FY 18 Professional Development Calendar 
Now Open! 

CEU Training Opportunities

September
October

Professional Learning Communities


Assessment for Responsive Teaching

The Assessment for Responsive Teaching project provides training for early educators and directors who want to increase their knowledge and skills in assessing children's growth and development. All of the courses are aligned with the QRIS Curriculum and Learning Standard and the Core Competency Observation, Assessment and Documentation and provide continuing education credit (CEUs).

 
Other trainings offered: 
*Teaching Strategies GOLD
*Using Observation Skills for Planning and Assessment
*Assessing Diverse Learners
*Engaging Families in the Assessment Process
*Understanding and Implementing Developmental Screening
*Utilizing Data for Administrative Decision-Making
*Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning: for Educators
Contact us to see about hosting/scheduling one of these trainings for your program and others.


If your program is interested in hosting the "The Art of Observation",  a Professional Learning Community (PLC) offered to help educators develop their skills in observational assessment please contact Nicole at n.miles@outlook.com
 

Child Development and Education, Inc. manages the FY18 QRIS Tools grant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' early educators and ASOST providers. If you are in need of training in one of the QRIS Measurement Tools, 
please contact  Nicole Miles at  n.miles@outlook.com or 781-870-7009 for more information or schedule a training at your site. 
 
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Measurement Tools 
  • Environmental Rating Scales and Arnett (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS, SACERS)
  • Business Administration Plan (BAS) 
  • Program Administration Plan (PAS) 
  • Strengthening Families and the Five Protective Factors
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
 
The 14th annual Massachusetts STEM Summit will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester!
This year's theme "Progress Through Partnership" celebrates the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth's powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception. The day will include panel presentations, plenary speakers, and exhibitors showcasing STEM initiatives; sharing innovative thinking; and  highlighting the goals, plans, and progress of STEM policies and programs.
Sessions will cover a broad range of topics categorized in the following Strands:
* Early Education 
* K-12 Education
* Higher Education
* Workforce and Business

To see session and exhibit descriptions, visit the Summit website at: 
Registration opens on September 11, 2017 and the registration fee will be $50. Please note: this fee will be waived for all full-time students. 
This event has been sold out the last several Summits so register early!
 
We hope you can join us to help advance the future of STEM in Massachusetts.
Hosted by:
Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council
Massachusetts Business Roundtable
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
From the Commissioner 

Dear Massachusetts Early Education and Care Community,
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is in the process of revising the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement (MA QRIS) standards. On June 13, 2017, the Board of Early Education and Care voted to send a revised draft of the standards forward for a 100 day period of public comment. From now through November, EEC needs your input to help revise the MA QRIS standards. Please keep in mind that many of the details about the revised MA QRIS, including how EEC will verify applications, will be developed after the standards, criteria, and indicators are finalized. These 100 days are really for making the standards that best serve our children and families.
I encourage you to visit our QRIS revisions webpage that has resources to inform you about proposed changes to the QRIS. Many of these resources will be available in Spanish. We urge you to visit this website often as we add content to support you during these 100 days. 
EEC is pleased to offer you a number of ways to provide input. First, we will be hosting a series of in-person public meetings across the Commonwealth. You may offer comment on any of the four MA QRIS program types (family child care, community center-based, public school preschool, afterschool/out-of-school time) at all of these meetings. You do not need to RSVP to attend. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:
* Thursday, September 14: EEC Taunton Office, Taunton, 11:00am-1:00pm
* Wednesday, November 1: Plymouth Public Library, Otto Fehlow Room, Plymouth, 6:30-8:30pm
Secondly, in the coming weeks, you will find a link on our website to an online survey to solicit your feedback on the proposed changes to the MA QRIS. Staff who work with more than one program type can take the survey multiple times. The family child care version of the survey will be available in English and Spanish.
Finally, you may offer your feedback about QRIS revisions via a webinar on Friday, October 20 from 12:30-2pm. During the webinar, we will give a broad overview of the standards revision process, share EEC's guiding principles for the revisions, explain the changes from the current standards to the draft revised standards, and take questions live. You may register online to participate in the webinar. 
During the revision process, we encourage you to:
* Stay engaged in continuous quality improvement, rather waiting for the revisions to take effect. (Please note that your program's current MA QRIS rating will be maintained once QRIS revisions are implemented.)
* Reach out to the Program Quality Unit staff with any questions about the QRIS. You can find your Program Quality Specialist (PQS) on EEC's website. 
* Keep in mind that the MA QRIS will continue to evolve over time. EEC expects to refine and revise its QRIS to reflect best practices and current research in the field of early childhood education on a periodic basis.
* Understand that MA QRIS revisions will be supported by updated information technology (IT) applications, such as a user-friendly QRIS Program Manager. We will not launch a new system without the IT to support it.
Lastly, in the coming months, EEC will be working on some interim changes to the current MA QRIS to make it more user-friendly while the new version is being developed. Please visit our website often to stay updated on these changes.
We look forward to your participation in this public hearing period. Thank you for your commitment to the children and families of the Commonwealth.
Sincerely,
Thomas L. Weber
Commissioner


EEC' s PQ Registry

As a reminder, if you are an educator who is employed in a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)-licensed center-based program or family child care home in Massachusetts, you need to register in EEC's Professional Qualifications (PQ) Registry. EEC's Professional Qualifications Registry gathers important information on the size, composition, education, and experience of our current workforce. Educators, including assistants, who work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or school age children in EEC-licensed settings are required to register and update their registration annually. Please note that having an EEC teacher certification does not mean that you are already registered.
If you are not currently registered in the PQ Registry, please do so through EEC's Single-Sign In. If you do not already have an  EEC Single-Sign in account, you will need to go to Single Sign-In and click on "Do not have an EEC SSI account? Enroll here". Once you enroll in our sign-in system, you will sign in and click on the link to the PQ Registry in your menu. Fill out the requested information (it will require you to navigate through several screens to fill in your educational and demographic information) and when you get to the last screen, there will be an orange "submit" button. You will click on submit, which will activate you in the PQR. You can print up your summary page or print up a wallet-sized card to laminate with your number on it to register for EEC trainings.
If you are already registered in the PQ Registry, you may renew your registration directly in the  PQ Registry. You will receive renewal notices via email, so please ensure that you log into your account and update your email address if it changes. You can renew your account up to 30 days prior to expiration. 
If you need technical assistance with the PQ Registry, please submit a  Support Request online. Please note that requests are no longer accepted via email.


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