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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 e.reedy@cdedu.us or visit www.cdedu.us/QRIS.


Early Education Assessment for Responsive Teaching


The Collaborative for Educational Services is the vendor for the state assessment grant to provide screening and assessment training for early childhood programs across Massachusetts.

EEC Educators, Directors, and Family Child Care Providers



Why take advantage of this?
• High-quality CEU trainings are reasonably priced and will be available in every region of the state.
• Online assessment tool licenses are available for free for programs and providers who receive the tool training during this grant period.
• Prioritized Early Education and Care programs may receive a free hard copy of the assessment tools, screening kits, and supplementary materials.
• These assessment trainings will help meet requirements of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Scheduled trainings:

April 5 and 19, 2014 9 am - 4 pm
Teaching Strategies GOLD
Career Point
850 High St., Holyoke, MA

April 19, 2014 9 am - 4 pm
Understanding and Implementing Developmental Screening
Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

April 26, 2014 9 am - 4 pm
Observation and Documentation for Assessment and Planning

Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

Please visit the Assessment for Responsive Teaching web site for more detailed information and/or to register at: www.ec-art.org

Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience to help us schedule trainings that meet your program's needs:
EEC Program Assessment Training survey.

Finally, click on the link below to learn about the Program Profile Sign-up, which they are encouraging directors and family child care providers to complete before registration begins:
Visit the Program Profile Sign-up page on our website to complete your program profile.



EEC Pre-K Science Standards



The Pre-K STE Standards can be found on EECs website or at the following link:
Click here for more information

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




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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.

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!

Brain Building In Progress

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.

www.brainbuildinginprogress.org

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