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Teachers and family child care providers are the cornerstone of quality early education and care programs. With well-trained staff, programs are better equipped to give children a safe, stable environment, address children's needs, and foster growth while partnering with families to support children's optimal development.
Early educators who have access to additional educational and professional development opportunities are more likely to incorporate new research findings into their work and to achieve career satisfaction.
Through the Collaborative, providers and educators can find information about classes, trainings, and on-site consultation, which are built on a strengths-based approach. Professional development opportunities will expand participants' current knowledge of research on key issues in the field, such as learning environments, curriculum, schedules, teacher-child interactions, family engagement, and reflective practice. Participants are engaged in meaningful reflection and collaboration, which strengthen skills, further career goals, and promote positive outcomes for children.
We offer a range of Professional Development opportunities within our broader Early Childhood Program.
Our trainings for Early Educators are taught by members of our staff and address one or more of the Massachusetts Core Competencies. Conveniently offered during evening hours, our trainings take place in a variety of locations around the four-county region.
Our Early Childhood staff are approved trainers for the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MASSAEYC) CEU classes, and regularly design professional development classes that can be taken for CEUs.
The Early Childhood Department also provides customized on-site trainings for centers and programs. These trainings can be adapted to your specific program needs and are scheduled at a time that is convenient for your staff.