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The Region 5 Educators and Provider Support (EPS) FY 19 grant will be renewed for another year!

Please watch our website for Professional Development opportunities and Program Focused coaching to be offered for FY 19.

2018 National Credentialed Directors in SEMA

Thursday April 26, 2018, we celebrated our 2018 National Director’s Credential graduates from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and funded through EEC and the Region 5 EPS! This credential consisted of 9 modules and 9 PLCs over a year long commitment.
All Nationally Credentialed Directors received a Letter of Appreciation from the Commissioner in addition to their certificates. Diana Philips and center based licensing staff from Region 5 EEC were in attendance at the credential presentation and luncheon in their honor to express their appreciation of the hard work these women put into this credential. 
We are so proud of all the graduates' dedication and commitment.
Graduates are: (left to right)
Michelle Packard , The Children’s Village, Mansfield, Kristine Swann , South Shore YMCA, Quincy, Jessica Moscardelli , Little Discoveries, Brockton, Susan Driscoll , Massasoit Child Care Center, Brockton, Carol Measer , Children’s Development Center, Raynham, Celine Matieu , Cape Cod Child Development, Wareham, Jodi Machado , South Coast YMCA, New Bedford, Jamee Beaudry , South Shore YMCA, Hanover, Carla Seymour , Lead Coach, Region 5 EPS, SE MA
Brenda McClay , Bright Ideas Childcare, Plymouth, Sharon Fayette , Brockton Day Nursery, Brockton. Not pictured:  Lisa Botelho , Brockton Day Nursery, Brockton, Maria Walker , Cape Cod Child Development, West Yarmouth
Family Engagement External Stakeholders Regional Meetings
 
The Department of Early Education and Care , the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , and the Department of Public Health are working collaboratively to create a comprehensive birth to grade 12 family engagement framework for use in home visiting programs, early intervention services, child care programs, public school settings, and more.
The Departments are convening regional meetings of external stakeholders involved in family engagement that will bring together national partners and stakeholders from a variety of fields to provide insight and guidance on the development of birth to grade 12 family engagement framework. The regional meetings, which will take the form of focus groups, will take place on May 2 in both Bedford and Millbury and on May 3 in Springfield.
 
Community members, parents, grandparents, practitioners, child care providers, and school and district personnel with an interest in informing a family engagement framework are encouraged to register and participate. We will email logistics a few days before the scheduled date to people who have registered.
 
Anyone who is unable to attend the dates listed above is invited to take an online survey that will be available beginning May 1. There will also be other opportunities to participate in the future.
Now Open! Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year Early Childhood Educator Scholarship
 
The application period for the 2018-2019 Early Childhood Educator Scholarship program is now open! This scholarship provides financial assistance for early childhood educators to complete college coursework towards an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in the following fields:

·        Early Childhood Education
·        Child Development
·        Family Studies
·        Child Care Administration

Approved applicants for the Early Childhood Educator Scholarship may receive financial assistance for up to 9 college credits per semester during the 2018-2019 academic year, subject to budget appropriation.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be matriculated at a participating Massachusetts college or university, and have worked a minimum of 25 hours per week for at least 12 months, in an approved early education and care setting.
For more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply for the Early Childhood Educator Scholarship, please click the link below. 



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Kailey Brennan
(508) 208-1238
Communications and Administrative Specialist
Workforce and Professional Development Division
Child Development and Education, Inc