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Preschool Enrichment Team a program of Valley Opportunity Council  

Preschool Enrichment Team as the lead agent for the Educator and Provider Support grant of Western MA. Region 1 (EPS WM-Region 1), has roots (over 40 years) in the field of early childhood education including out of school time, family child care, resource and referral, and training for educators and providers across the mixed delivery system. Through this capacity PET has been able to bring the EPS WM- Region 1 together to address the needs of the educators and providers in the field. Along with the Executive Committee and three subcommittees, that include representatives from Family Child Care, Center-Based Care, Head Start, Out of School Time Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grantees, Higher Education (2 and 4 year) and the Readiness Centers, the grant has been administered to ensure all segments of the mixed delivery system are represented, to ensure contractors provide appropriate services, and to ensure that EPS WM-Region 1 is reaching its goal of achieving positive outcomes for children by raising the credentials, skills and best practices of the educators and providers of the region.

The future prosperity of our communities depends on the healthy development of all of our young children. Science tells us that the early years really matter because children’s brains are shaped in an environment of relationships. The quality of those relationships has a profound impact on establishing a sturdy foundation for all learning to follow. A key ingredient in those relationships is the back-and-fourth nature between the adult and the child. When we help children build sturdy foundations, we increase their chances for future growth and success. When early childhood and after school educators have the professional education and skills they need to provide high quality learning environments, they promote the healthy development of children.

Educators and providers in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties may receive support from the EPS WM in the following ways:

  • Academic and Career Planning

  • Early Childhood Educators (ECE) Scholarship Program

  • EEC Core Competency Development, CEU and College Courses

  • Maintaining or Achieving NAEYC or NAFCC Accreditation

  • Upward Movement on Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

  • Leadership Development

  • Child Development Associates credential (CDA ) classes

  • Assistance for directors in developing individual professional development plans for their staff

  • Coaching and Mentoring to support all of the above*

  • *If you are interested in receiving support you may download the application here.

As educators and providers build expertise and skills in these areas, they become better equipped to provide the rich environments that promote healthy intellectual, social and emotional growth that help today's children become tomorrow's leaders.

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.

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

Needs Assessment Survey

Please take part in our Needs Assessment Survey so that we can help gauge what types of Professional Development Opportunities to offer next year.

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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: 877-635-0920 • Toll Free: 1-877-478-7727