We are proud to announce the addition of
Connected Beginnings Training Institute (CBTI) to the UMass Donahue Institute's already robust portfolio of training and technical assistance for early childhood programs, specifically in the area of social emotional health.
CBTI builds the capacity of infant and early childhood practitioners to engage in nurturing relationships with families and the very young children in their care. As research has revealed, positive, supportive, enriching and nurturing relationships with adults and other children are critical to young children's social and emotional well-being, mental health, evolving brain architecture and capacity to learn.
CBTI's director, Mary Watson Avery adds, "We recognize the especially critical period of growth in babies and very young children, as well as the unique demands that presents on families and the practitioners that seek to support them."
CBTI was launched in 2006 and joined the Institute in spring 2019.
"The addition of Connected Beginnings Training Institute further expands our ability to serve the early childhood education and care community, here in Massachusetts, across the New England region, and nationally," said Eric Heller, UMass Donahue Institute Interim Executive Director.
Read about CBTI's recent training activities