Region 5 Educator and Provider Support (EPS) - SEEPP
Professional Development Opportunities
Upcoming Conferences
8th Annual SEEPP/Region 5 EPS 
Spring Enrichment Conference 
Saturday April 7, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM with lunch keynote
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
180 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Keynote Speaker: Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.
5 Lessons in Creating Outdoor Learning Environments and Nature Based Curriculum
In this keynote, Victoria explores how to create effective learning environments and nature based curriculum outdoors. Teachers are introduced to a variety of outdoor learning stations that are inspired by The Four Types of Gardens. Teachers learn how the physical environment invites various methods of teaching, pedagogies, learning styles,and learning trends. Teacher learn what kind of outdoor learning spaces are actually supporting innovative education while learning how to improve their own outdoor environments.
Victoria Hackett is the founder of As a parent, educational consultant, trainer and coach,   Victoria inspires playful learning outdoors. She offers on-site seminars and virtual e-courses that blend theoretical information with hands on problem solving techniques. She has been in the field of education for over twenty-five years and holds a Masters in Education from Cambridge College. After years of working with children, educators and parents, Victoria has cultivated a passion for inspiring teachers to reconnect children with nature using outdoor classrooms. She was the founder of the Cove School Children’s Garden in Beverly, MA and has been spreading the concepts of creating Outdoor Classrooms on a shoe string budget ever since. Her mission is to offer high quality teacher training while creating an international virtual community of Natural Teachers. Her vision is for every child, in every school to have access to an Outdoor Classroom.
On behalf of SEEPP/Region 5 EPS, each attending educator will each receive materials to add to their Outdoor Curriculum Programming.
MA Act Early Summit
Developmental Surveillance in Early Childhood Mixed Systems:
Educators/Providers, EI, WIC, DCF, Head Start, EEC

Friday April 20, 2018
8:30am - 2:45pm

Cape Cod Children’s Place
10 Ballwic Rd
North Eastham, MA

DESCRIPTION: This is a full day training conference of the MA Act Early State Team for early childhood providers. Learn about the extensive inventory of CDC Act Early materials and resources, hear about current research, and view the Watch Me Grow! Modules and network with colleagues.
Breakout sessions will include sharing difficult information with families, implementing developmental surveillance and Act Early material, accessing available resources in the community, and communicating with other stakeholders and agencies.

TARGET AUDIENCE : This conference is designed for early childhood educators, providers in EI, WIC, DCF, Head Start, EEC, health care providers and all allied health care professionals working with young children.

NO REGISTRATION FEE: Conference includes: a light breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, certificate of attendance, and materials.

Registration deadline: Wednesday April 18, 2018

Space is limited. Please complete the registration form with your first and second choices for break-out sessions and scan, email or mail back to:

Monthly News & Updates
The 2018 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Professional Development Resource Guide is now available. This guide contains more than 100 trainings offered by 20 agencies for cross-systems professionals who work with infants, young children, and their families. 
The 2018 IECMH Professional Development Resource Guide links the original framework of promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment tiers of support with the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) Competency Guidelines. 
The 2018 IECMH Professional Development Resource Guide is free and available online .
For more information the about 2018 IECMH Professional Development Resource Guide, please contact Eve Wilder at the Department of Public Health.   
Join the Children’s Trust for the Guidelines and Tools for the Development of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Plans by Youth-Serving Organizations in Massachusetts on May 11, 2018 in Pittsfield MA.

For Training Summary, click here .

If you are planning to attend and want to reserve your seat before the deadline, please click the register button below. Upon completing the registration process you will receive an email confirming your registration with a confirmation number and links to either modify your registration or unregister yourself.
Call for Sessions and Exhibits
The organizers of the Massachusetts STEM Summit are pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Sessions and Exhibits.
The theme for this year's Summit, "Pipelines to Prosperity," speaks to the multitude of diverse, innovative approaches that seek to nurture curiosity, motivation, and achievement in STEM throughout one's lifetime. This STEM pipeline extends from pre-kindergarten through elementary school, secondary school, and out-of-school time, paving the way to STEM pathways into higher education, and ultimately entry to, and advancement in, the STEM workforce. By meeting the growing needs of Massachusetts' employers for a diverse, talented workforce, the STEM pipeline affords access to rewarding and productive careers and contributes to the promise of continued economic prosperity and growth across the Commonwealth.
We encourage the submission of proposals for sessions and exhibits that showcase the creative ways in which you are addressing the challenges of engaging individuals in STEM and helping them succeed and progress through the pipeline.

Proposals for Breakout Sessions and Resource Exhibits may address any of the Summit's topical strands:
Early Education
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Workforce and Business
  Guidelines for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as the proposal forms, can be downloaded from the Summit website .
  Proposals received in response to the Call will be reviewed by Strand review committees, which will select the sessions and exhibits to be included as part of the 2018 Summit program. Strand review committees consist of volunteers from the Commonwealth's greater STEM community. A recruitment announcement and instructions for volunteering will be forthcoming in a future email, and will also be posted on the Summit website.
Proposals submission deadline: May 4, 2018 at 5pm.
Spring has sprung at PFN! 
The spring newsletter is available below and is available on their website at anytime.   
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
NCPMI extends and deepens the work of numerous faculty members and research scholars from multiple institutions who have contributed to the development of the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.
What to Expect:

  • New web site with access to all the Pyramid Model Resources
  • (Coming April 2018)
  • Exciting new products to support implementation
  • Presentations on current issues and innovations in Pyramid Model implementation
  • Announcements of technical assistance opportunities. Check our 2018 TA flyer
Do You or Your Staff Work with Infants, Young Children and Families?
We are very excited to present the 2018 version of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Professional Development Resource Guide. It contains more than 100 trainings offered by 20 agencies for cross-systems professionals working with infants, young children, and their families. IECMH services support child and family competence within their socio-cultural context, reduce risk, and intervene in functioning that threatens to erode early development and healthy parent-child relationships.

This year’s Resource Guide links the original framework of promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment tiers of support with the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) Competency Guidelines. Please contact each training agency for information about individual trainings. For more general information about this Compendium, contact Eve Wilder at .

The Sandwich Public School District is holding its


Friday April 6, 2018

Forestdale School
151 Route 130
Forestdale, MA

The Sandwich Public School District will be conducting its annual orientation, registration, and screening of three and four year old children. Orientation will provide parents with both preschool information and information on the developmental issues of young children. Registration of young children is optional.

The purpose of the screening is two-fold:

  • To identify children who may require special services before entering kindergarten.

  • To identify typically developing community friends for the 2017-2018 Sandwich Integrated Preschool classes. This program provides a high quality learning environment for all students. Enrollment is limited and all prospective children must complete this simple screening. Community friends must be three or four years old at the time of screening. Children who turn three between the screening date and June 2, 2017 can schedule an appointment after the child starts school three in the fall. Children that turn three over the summer can be screened after the start of the school year. There is a generous tuition assistance program for families.

This simple 20-30 minute screening assesses your child’s abilities in areas such as: speech/language skills, learning and cognitive skills, motor abilities, and social skills to see if the child is in need of further assessment.

Parents may call David Thomas, Early Childhood Coordinator for the Sandwich Public Schools, at 508-477-6600 ext.198 to make an appointment for their child.

Children who will be of age to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2018 are not eligible for the preschool screening. They should attend the kindergarten screening on May 29 th .

All Screenings are by Appointment Only .
Please call David Thomas, Early Childhood Coordinator at
508-477-6600 ext 198
To schedule an appointment for your child

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