Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Settings

graphic thumbnail with text: Early Childhood Professional Development


In this course, early childhood educators will explore the intersection and impact of culture and implicit bias, and the role they play in shaping us both individually and collectively as a society. Strategies for addressing implicit bias and promoting culturally responsive practices will be explored as critical steps in anti-bias early childhood education. Opportunities for learning, reflection and discussion will support course participants’ journey to promoting equity in early childhood settings.

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


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


5 Training Hours or .5 CEUs

Date and Location

This 5-hour, fully online workshop is offered on Zoom.  If you have not used Zoom before, please review these participant instructions.

  • January 11, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • January 18, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • January 25, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $60. Please register online.

Registration Deadline: Jan 7


  • thumbnail of Desiree Lalbeharie-Josias

    Desiree Lalbeharie-Josias, Ed.D. is the Director of the Early Childhood Department at CES.  She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Child Study and her Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College.  She completed her doctoral studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Special Education with a focus on Early Intervention.  

  • thumbnail image of Mary Schreiber

    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 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.