Dear Early Education and Care Partners:

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in partnership with the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®), and Wheelock College, is sponsoring a  free series, “Living in the New Normal™: Helping Children Thrive in Good and Challenging Times,” one-day, State Military Regional Institutes for EEC’s partners of the mixed delivery system,  which includes Head Start (HS); 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; and ORI’s providers and their stakeholders.  In Massachusetts a substantial number of Reserve and National Guard soldiers have been deployed for tours of duty in war zones.  The increase reliance on guard and reservists poses special challenges, since these military families and children are too often isolated from the social and service networks of bases.  In order to prepare military connected families and children, a focus on providing information and resources for practitioners on how to best support military connected families is crucial. 

The “Living in the New Normal™: Helping Children Thrive in Good and Challenging Times” State wide Institutes will be conducted by the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®).  The goal of this new military institute series is to equip providers, stakeholders and other professionals with strategies and practical applications to increase resilience in military connected children.  Practitioners will gain skills to help support families and children during times of uncertainty, trauma, and loss. The LINN training is free and participants need only attend one of the  institutes listed in their regional area.  See schedule below to register.

The “Living in the New Normal™: Helping Children Thrive in Good and Challenging Times” Regional Institutes includes the following learning objectives, content areas and discussions:

Content areas infused with the MA Early Childhood Program Standards:

  • Military Population Demographics
  • The Grief Process
  • Foundations of Positive Psychology
  • Developmental Responses of Children
  • Coping Styles of Children
  • Unique Military Factors & Compounding Factors
  • Strengths
  • Mindfulness & Interventions
  • Fostering Resilience
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Recognizing Your Circle of Support
  • Creating a Plan for the Home Front

For Registration and Directions, please visit the following link:

To Register- See schedule below: Four (4) full-day sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!

Monday, May 20th, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/17/2013- 8:00-4:00, Springfield Technical Community College, Building 2, Room 701 and 702, One Amory Square, Springfield, MA  01105.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/17/2013- 8:00-4:00, Wheelock College, Hawes Street Campus, Ladd Room (Brookline 104), 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/17/2013 -8:00-4:00, Bridgewater State University, Maxwell Library Heritage Room, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA, 02325.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 RSVP BY: 5/17/2013 -8:00-4:00, Independence Hall, 59 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA  01545.

If you have any specific question about the Regional Institutes, contact Marsha Wilson at (, or 617-879-2112, or Joe Clever at or254-953-1923, X1110).

For question regarding the  Military Families Statewide Institutes Partnership project, please contact Jennifer Amaya-Thompson (EEC) at or 617 988-6634.

This opportunity is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), Head Start Sate collaboration Office (HSSCO), and Wheelock College.  Continuing Education Units (CEU) and EEC Professional Development hours available.


Thomas Weber

EEC Acting Commissioner