Engaging and Supporting Families

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Building supportive relationships with families is always important, especially now. As we grapple with the pandemic and issues related to racial injustice, the daily complexity of family life is increased and is different for each family. Strategies for culturally responsive communication and relationship building, addressing developmental lags, and resources for families will be discussed.

This session addresses Massachusetts Core Competency 3: Partnering with Families and Communities.


Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Early Educators, Paraprofessionals, Principals, Specialists, Teachers; Grades PK - K


1.5 Training Hours

Date and Location

This 1.5-hour, fully online workshop is offered on Zoom.  If you have not used Zoom before, please review these participant instructions.

  • October 26, 2021; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Practice Session: November 2, 2021; 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Practice Sessions are an additional optional session, included in many of our workshops this year at no additional cost. These facilitated sessions will deepen and broaden the learning from the workshop by offering a place for Q&A and to share and reflect on the information learned, attendee experiences related to the topic, resources, and challenges or successes with integrating the new knowledge into your practice. 

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $40. Please register online.

Registration Deadline: Oct 25


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    Mary Ellis Schreiber, M.S.Ed., is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Professional Development and the Coordinator of the CFCE Program at CES. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College and her Master’s degree at Bank Street College of Education. Her career includes working directly with young children and their families, developing curriculum to support conflict resolution skills in young children, and college level teaching.

For more information, contact:
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.