SEPTEMBER 25 , 2019
The Institute joins with the Department of Early Education and Care, UMass Boston and other partners throughout Massachusetts
StrongStart to provide training and resources to early childhood professionals across Massachusetts
The Institute has partnered with UMass Boston's College of Education and Human Development in a successful bid to develop and oversee a new, statewide training and technical assistance resource for the Commonwealth's early childhood and out-of-school time workforce.

A program of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Massachusetts StrongStart Professional Development System will provide professional learning, program development and quality improvement training for the state's licensed early care and education programs and educators.

The Institute will run the system's central Massachusetts office (referred to as a professional development center or PDC). Each of the five PDCs across the state will serve as a regional provider of training and technical assistance. 

Jennifer Gordon
Additionally, the Institute will also monitor and evaluate StrongStart's effectiveness across Massachusetts.  "We are excited to provide data, reporting, and evaluation support to the StrongStart partnership," said Jennifer Gordon, director of the Institute's Applied Research & Program Evaluation group "We will work closely with UMass Boston and the PDCs to capture feedback to inform effective implementation of the new system. That includes both  analyzing participation data to track the service delivery and assessing its impact on participating educators and programs."
Housing issues are the focus of MassBenchmarks journal issue

The Spring 2019 issue of MassBenchmarks investigates the current state of the Massachusetts economy with a focus on housing market trends. 

Feature articles examine housing availability for extremely low-income households; impacts of new housing developments at both a fiscal and community level; and the fate of housing in tourist-focused settings. A final policy analysis considers the state of the housing market throughout Massachusetts, uncovering a three-pronged housing crisis: Challenges related to supply, affordability and equity may soon hinder a growing economy.
2020 Massachusetts STEM Summit

The next STEM Summit will take place April 15, 2020 at the DCU Center in Worcester. 

There will be no Summit in 2019. Along with the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, the Institute decided to spread out the two annual statewide STEM celebrations - Massachusetts STEM Week (held in the fall) and the Summit - to give attendees a better chance to attend both. Details will be made available soon. 

MassHire serves  career seekers and providers 

In Brockton, Massachusetts, the Institute runs the Greater Brockton MassHire Career Center.   Located in the heart of the city, the career center assists those who are  looking for a job, making a career change, or seeking to increase their earning potential, and works  with employers to match prospective employees with available job openings. 

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Highlighted Publications

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019Supply, Demand and the Challenge of Local Control (for the Boston Foundation, August 2019).

Health Through Human Services: Examining major threats to the sustainability of the human services sector (for Providers' Council, May 2019).

Changing Faces of Greater Boston: A 30-year demographic analysis. (f or the Boston Indicators project at the Boston Foundation, May 2019),

About the Institute

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