Child Development and Education, Inc. operates the largest and most robust Family Child Care System in Massachusetts. Our experienced and accomplished team provides the highest quality support and leadership to over 1,000 licensed family child care educators throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to being the single largest vendor of state subsidized early education and care in Massachusetts, we also provide extensive services for children, educators and families in the private sector through our several sister agencies. These services include center based education, care, health and safety information, nutrition, meal preparation, food sponsorship, transportation, training for adult learners, behavioral health and other essential supports. The testament to our success is the sheer volume of providers and families who seek us out to join our network. Providers and families alike are eager to be part of our highly successful early childhood team that values everyone involved in a child's life.
Currently we are contracted with professional, independent family child care providers caring for over 4,200 children every day. We are proud that our network providers and staff are linguistically, culturally and ethnically diverse, offering a rich array of programs and practices to accommodate and satisfy parental choice in their children's early education experience. Our educators operate year round, providing both full-time and part-time care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, including after-school, out-of-school time, and summer care.
Our separate training division, the Institute for Education and Professional Development, includes doctoral and masters' level trainers in the education, early childhood, special needs, and behavioral health fields. The training team has custom designed, developed and conducted hundreds of CEU approved trainings to our network of providers, and to outside participants, on a wide variety of subjects including child observation and assessment, screening, developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum development, children with special needs and/or on the Autism Spectrum, Strengthening Families, Health, Nutrition, and Business Administration.
IEPD offers more than 200 trainings each year. Most of these trainings are 5 hours or longer and are approved for continuing education units (CEUs). IEPD has provided professional development for family child, center-based programs, public preschool programs, private preschool programs, Head Start, Department of Public Health, college faculty, public school principals, teachers, and superintendents, early intervention, and other agencies interested in supporting children in the early education and out of school time setting.
IEPD also offers on site and "virtual" coaching and mentoring for programs. IEPD has offered coaching and mentoring to family child care, center-based and out of school time programs, as well as public school preschool programs. These services have been well received by educators and have resulted in significant program improvements and higher credentialing, including QRIS level increases, CDA certification, and NAFCC Accreditation.
For more information about the multitude of services offered through Child Development and Education, Inc. please visit our CDE WEBSITE.