisory meeting in order to maximize focused, relevant and in-depth conversations with multiple stakeholder types. The following six expertise groups meet:

  1. Agencies with Vendor/Contract Relationship;
  2. Legislators;
  3. Business/Civic;
  4. Higher Education;
  5. State Associations; and
  6. K-12 Linkages.

Membership pdf format of Advisory Council Roster

Meeting schedule pdf format of Advisory Council Meetings

EEC Advisory Groups

EEC has convened several initiative-related advisory groups or panels to provide guidance on project development and implementation.  These advisory groups/panels include:

Higher Education for English Language Learners (ELL) Program (also known as Pathways)

Media-Based Resources for Early Learning

Peer Assisting and Coaching (PAC)

Validation of Educator Competency


Higher Education for English Language Learners (ELL) Program (also known as Pathways)

The goal of the Higher Education for English Language Learners (ELL) program is to provide opportunities for English language learners to access higher education and receive content to improve their practice with children birth to 5 by:

  • Creating  a framework across curricula and teaching methods that helps bridge access to higher education for ELL educators;
  • Preparing ELL educators to benefit from college level courses in English and to matriculate in a degree program;
  • Ensuring that ELL educators receive the immediate content knowledge needed to work effectively with children and families while they learn English; 
  • Meeting  the high demand for bilingual early education and care professionals who can competently serve the growing numbers of linguistically diverse young children and families;
  • Supporting multi-lingual early childhood educators as they navigate degree attainment and quality improvement through the tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Serving as a working model that can be replicated across the state through public and private institutions.

The Aspire Institute at Wheelock College will lead an initiative to design and deliver an innovative program to help educators who are English language learners (ELL) access higher education while providing the immediate content needed to improve practice with children birth to age 5, in formal early education and care settings. The focus of the grant will target paraprofessionals and assistant teachers whose primary language is not English, with the goal of equipping them to effectively assist children who are dual language learners by achieving higher academic coursework and credentials themselves.

Membership

Executive Committee 

Betty BardigeIndependent Consultant
Eleonora Villegas-ReimersWheelock College
Elise ScottBOSTNet
Esperanza OliverasChandler Magnet School
Jeanne BurkesUMASS/Donahue Institute/MA State Office
Joelle AugusteWheelock College - MAC
John StruckerWorld Education
Joni BlockCFCE of Brockton
Lucas GuerraArgus Communications
Manuela SuThe Community Training Group
Margarita PerezWorcester State University
Maria SerpaLesley University
Marta RosaWheelock College - Government Affairs
Min-hua ChenDept. of Elem/Sec. Education
Patty HnatuikWheelock College 
Susan EliasonBridgewater State University
Vicki Van ZeePreschool Enrichment Team - EPS - Region 1
Winifred HaganMA Department of Higher Education

Advisory Committee 

Maria de los A. Agrinsoni MalaveUniversity of Puerto Rico
Andrea T. UrbanoHorizons for Homeless Children
Bernadette DavidsonBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Betty BardigeIndependent Consultant
Eleonora Villegas-ReimersWheelock College
Elise ScottBOSTNet
Esperanza OliverasChandler Magnet School
Gail KlimasYMCA of Greater Boston
Jane YedlinWheelock College
Jeanne BurkesUMASS/Donahue Institute/MA State Office
Joelle AugusteWheelock College - MAC
John StruckerWorld Education
Joni BlockCFCE of Brockton
Judy LindamoodBunker Hill Community College
Karen ClausonYMCA of East Boston
Kathy GalloNorth Shore Community College
Lucas GuerraArgus Communications
Manuela SuThe Community Training Group
Margarita PerezWorcester State University
Maria SerpaLesley University
Marta RosaWheelock College - Government Affairs
Matilde GracianoInquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Mercedes RondonChild Care Circuit
Min-hua ChenDept. of Elem/Sec. Education
Patty HnatuikWheelock College 
Rosmary HernandezProgram Manager, Talk/Read/Succeed
Sandra McElroyPine Manor College
Sara QuayEndicott College
Sarah MontoyaHorizons for Homeless Children
Susan EliasonBridgewater State University
Taciania Ribeiro-SaabAssociated Early Care and Education
Vicki Van ZeePreschool Enrichment Team - EPS - Region 1
Wayne YsaguirreAssociated Early Care and Education
Winifred HaganMA Department of Higher Education
Yamiley MillorCity of Boston

Media-Based Resources for Early Learning

As EEC’s media partner, WGBH will employ a series of research-based digital strategies to enhance ongoing efforts to build an effective early childhood education workforce and family support system in the Commonwealth.  WGBH will develop a robust set of media-based curricular resources to build the capacity of preschool classroom teachers and family daycare providers to promote the growth of young children, and to support and engage parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.  The centerpiece of this work is the production of a “digital hub”, a free, online platform that will feature a centralized library of these resources, direct links to related materials, and customized pathways to guide teachers, parents and other care providers through the site.

Membership

Content Advisors

English Language Arts (Ages 3–5)
Jeanne Paratore
Boston University School of Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math/STEM (Ages 3–5)
Cindy Hoisington
EDC

Infant/Toddlers (Ages 0–3)
Betty Bardige
Early Childhood Consultant

Professional Development (Ages 0–5)
Eleonora Villegas-Reimers
Wheelock College 

Reviewers 

Educators (Ages 0–5)
Meghan McGinley Crowe
Little Sprouts

Melanie L'Etoile
Family childcare

Manuela Su
Community Group

Educators (Ages 3–5)
Jillayne Flanders
Plains School

Sandra Bispham Parkin
UMass Boston, Early Learning Center

Maria Teixeira
Ellis Memorial Children’s Center

Tiffany Young
Holmes Elementary School

Parents
Anne Dolan
Family Support Early Intervention

Beth Guikema
Parent of children ages 22 months and 4

Adam Quimby
Parent of children ages 2 and 5

Regina Robinson
Parent Advocate

Peer Assisting and Coaching (PAC)

As part of the Early Learning Plan, EEC is embarking on a Peer Assistance and Coaching model. The particular focus for the MA PAC project will be peer coaching. Peer coaching combines the promise of coaching as an effective strategy and the reality that the existing early childhood teachers and directors may be well-equipped to support one another’s practices. Massachusetts PAC will promote the use of training and coaching methods that give teachers opportunities to see and try out effective practices and receive feedback about these efforts to improve those educator competencies. Institute for Education and Professional Development (IEPD) is working with EEC and various groups to design the appropriate PAC model for Massachusetts pilot the model and then, using lessons learned from the pilot, bring the model to scale in four years.

Membership

Mary Ann Anthony
Catholic Charities

Joanna Doyle
Clarendon Family Day Care

Susan Eliason
Bridgewater State University

Carol Godfrey
Home/Health & Child Care Services, Inc

Margaret Hannah
Massachusetts School Professional Psychology

Stephanie Johnson
Associated Early Care and Education

Jonie Latimer-Brady
Ayer Kiddie Depot

Joan MacDonald
Hull Public School- Hull Family Network

Carolyn Minervino
Falmouth Public Schools/ Falmouth CFCE Grant

Greg Mullaney
Quinsigamond Community College

Kimberly Murphy
Brookline Pre-Kare

Paula Perrier
Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield, Inc

Cynthia Recoulle
Square One

Lisa Van Thiel
University of Massachusetts Boston

Linda Warren
Early Childhood Associates, Inc

Validation of Educator Competency

The goal of the Validation of Educator Competency is to identify and validate the factors that result in educator competency in helping children achieve desired outcomes in three key areas: social-emotional development, literacy and numeracy. The American Institution for Research (AIR) will lead an initiative to validate the factors inherent in educator competency based on analysis of effective classroom practice with children birth to age 5 as defined by their achievement of desired outcomes in three key areas, social-emotional development, literacy, and numeracy. AIR will also analyze the effectiveness of using research-based digital strategies to enhance the abilities of educators and parents to support children's healthy growth and development in the areas outlined above.

Membership 

First NameLast NameOrganization
AndrewChurchillPioneer Valley Educational Readiness Center
DougClementsThe State University of New York
DougFryeGraduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
KathrynGalloNorth Shore Community College
AnitaGreenwoodUMASS Lowell
KimHaskinsBarr Foundation
EboniHowardAIR
JoanKaganSquare One
NonieLesauxHarvard Graduate School of Education
MichelleLimaKinderCare Learning Center
KayLisseckPioneer Valley Educational Readiness Center
KimLucasAssociated Early Care and Education
JonathanMargolinAIR
AmyO'LearyStrategies For Children
SusanOliveiraLittle People's College
GloriaPaytonMOC Child Care and Head Start
GladysRiveraHolyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start
ReginaRobinsonParent
TerrySalingerAIR
NeilSullivanBoston Private Industry Council
NancyTyler HigginsMiddlesex Community College
MarinaUmaschi BersTufts University
VickiVan ZeePreschool Enrichment Team, Inc.
CoreyZimmermanUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
AllisonComportUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley