Dear Early Education and Care Partners:

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in partnership with the Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI), is sponsoring a second year of the series the FY14 “New Start: Supporting Multilingual Young Children and Immigrant and Refugee Families”, a 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.

The “New Start: Supporting Multilingual Young Children and Immigrant and Refugee Families” Regional Training Sessions will be conducted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) in partnership with the Multilingual Action Council (MAC) at the Aspire Institute in Wheelock College. The goal of this new training series is to equip providers, stakeholders and other professionals with knowledge on immigration policy as it impacts children and families, cultural competency, and child development and educational principles in the context of multilingual homes and multicultural environments. Participants need to attend only one day trainings session listed in their regional area. See schedule below to register.

The New Start: Supporting Multilingual Young Children and immigrant and Refugee Families Regional Trainings includes the following content areas and discussions:

• Immigrant & Refugee Demographics (Regional and State)

• ABC’s of Immigration & Refugee Law and Policy (Impact in children and Families)

• Immigration Status & Access to Benefits

• Accessing Education (Birth to College)

• Cultural Competency & Family Engagement

• Being a Resource for Families and connecting Families to local services and resources


To Register- See schedule below for the two (2) full-day fall/winter sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!*

Friday, November  8th, 2013 RSVP BY: 11/6/2013- 9:00AM-4:00PM Clark University, Higgins University Center, Grace Conference Room- 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 RSVP BY: 12/17/2013- 9:00AM-4:00PM Immigrant Assistance Center- 58 Crapo St, New Bedford, MA 02740

*Three additional trainings will be held in other regions for Spring 2014, locations TBD

If you have any specific question about the regional trainings, contact Samuel Tsoi (ORI) at or 617-988-3484. For question regarding the EEC/ORI Interagency Partnership project, please contact Jennifer Amaya-Thompson (EEC) at or 617 988-6634. This training opportunity is funded through a federal Race to The Top Early Learning Challenge grant. Continuing Education Units (CEU) and EEC Professional Development hours available.


Tom Weber
Commissioner Department of Early Education and Care