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 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.

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)

Ma Early Childhood Program Standards (

Cultural Competency & Family Engagement

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

For Registration and Directions, please visit the following link:

To Register- See schedule below: Five (5) full-day sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!

Monday, March 18th, 2013 RSVP BY: 3/13/2013- 9:00-4:00 MORI Office 7th Floor Conference Room – 600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Monday, April 1st, 2013 RSVP BY: 3/27/2013- 9:00-4:00 EEC Southeast & Cape – 1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA, 02780

Friday, May 17, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/8/2013 -9:30-4:30 Worcester Public Library – 3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Friday, May 24th, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/22/2013 -9:00-4:00 New American Center – 20 Wheeler Street, #401, Lynn, MA 01902

Monday, June 7th, 2013 RSVP BY: 6/5/2013 -9:30-4:30 Holyoke Community College PAFEC – 206 Maple Street Holyoke, MA 01040


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.