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Professional Development Across the Region

The Central Massachusetts Readiness Center collaborates with partners across the region to offer professional development opportunities to educators in Central Massachusetts and beyond.

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Free PD Opportunity--The Collaborative for Educational Services, in collaboration with EEC and DESE is looking for pilot course participants to obtain feedback on the Massachusetts Standards for Preschool and Kindergarten in the Domains of Social and Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning. 1 CEU or 10 PDPs available. December 14 and December 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration information and contact information can be found here. (PDF)

Fall 2015

Center for Childcare Careers Fall newsletter is here! Click to read: Fall 2015

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Massachusetts STEM Summit! Join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the DCU Center in Worcester! For more information click here.

EEC Key Initiative: Supporting Young Dual Language Learners' School Readiness Institute Series about the WIDA Early English Language Development Standards Framework October 27 and November 10. Click here for more information.

Best Practices in Early Education: Conference Registration and Call for Presenters: The Department of Early Education and Care is hosting a free all day conference for early education professionals. This event will focus on best practices in early childhood as they relate to children’s development, birth through school-age. Sessions will focus on language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, STEM, leadership, and other important topics in early childhood. Commissioner Tom Weber will be a guest speaker at this conference.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Marshall Simonds Middle School
Burlington MA

The Northeast Regional Readiness Center, the Region 3 Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Partnership, and Burlington Public Schools are co-sponsoring this conference with the Department of Early Education and Care. There are currently openings for workshop presenters to develop and facilitate interesting, informative and interactive workshops for participants. Presenters may choose to present a 1 or 2 hour session and a honorarium will be provided. The deadline for applying to be a presenter is September 1, 2015.

To learn more about the conference, including information on how to register, and how to apply to be a presenter, visit: earlyedcon.net.

Offerings From Our Partners

Center for Childcare Careers, Region 2 Educator & Provider Support Partnership provided by the Center for Childcare Careers, Family Services of Central Massachusetts.

Greater Boston Readiness Center's latest developments.

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Ongoing

Peer Assistance and Coaching (PAC), Massachusetts Peer Mentoring Project in Early Education and Care Programs offered by EEC, 51 Sleeper St., Floor 4, Boston, MA 02210

  • The goal of coaching in Massachusetts is to help programs improve quality as evidenced by their ability to meet criteria on the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)The QRIS Standards are linked to a set of educator competencies and practices which enable educators to support young children’s growth in all domains, as defined by the Early Learning Standards.
  • The focus of the Massachusetts PAC model is peer coaches, which define and enhance the peer-to-peer relationship to support individual educator growth and change. This type of peer coaching combines the promise of coaching as an effective strategy to improve quality and the reality that the existing early childhood teachers and directors may be well-equipped to support one another’s practices.
  • Benefits for Coaches:
    • Stipends of up to $2,000/year
    • Funds for substitutes
    • Advanced training on Relationship-based Coaching
    • Advanced content training
  • Benefits for Mentees
    • Funds for substitutes
    • Funds for durable goods for classroom
    • Improve skills and abilities
  • Benefits for Programs
    • Support educator growth and change
    • Improve program quality

For more information on PAC (PDF) or to apply, please contact Diana Rolashevich, Professional Development Coordinator, Center for Childcare Careers, 31 Harvard St., Worcester, MA 01609. Telephone: 508-757-1503 x 216. Fax: 508-791-4755.

Please specify the type of coach or mentee you wish to apply for: Consultant Administrator or Consultant Teacher, Mentee Administrator or Mentee Teacher. You will be provided the appropriate application to complete. Applications can emailed, mailed, or faxed to Diana.

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Worcester Incubator for Innovation, Approximately 150 hours commencing March 2014 through January 2015 with a concentrated schedule occurring the first 3 months. Most meetings are planned for Saturdays.

  • Worcester is one of only three cities – along with Chicago and San Diego – selected to share a National Science Foundation award of $2.65 million for an Art of Science Learning (PDF) grant. Hosted by the EcoTarium, this year-long program is designed to prepare the next generation of 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) innovators. 100 participants will have a unique opportunity to be part of an effort that reimagines science education by using the arts to energize communication and collaborative skills, creative thinking, and critical analysis.
  • The program is FREE for selected participants and all course materials are provided!
  • Apply now! (PDF)

Leadership in Early Education & Care Certificate

  • Designed for directors, supervisors, and those aspiring to leadership roles in early education, this NEW certificate program is brought to educators in Central MA through a collaboration between Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University. Participants can chose to earn undergraduate or graduate credits. Graduate credit from this certificate are completely transferable to Worcester State University's Leadership Master's Program. Fall courses are sponsored in part by the EPS Grant. Contact Charlene Mara (cmara@qcc.mass.edu), Program Coordinator, at QCC for more information.

Wilson Language Training Program

  • Available through Fitchburg State University's Center for Professional Studies.

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Communities We Serve

Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Auburn, Ayer, Barre, Berlin, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, Dunstable, East Brookfield, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Groton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Hudson, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Stow, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Townsend, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester

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