The Educator and Provider Support grant program at Preschool Enrichment Team, a program of Valley Opportunity Council, provides training and college coursework for educators in Family Child Care, Preschool and Out-of-School-Time programs within Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.
We provide educators with free career planning, coaching and mentoring around gaining EEC Certifications and QRIS advancement, creating individual professional development plans (IPDP), enrolling in CEU and college courses and working towards degree attainment. To further support working professionals we contract with area colleges, especially community colleges, to subsidize courses especially for ECE and OST educators at times and places that are convenient and affordable! Costs for these courses are $50 for the student. These might take the form of “cohort” classes specifically for ECE and OST professionals, or “individual seats” in regularly scheduled courses offered by one of the many colleges in our area.
Want to know more?
Contact: Kim S. Audette, M.Ed.
Academic and Career Advancement Coordinator for EPS Region 1