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) and the Multilingual Action Council (MAC). 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 three (3) full-day winter/spring sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!*

Friday, February 7th  9:00AM – 4:00PM  Suffolk University Law School - Suite 110 (Ground Level), 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Friday, March 21st   9:00AM – 4:00PM  Asian Center of Merrimack Valley, 1 Ballard Way, Lawrence, MA 01843

Saturday, May 3rd  9:30AM – 4:00PM  EEC Regional Office, 1441 Main Street, Suite 230,Springfield, MA 01103

*For training inquiries, 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.