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BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a 6 percent rate increase for all early education programs that provide care for low-income families, worth $28.6 million, which represents the largest rate hike for subsidized early education and care programs in 10 years. Read More





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Massachusetts Named Best State by U.S. News & World Report. Massachusetts was recognized for having the most accessible health care and is ranked third for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Read More




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The Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) and the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Early Education and Care (EEC) are pleased to announce a joint publication. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resources and Services: A Guide for Early Education and Care Professionals Read More




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Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens of the Commonwealth,

We are pleased to present to you the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Five Year Strategic Plan (2014-2019). This new Strategic Plan is intended to document our aspirational goals and will be used to inform the development of an Implementation Plan which will outline the tasks, timelines, and outcomes to meet those goals. Read More


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EEC envisions a workforce development system that is accessible to educators throughout the state; professional development opportunities that are interconnected but occur statewide, regionally, and locally; and core functions that are available statewide with access points that contribute unique functions, key partners, linkages and pathways to the system.

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This WGBH website provides exciting, engaging media-rich learning opportunities for educators, parents, and caregivers of children. From detailed lesson plans to simple, everyday activities, you will find everything you need to help your children succeed.

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EEC is excited to announce a series of monthly webinars for educators and providers participating in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). These webinars will be to communicate updates and provide technical assistance on information, policies and practices related to the QRIS. All educators and providers in EEC's mixed-delivery system are welcome and encouraged to participate. EEC will record the webinars for posting and viewing for those who cannot participate "live."

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ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. ZTT is unique in our multidisciplinary approach to child development. Our emphasis on bringing together the perspectives of many fields and many specialists is rooted in the robust research studies showing that all domains of development—social, emotional, intellectual, language, and physical—are interdependent and work together to promote a child's overall health and well-being in the context of his family and culture.

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The STEM Activity App provides engaging, family-friendly activities in science, technology, engineering and math. This free web app fosters positive STEM-related interactions between elementary-age students and their families. The activities are designed to increase a child's excitement about STEM now, and to develop their interest in a STEM career in the future.

The STEM activities start today, sign up now!

Teachers, use the STEM Activity App to introduce a STEM Challenge of the Week to your students. For this weekly challenge, students take home the activity and engage with their families, and then share their experiences and discoveries back in the classroom. The activities are fun, link to related STEM careers, and encourage students to reflect on how STEM connects with their everyday lives.

Families, sign up for the STEM Activity App to have the activities are your fingertips!

The Wheelock College Aspire Institute developed the STEM Activity App in collaboration with faculty experts, college and high school students, and STEM organizations.

Remember to sign up now to receive all the activities. Also, stay tuned, many new activities are coming to the app this summer! We look forward to your participation!

Best,
The Wheelock College Aspire Institute Team

Example STEM Activity: Paper Airplanes

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Design your own airplane. Begin with one sheet of paper. Launch as is and see what happens. Now fold it once and launch it again. Did it go further? Fold and trim the paper and see which designs glide the farthest. Why do you think some designs are better gliders than others? What's the farthest you can make your airplane go? - Submitted by The Discovery Museums

Everyday Takeaway
Your paper airplane design explored the idea of aerodynamics, the drag of air on the paper. There are three other main factors that affect the distance a plane will fly: gravity, thrust, and lift. Explore the concept of gravity by remaking your plane with a different type of paper like newsprint or cardstock or light cardboard. Then test your design by launching your plane with a soft and then a hard throw (thrust). Finally try curving the wings of your designs to see how lift changes the plane's flight. Compare your designs with those of others by checking out the Paper Aircraft Association webpage.

Who Studies This?
Design Engineer


This presentation will focus on an overview of developmental and classroom-based research that highlights the diversity that is inherent in today’s early childhood population and the importance of evidence-based, targeted practices for ensuring diverse learners meet their full potential.

Through discussion, case studies and classroom application activities, participants will have an opportunity to review and revisit developmental and classroom based research that supports reflection on their own inclusive teaching practices.

•learn strategies that can be embedded into daily classroom routines that help support all children’s everyday learning, especially children with special needs. consider to work through how to use these strategies with children, including making a plan for implementing a strategy in their own preschool setting.

Five (5) sessions will be held throughout the state at a location near you!

Presentation begins at 9:30 for all sessions.

Please register with the identified contact person for the meeting you wish to attend by providing us with your name, position, program and contact information.


Dear Early Childhood Professionals,

The Children’s Trust of Massachusetts in partnership with the Department of Early Education and Care will offer three training dates of the Bringing the Protective Factors to life in Your Work! These trainings are possible through funding from the Department of Early Education and Care and available to EEC programs and providers only.

In 2012 the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds adapted their popular online training: Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work to a face to face training. This training provides in-depth knowledge and resources for building each of the five protective factors with families in a variety of settings (Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Concrete Supports in Times of Need, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and Social Emotional Development of Children). For fiscal year 2014, EEC identified Parental Resilience and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development as the two Protective Factors to focus on with additional trainings planned for next year.

The full day training will cover the following topics:

Introduction to the Protective Factors Framework Participants will be provided with an overview of the Protective Factors Framework. This overview will provide participants with knowledge about the history, research and impact of this framework in the early education and care field. It will also include a discussion about the universality of strength based practice.

Parental Resilience

This section of the training will engage participants in understanding the impact of parental resilience in families’ lives. Participants will engage in various activities and discussions that will enable them to understand how they can help families become resilient through one on one interactions and intentional programmatic activities.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

The afternoon section will focus on exploring how knowledge of parenting and child development is critical to supporting families in promoting optimal child development and preventing child abuse and neglect. Participants will learn strategies for promoting positive parenting strategies and presenting information to parents about child development. Participants will also learn how to incorporate these practices into their work.

Training Information

Topic: Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work: Parent Resilience and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2014
Location: Department of Early Education and Care, Boston MA
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Topic: Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work: Parent Resilience and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Delaney House, Holyoke MA
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

TO VIEW THE TRAINING SUMMARY, CLICK HTTP://MCTF.CVENT.COM/D/Z4QZ8L

TO VIEW THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HTTP://MCTF.CVENT.COM/D/Z4QZ8L/6X

Continuing Education Credits: This training is approved for .5 hours of continuing education credits for early childhood professionals through the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MassAEYC). Participants must attend all six hours of the training in order to receive CEU credit.

Participants should only register for one workshop.

Please bring a valid I.D. to enter the building of this workshop.

Special Instructions:

Please note: Lunch will not be provided during these trainings. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.• In case of inclement weather please call the Children’s Trust Fund at 617-727-8957 ext. 28750.

There will be a message indicating any cancellations at approximately 6:30 AM on the day of the training.