Supportive Solutions: Strengthening Relationships in Early Childhood

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Supportive Solutions: Strengthening Relationships in Early Childhood

Supportive Solutions is a new, FREE Early Childhood Best Practices Institute that will nurture a professional community to promote high quality early education and care. This professional development and coaching experience takes place from January through June of 2022. Participating teams will be selected based on an application and review process, and CES Early Childhood will be selecting 6 teams with up to 5 members each.

The focus of the institute will be on several critical aspects of high quality Early Education and Care, including: developmentally appropriate practices, provider self-care, early childhood (EC) social emotional development and trauma informed care, family engagement, and anti-bias culturally responsive practices. Teams will receive $800.00 per program to support attendance and engagement to complete institute activities, and free materials and resources to first plan, and then support implementing their identified goals. 

Applying for the Supportive Solutions Institute

We are currently seeking 6 EEC-licensed early education and care programs, including both center-based and family child care programs. The six selected programs will be from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. 

To be eligible to apply, your organization should:

  • Be committed to integrating new practices to promote improved early childhood education and care for providers, children and families
  • Have limited financial resources and infrastructure for professional development
  • Have had limited or no opportunity to engage in an extended professional development experience that includes coaching or consultation
  • Not be part of multi location childcare systems or agencies
  • Serve a diverse (cultural, ethnic, economic, abilities, gender, etc) and/or at-risk population

Programs need to apply as a team, with 1 to 5 participants each that includes at least one administrator/supervisor and 1 to 4 early educators from the program. If you are a Family Child Care provider, operating by yourself without a team, please apply and indicate this in the program description question on the application.

Applications are due by Monday, January 24, 2022. Participants will be notified by Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Click here to apply


How does the Institute work?

The Institute will begin and end with a convening of all teams, and is scheduled to run from late January/early February through June 2022.  

Please be sure that all your team members can attend ALL required events.

Required events include:

  • Saturday, January 29, 2022; 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 5, 2022; 9:00am - 12:00pm

Institute events and activities will be a combination of in-person and virtual to promote COVID-safety and participation accessibility. Participants will receive training hours for their participation. 

Each team will identify 1-2 program goals for each of the main topic areas, and address them in an action plan that includes sustainability strategies. Teams will implement their action plan with the support of a coach, from February to June 2022. 

Each month, teams will engage in Individual one hour team coaching sessions (total of five); and monthly (Feb.-June) professional learning community (PLC) discussions - 1.5 hours  per session and dates to be scheduled.

For more detailed information and dates for required attendance and participation, click here.

The Supportive Solutions Institute is funded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and is provided by the Collaborative for Educational Services Early Childhood Department.

For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568