CES Programs, Services, and Activities

CES Programs, Services, and Activities

We provide Special Education programs and services; After School, Early Childhood and Alternative Programs; Educator and Administrator Professional Development; Educator Preparation Programs for Licensure; and technical assistance and consulting in a wide array of areas of expertise, as well as supporting districts with business services and Cooperative Purchasing Programs. In addition, our Healthy Families and Communities department works with school and community groups and partners to provide prevention programs addressing health, nutrition and food insecurity, fitness, underage substance abuse prevention, school climate and bullying, and trauma-informed communities. 

CES derives a significant portion of its revenue from approximately 60 state, federal, and foundation grants and contracts. CES has two contracts which provide education to all justice-involved youth who are under the custody of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and by contract with the state, we provide Special Education in Institutional Settings. The Education Stability team in DESE’s Office of Student and Family Support recently awarded the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program (MMEP) contract to CES to provide educational support services to the migrant students and families across the state. We receive no allocation of unrestricted funds directly from the Commonwealth, and so we are an entrepreneurial, innovative, and highly responsive agency. We succeed through our excellent work and through a focus on mission, vision, and values, which include a commitment to infuse principles and practices of social justice, equity, inclusion and culturally-responsive practices into all of our work and in the agency culture.

CES provides our programs and service to 36 member school districts in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, and to other districts and schools throughout Massachusetts and New England. In FY19, our student-facing programs touched 3,557 students in and outside our member districts; and 5,992 educators participated in our professional development services, coaching, and support.