May Newsletter

  • Professional Learning Communities about Tinkering, Recycled Materials, and Inspiring Environments
  • New trainings for Afterschool/Out of School Time
  • CEUs coming up: CLASS, EPS Region 6 May 18th Professional Development Day, and new CEUs added
  • Just added college courses that start in May
  • Information about the Early Educator Scholarship and supports available
  • News and opportunities from our community partners

We look forward to supporting your work with children and families through professional development, coaching, and program-focused supports this spring!
Wendy Valentine, Project Director, and the EPS Region 6 Team
New Professional Learning Communities
Inspiring Environments: Using the Environment Rating Scales
Examine and discuss how the ERS can be used for quality assessment and improvement.
Location : Brookline Health Department
Schedule : Tuesdays, May 7, June 4, and June 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tiny Tinkers: Meaningful STEAM Experiences in Early Childhood
This three-part Professional Learning Community will take Early Childhood Educators through the process of “onboarding” a Tinkering structure in their educational settings.
Location : Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA
Schedule : Tuesdays, May 21, May 28, and June 4, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Beautiful Stuff in Early Childhood
Learn about how to utilize recycled treasures to create fun and educational experiences in this two session PLC.
Location : YMCA, 215 Bremen St, East Boston
Schedule : Thursdays, 5/16 and 6/13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Two Retreats for Educators and Directors!
Raise Your Voice, Share Your Story: An Evening Retreat for Educators & Administrators
Being an educator is hard work! Come celebrate yourself as an educator with the EPS Region 6 Team!
We will have dinner, a coaching cafe, materials to create and design a personal/professional journal, and prize drawings.
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Location: 178 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
Reflect, Refocus, Recharge: A Retreat Day for Early Childhood Leaders
Do you need a professional recharge so you can be at your best for teachers, children and families? This retreat is designed to rejuvenate leaders and help them to increase the energy and focus that they are bringing to their daily work .
When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 10am-3pm
Location: Urban College, 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA

Just for After School and Out of School Time (ASOST)
ASOST Online CEU - Understanding Bullying and Prevention Strategies
Explore the causes of bullying behavior and steps to prevent and stop bullying in your afterschool/out of school time program in this self-paced online course.

May 3 - May 20, 2019
Beyond Licensing : Ensuring Quality in Afterschool (0.5 CEUs)
This training will address the major areas that licensors say programs are often challenged by in their pursuit to attain a higher level of quality, including: curriculum; staff-child interactions; managing transitions; staff training, development and supervision; interactions with parents; and effective staff communication.
Saturday, May 18th, 9am - 3pm
ABCD, 178 Tremont, Boston, MA
$25, includes lunch
New CEU Opportunities
Using the Classroom Observation Tool (CLASS™) for Educator Assessment and Development (0.5 CEU)

Location: Charlestown, MA
Dates: Tuesday 5/21 and Thursday 5/23, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost: $15
Spring Professional Development Day
Saturday, May 18, 2019
178 Tremont St, Boston, MA
We still have openings in the following trainings:

Developmentally Appropriate Planning/Activities for Children Birth to 5

Record Keeping for Family Child Care Programs

How Trauma Impacts Young Children’s Attachment, Neurobiology, and Learning

**AND 2 additional trainings just added!**

Beyond Licensing : Ensuring Quality in Afterschool

Basic Computer Skills for Early Education and Care Professionals (presented in Chinese)

College Courses - Starting in May
PS103 Child Development
Location: Fisher College, 118 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02111
Schedule: Mondays, 6:30pm-9:00pm, May 13 - July 6
This is a BLENDED/HYBRID course. It meets once a week for 2.5 hours, with the rest of the hours completed online in Blackboard. This is a 3-credit college course.
Learn more and apply here (applications close Monday 5/6)

ED120 Infant/Toddler Curriculum
Location: Online with Fisher College
Schedule: May 13 - July 6, 2019
Learn more and apply here (applications close Monday 5/6)

ED121 Preschool Curriculum
Location: Online with Fisher College
Schedule: May 13 - July 6, 2019
Learn more and apply here (applications close Monday 5/6)

ECE104S Crecimiento y Desarrollo del Niño (Child Growth and Development in Spanish)
Lugar: Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Horario: Este es un curso universitario de 3 créditos que tendrá lugar en Urban College los viernes de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm y los sábados 9:00 am a 3:00 pm, del 31 de mayo del 2019 al 29 de junio del 2019
The Early Childhood Educator Scholarship is OPEN!
Are you considering applying for an Associates or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field?
Did you know you can get up to $4500/semester with the Early Childhood Educator Scholarship?
The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's or bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
There are supports for completing your ECE Scholarship application!
EPS Region 6 is here to help - Contact us if you have any questions about the Scholarship.
News from Our Community Partners
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We update our professional development calendar weekly!
We are always adding new opportunities to our online calendar! It's the best spot to read more information about courses, see which days they meet, and sign up.