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Guide EEC's StrongStart Online Professional Development System

The Department of Early Education and Care's StrongStart Online Professional Development System (StrongStart Online PDS) is part of Massachusetts' StrongStart Quality Early Education and Care initiative. The StrongStart Online PDS provides resources for educators and administrators to enhance quality in their programs and support individual educator success, such as training and technical assistance.

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About the StrongStart Online Professional Development System (PDS)

The StrongStart Online Professional Development System (PDS) is a web-based "one stop center" for early educators that provides resources for their career growth. It includes a credentialing system, professional registry, and a Learning Management System (LMS) where educators can take courses on their computer or mobile device. The LMS is available now for all program staff.

New EEC Essentials Training in the StrongStart Online PDS

The StrongStart Online PDS has a learning management system that houses mandatory and supplemental training for early education and care program staff and can record staff completion of professional development coursework. Included in the StrongStart Online PDS is a new "EEC Essentials" training comprised of 12 modules on topics that early education staff need to know about, such as health, safety, and child development.

Effective June 6, 2019 all staff in EEC child care programs must take the new EEC Essentials training course. For information on how to create a new user account in the EEC's StrongStart Online PDS, see the “Key Actions” sections below.

Additional Resources for New EEC Essentials Training in the StrongStart Online PDS

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