Professional Development / TEACHER Education
The Center for Childcare Careers; this is our region’s Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Grant. The EPS grant focuses on 3 core areas of the professional development system: educator and provider planning, coaching and mentoring, and competency development. Each partnership is responsible for providing professional development support services such as coaching and mentoring)and opportunities to early education and care and out of school time educators and providers (programs) in Massachusetts.
QRIS Measurement Tools Trainings from Child Development and Education, Inc.
The Early Childhood Professional Association (TECPA). Programs in Natick and Westwood for early childhood educators and professionals, including an Administrators Series of training courses.
Free Technical Assistance with Teaching Strategies GOLD from Collaborative for Educational Services.
COMPASS Training (formerly COMPASS for Kids.) COMPASS is a non-profit organization that provides education for EEC providers and parents, with many workshops held in Natick, usually at Salmon Centers for Early Education at Whitney Place.
The Institute for Education and Professional Development offers professional development for educators working in the field of early education and care and out-of-school time program, including a Child Development and Associate Credential (CDA) course which includes all the components to help educators receive their CDA.
Assessment for Responsive Teaching for EEC Providers from collaborative.org. These trainings will help meet the requirements of the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). Funding support is provided by the MA Department of Early Education & Care.
Bunker Hill Community College’s Early Childhood Development Institute (ECI) The following CEU trainings can be offered at your program for your staff to earn college credits. Topics consist of:
- Infant Toddler Interactions
- Administration and Supervision in ECE programs
- Emergent Curriculum
- Literacy Development in the Young Child
- Children with Diverse Abilities
- Environmental Education and Young Children
Each topic consists of 4 ten hour modules. Each module completed (10 hours) consists of 1 college credit and 1 CEU.
Seven Hills Foundation maintains a comprehensive list of of resources for providers, including information on QRIS, the PQ Registry, and working with children with special needs. Seven Hills Foundation is the parent organization of our region’s CCR&R grantee (see below.)
NEW: Online Provider Services/OPS is a NEW OPPORTUNITY for your child care program. We list your licensed or licensed exempt program in Child Care Resources’ NACCRRAware database to help families who need child care find you. EEC also uses this information for their on line Child Care listing. You can now make sure the information we give to families about your program is up-to-date, accurate and complete. To access your provider profile and to update your information on-line, or if you have questions about OPS, please contact Pam at 978-602-8651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Assistance and Coaching (PAC)
The purpose of the Massachusetts PAC model is to develop high quality early education and out-of-school time programs which will meet the expectation of state standards as defined by QRIS, Workforce Competencies, and Early Learning Standards. The focus of the Massachusetts peer coaching (PAC) model is to build a positive peer-to-peer relationship in order to support the Mentee in achieving growth and change in her/his own practice.
This type of peer coaching uses coaching as a strategy to improve quality. It also recognizes that experienced early childhood teachers and directors and family child care providers may be well-equipped to support one another’s practices. Consultant Teachers and Administrators are to be paid a stipend for their efforts over a year period. Stipends for substitutes will be provided to Consultant and Mentee programs on a limited and as needed basis to offset participation costs. If you are interested in becoming a coach or a mentee, please contact for an application:
Diana Rolashevich, Professional Development Coordinator
Center for Childcare Careers
31 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Interested in becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider? The first step in the process is to attend a Potential Provider Meeting at one of the EEC Regional Offices. Potential Provider Meetings give potential applicants an opportunity to meet with EEC Licensing staff and talk about the positives and challenges of being a Family Child Care Provider, as well as an overview of the licensing process itself. You will receive an application at the meeting, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. To register for an upcoming Potential Provider Meeting, contact the EEC Regional Office nearest you. Please note, the Potential Provider Meeting is a mandatory part of the licensing process, and applications cannot be accepted without evidence of attendance. In addition, you must submit evidence of having completed, within the past year, an orientation. These courses are given by the many Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies throughout the Commonwealth. You must first attend a Potential Provider Meeting (PPM). Please contact The Department of Early Education & Care (EEC), at 508.798.5980 to determine the next PPM. Click here for the EEC Family Child Care Policies.
Early Childhood Resource Centers Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRCs) have made materials and resources available to the early childhood community across the state, including providers, families and the CFCEs. There are now five public libraries contracted by the Department of Early Education and Care to facilitate the availability and accessibility of these early childhood materials and resources statewide (Cambridge, Norfolk, Springfield, Haverhill and Falmouth.)
Although there isn’t an ECRC that’s convenient to Natick, all materials can be requested to be sent to the Morse Institute Library in Natick (or a library convenient to you) using your library card on the Minuteman Library system, searching the Virtual Catalog. If you are searching for a specific item, this will work well. To browse the materials at each individual ECRC, go to their website and search their collection, then request a specific item on the Virtual Catalog.
Questions on using the Virtual Catalog on Minuteman are best directed to the staff at the Morse Institute Library at 508-647-6520. I hope this is a good resource for big books, themed kits and other materials for your classrooms!
Click on this link to the Seven Hills Foundation website, which includes a comprehensive list of of resources for providers, including information on QRIS, the PQ Registry, and working with children with special needs. Seven Hills Foundation is the parent organization of our region’s CCR&R grantee (see below.)
Oral Health in Child Care and Early Education, from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care Education (NRC)Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Grant
Mental Health Consultation Grant
Enable, Inc. offers collaborative mental health consultation services to early education and care programs located in Metro West towns. Mental health clinicians will build partnerships and collaborative relationships with early childhood educators and families to support the emotional-social well-being of all enrolled children and address specific challenging behaviors. On-site program visits and child observations, telephone consultations, professional development opportunities for staff, center/home visits with parents, and referrals and care coordination for children and families to community mental health services for additional mental health services when needed will be provided.