Early Childhood Projects

Early Childhood Projects

CES has extensive experience working with EEC certified providers as well as public school and district based educators at the preK through early grades level.

We have also developed deep experience with engaging and supporting families and their little ones, and we've partnered with a wide array of community services organizations to develop strong and supportive networks for family needs. Below are a few example of sample projects, both past and ongoing.

Systems Change for Successful Children

Working with the MA Department of Children and Families to minimize trauma for young children, CES provided professional development to child welfare professionals and early educators on supporting children and families. 

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Social-Emotional Learning/Approaches to Play and Learning

This successful year-long statewide professional development project introduced the MA social emotional learning and approaches to play and learning (SEL/APL) Standards for Pre-K and K to over 700 early educators and administrators.

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Early Childhood Mental Health

Since 2001, CES has provided early childhood mental health support and consultation to educators, parents and other caregivers; deepening their understanding of child development and how to support healthy social-emotional development for young children.

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Pyramid Model Coaching

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children helps early educators build skills for nurturing and responsive caregiving, creating learning environments, providing targeted social-emotional skills, and supporting children with challenging behavior. 

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Building Inclusive Communities

Beginning in 2017,CES collaborated with the MA EEC and MA DESE to develop the Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) Series. The focus of this series was to bring early childhood communities together to improve inclusion practices for children ages 2 to 5. 

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Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE)

Through our CFCE Programs in 16 communities in western MA, CES supports 5,000+ families through parent and family coaching, workshops and visits strengthening their understanding of children’s development, supporting social emotional growth, and connecting them to local resources.  

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Growing Gratitude and Generosity

Funded by the Greater Good Science Center of Berkeley, CA, this was one of only 16 such international programs. CES worked with families, children, and community members to provide education, sharing opportunities, and activities supporting the positive values of gratitude and generosity in their daily lives.

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Developmental Screening and Formative Assessment

CES offered training and support to Massachusetts early childhood educators in screening and educational assessment of children from infancy through kindergarten through a statewide grant that we administered from 2014 to 2018.

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Starting Strong Summit

The 2016 Starting Strong Summit was a unique opportunity for early childhood stakeholders to come together and develop a list of solutions, ways to collaborate, and/or policy recommendations to ensure that all children gain the social emotional skills they need to start kindergarten.

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