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Advancing Active STEM Education for Our Youngest Learners
On April 21, 2016, the White House released a Fact Sheet on "Advancing Active STEM Education for Our Youngest Learners". Several initiatives led by the Department of Early Education and Care that support early education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are included in the Fact Sheet. These initiatives include the Department of Early Education and Care's STEM Ambassadors who train and support educators on the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards for PreKindergarten, and the professional development on early STEM that will be provided to over 700 early educators in 2016. The Fact Sheet also includes information about a new suite of STEM resources for families and early educators called Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM!. These tip sheets provide fun, concrete resources and recommendations for families, caregivers, and infant, toddler, and preschool educators on easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts and vocabulary into everyday routines, and suggestions for activities to engage young children in STEM learning.
2016 Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
The official regulations were published on January 1, 2016 and are now effective. Please be advised that these regulations are not the official version of the regulations. As is the case with all state regulations, the official versions are available from the Secretary of State's State Publications and Regulations Division, through the State Bookstore, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133 or by calling (617) 727-2834. Official regulations also may be ordered from the State Bookstore on-line at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catidx.htm. While EEC strives to keep the regulations included on this site current, that is not always possible. In the case of any discrepancy between the version on this site, and the official Code of State Massachusetts Regulations published by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State's version takes precedence.
EEC will now require Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks and fingerprint-based national and state criminal history background checks -- in addition to the current Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) checks. These new requirements will impact EEC’s licensed and funded programs such as family child care, small/large group and school-age child care programs, residential and placement programs, adoptive and foster parents and EEC-funded caregivers. SORI and fingerprint-based checks immediately apply to all new applications filed on or after September 1, 2013. All individuals licensed or employed prior to September 1, 2013 will be required to undergo SORI and fingerprint-based checks before September 1, 2016.
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has revised the Procedures for the Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Children by Transportation Providers, and Parent/Program Notification - 6.06 CMR 7.13 which went into effect December 12, 2011. Please be advised that the revised policy will become effective October 1, 2012.