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Preschool Enrichment Team a program of Valley Opportunity Council  

PET is the lead agency for the Western Massachusetts Educator and Provider Support (EPS) initiative through the Department of Early Education and Care.

We provide training and assistance on core competencies, national accreditation, QRIS, career advancement, college course, coaching and mentoring and much more for early childhood and out of school time educators.

Also, we outreach to and collaborate with other community based agencies serving children, families and early childhood and out of school time programs.

PET is a program of Valley Opportunity Council

PET is supported by the generosity of public and private funders, individual donors, private contracts and community partners.

Fostering the health and well-being of the next generation...

The mission of the Preschool Enrichment Team is to promote the future prosperity of our neighborhoods and communities by supporting the healthy development of young children so they become effective, contributing citizens and leaders. Research shows that the early years really matter because early experiences play an important role in shaping the fundamental architecture of children's developing brains. When we help children build sturdy foundations, we increase their chances for future growth and success. When early childhood and out of school time educators have the professional education and skills they need to provide high quality environments and experiences, they can promote the healthy development of all children. The Preschool Enrichment Team supports a skilled early childhood and out of school time workforce by providing training and consultation on core competencies, academic and career advancement support, NAEYC Accreditation and the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Brain Building in Progress

When you understand the sequence and process by which brains are built, it's easy to understand why it's wiser to start every child out strong. Trying to change behavior or build new skills on a weak foundation requires more work and is less effective than providing brain building interactions and environments early in life.

A public-private early childhood education communications initiative called, "Brain Building in Progress" developed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and United Way was recently launched. Its purpose is to raise the public's awareness of the importance of early years to the development of young children. Brain Building in Progress will highlight the need to provide the Commonwealth's youngest residents with high quality and enriching experiences to ensure healthy brain development. For more information please click on the link where you will find resources for parents, teachers, community leaders, and the business community.

Department of Early Education & Care (EEC)
Brain Building in Progress
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**College Courses are set for Spring and Summer 2015!**

The Educator and Provider Support grant program at Preschool Enrichment Team and Valley Opportunity Council provides training and college coursework for Educators in Family Child Care, Preschool and Out-of-School-Time programs in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.We contract with area colleges, especially community colleges, to subsidize courses specifically for ECE and OST educators at times and places that are convenient and affordable! Costs for these courses range from $0 -$100 for the student.

We also offer a limited number of subsidies towards individual seats in regularly scheduled courses at the colleges. These courses must be part of an ECE/OST related degree or certificate and related to an individual's professional development plan.

Click here for more information!

Training Calendar

Training Calendar
Educator and Provider Support - EPS of Western Massachusetts
Preschool Enrichment Team - Lead Agency

Calendar of Professional Development Opportunities September 2014 - June 2015
Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire/Franklin Counties

Click here for Calendar of Professional Development Opportunities

Private Trainings

The PET training department is available to work with individual programs to design and implement customized trainings at your site. We also plan staff professional development days for programs. If you have a particular training need and would like training brought to you directly, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information!
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Preschool Enrichment Team, 35 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Chicopee, MA 01013
Ph: 413-736-3900 or 413-612-0206 • Fax: 413-612-0210 • Toll Free: 1-877-478-7727