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 after school 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). It also assists parents and caregivers in their search for high quality child care.
QRIS Measurement Tools Trainings
The Institute for Education and Professional Development is pleased to be the new vendor for the EEC funded state QRIS Measurement Tools grant. In response to the Department of Early Education and Care's (EEC's) focus on strengthening the system of early education and care in Massachusetts, all programs participating in the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) are required to use QRIS measurement tools at Levels 2, 3 and 4 as part of their self-assessment process. These QRIS measurement tools are used to effectively measure process, quality indicators and structural quality indicators. Early educators can benefit from support and training on how to use research-based measurement tools to evaluate their program, as well as implement program improvement efforts. Here you will be able to register for any of the trainings on the tools in your area and you will be provided all materials for each tool at the trainings. In collaboration with your regional Educator and Provider Support (EPS) grantees, we are working together to provide high quality, innovative and diverse professional development to advance the early education and out-of-school time field and improve educational outcomes for children. These tools are offered in locations throughout the Commonwealth.
For more information contact Elizabeth Reedy at email@example.com or visit www.cdedu.us/QRIS.
Assessment for Responsive Teaching
The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is very pleased to have been selected to offer training in child assessment, with funds from EEC, to early childhood programs and family child care providers across the state. You can find more information about the program, which they have called Assessment for Responsive Teaching, at www.ec-art.org . They're encouraging programs to sign up with their profile information on the website even before registering for trainings. You can find out how to do this on the "EEC Program Training" link on the website. Registration for trainings will begin soon, and we'll keep you posted!
If you have any questions, please contact Jane Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-586-4998, X117.
Massachusetts Pre-K STE Standards
Massachusetts Early Education and Care (EEC) and The Wheelock College Aspire Institute will host in-person and online information sessions to introduce the newly approved Pre-Kindergarten Science, Technology and Engineering Standards (Pre-K STE Standards).
These information sessions will help educators create learning opportunities for children in science, technology and engineering, both at home and in early education programs.
The Pre-K STE Standards can be found on EEC s website or at the following link:
Click here for more information
Location: Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in West Springfield
174 Brush Hill Avenue, West Springfield 01089
Date: March 18, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Contact: Carol Venancio. Email: email@example.com Phone: 413-612-0206
Location: Webinar link will be emailed to registrants
First Date: February 11th, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm Second Date: March 11, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Contact: Cora Weissbourd. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone (617) 879-2070
EPS College Course
The EPS grant has college course funding available for the Spring 2014 (January-May) semester!
For more information click on the flowing links:
EPS College Course Funding Application Packet
EPS Individual College Seat Funding Application Packet
Training Calendar Winter/Spring 2014
Educator and Provider Support - EPS of Western Massachusetts
Preschool Enrichment Team - Lead Agency
Calendar of Professional Development Opportunities January - June 2014
Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire/Franklin Counties
Please click here to download the training calendar or click here to view the trainings month by month and register on-line.
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!
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)