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.
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."
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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.
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.
Established in 1971, the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute is a public service, research, and economic development arm of the University of Massachusetts President's Office. Our mission is to apply theory and innovation to solve real world challenges and enable our clients to achieve their goals and aspirations. We serve clients in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in the Commonwealth and throughout the nation and the world.
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