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Developing the Early Education and Out of School Time Workforce‌.One Step At A Time

The Region 6 Educator and Provider Support Collaborative (Region 6 EPS) was established in July 2010 as the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) created Educator and Provider Support Regional Partnerships (EPS). In 2012, EEC merged Region 4 with surrounding Regions and expanded Region 6’s original service area to cover over 15 communities in the Greater Boston Area including the City of Boston and all its neighborhoods. ABCD, Inc. (Action for Boston Community Development, Inc) is the Lead Agent for Region 6 EPS Collaborative. Our service area includes Brookline, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dedham, Hull, Milton, Needham, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Somerville, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winthrop Allston, Brighton, Boston, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, West Roxbury.

Our collaborative partnership is comprised of: Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Associated Early Care and Education, Inc Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC) Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Network (BCNN) Boston Public Schools -Department of Extended Learning Time in After School (DELTAS) Building Out of School Network (BOSTnet) Bunker Hill Community College Catholic Charities Child Development and Education, Inc. (CDE) Connected Beginnings CAPIC Head Start Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB)

COMPASS for Kids Greater Boston Readiness Center Health Resources in Action- The BEST Initiative Home Health & Child Care (HHCC) The Institute for Education and Professional Development (IEPD) Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) Quincy College Quincy Community Action Program (QCAP) ReadBoston Springfield College Thrive in 5 UMASS Boston Urban College of Boston Wheelock College

The collaborative works with educators working in family child care homes, center-based programs, Head Start programs, out-of school time (OST) programs and public school staff. Priority is given to educators and programs serving children who receive EEC subsidies (vouchers or contracts). All services are focused on raising the credentials, skills and best practices of the educators and providers in Region 6.

Educator and Provider Regional Partnerships EEC envisions a workforce development system that is accessible to all educators across the state with core functions that are available statewide and interconnected professional development offerings at the statewide, regional, and local levels. The system has multiple access points that contribute unique functions, key partners, linkages and pathways to the system. Through the EPS grant, EEC is supporting pathways that guide educators to degree attainment and increased competency and that guide providers (programs) in attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement on QRIS. Core Goals: Educators are supported to increase competency and earn a degree, certificate, or credential in ECE or related field. Educators have access to the resources and supports (coaching and mentoring) to set and achieve professional and academic goals. Providers receive supports and resources to achieve and maintain accreditation. Providers are supported in upward movement on QRIS system. Educators and Providers are working on specific activities based on IPDP to achieve one of the core goals listed above The EPS grant focuses on 3 core areas of professional development:  Educator and Provider Planning Goal: To implement professional development pathways for educators and providers in the mixed delivery system regardless of setting, age group, and position level. The development of pathways includes an assessment of each educator’s knowledge, skills, and abilities (competencies) and a plan that reflects individual experience, and self-identified goals. Pathways include individual professional development plans (IPDPs) that begin by addressing basic academic needs and achieving a credential or certificate and lead to a college degree. Pathways for providers (programs) include supports to increase program quality through attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement in the QRIS system.  Coaching and Mentoring Goal: To empower educators and providers in making informed educational choices that advance their professional growth by delivering services that include individual career and academic counseling and by providing coaching and mentoring that support the goals of individual educators and providers through varied levels of support.  Competency Development Goal: To ensure educators are gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to increase individual competency, enhance program quality, and improve outcomes for children. Competency is achieved through professional development that addresses theory to practice, utilizes reflection, adapts to individual educator and provider needs. It aligns EEC Core Competencies with ESE Curriculum Frameworks, and supports the use of environmental rating scales and evidenced-based assessments. Increased competency leads to the attainment of a degree, certificate, or credential for educators and, for providers, accreditation and upward movement on QRIS.

Region 6 EPS Zone Forums (6 Locations to Choose From- See schedule below)

Professional Development Planning, Program Planning, and Competency Development

Come Find Out about the Region 6 EPS New Program Focus Project & All Professional Development Services for Early Educators, Family Child Care Providers and Out of School Time Educators! In each of the 12 Zones in Region 6, Programs will be offered the opportunity to participate in our newest project:

The Program Focus Project  These forums are open to all educators in Region 6 including Family Child Care Providers, Center Based Educators & Directors, Out of School Time Educators and School-Based Program Educators.  Programs selected for the Program Focus Project will: o Be assigned a mentor who will provide program/cohort specific supports  Mentors will help create goals and benchmarks and meet with programs/networks at least 4 times during project duration. o Receive intense support for Program Planning, Staff Development, Leadership Development, QRIS and/or Accreditation. o Have an opportunity to receive specialized CEU training at your site or in your Zone which will be aligned with your Program’s Improvement Plan.

Forum #

Date & Time



Forum 1

Thursday August 17:00pm-8:30pm

South Shore Community Nursery School

3 North Main Street Cohasset, MA

Forum 2

Saturday August 39:30am-11:00am Wednesday August 79:30am-11:00am Tuesday August 137:00pm-8:30pm Thursday August 159:30am-11:00am Saturday August 179:30am-11:00am

East Boston Social Center

68 Central Square East Boston, MA 1250 Hancock St Quincy, MA Room 321 178 Tremont St. Boston, MA 3rd Floor 1208A VFW Parkway, Suite 101 West Roxbury, MA 110 Claybourne Street Dorchester, MA

Forum 3 Forum 4 Forum 5 Forum 6

Quincy College ABCD Central Office Child Development and Education Office Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center

TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF THESE ZONE FORUMS: Please visit our website at If you have questions about these forums please contact Donna Jasak, Project Manager @ (617) 348-6287 or email

Participants MUST be registered with the EEC Professional Qualifications Registry to take part in this professional development opportunity. Go to: to register.

Program Focus Project Region 6 EPS (Educator and Provider Support) Collaborative is launching a new project for FY14 to support program development. In FY13, The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) merged Region 4 cities and towns with Regions 2, 3 & 6. To ensure outreach to this expanded area Region 6 has separated our region into 12 Zones.  Zone 7 – Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop The Zones are: & East Boston  Zone 1 – Hull, Weymouth &  Zone 8 – Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Cohasset Fenway & Back Bay  Zone 2 – Wellesley, Weston &  Zone 9 – Roslindale, Hyde Park & Needham Mattapan  Zone 3 – Braintree &Randolph  Zone 10 –South End & Roxbury  Zone 4 - Dedham & West Roxbury  Zone 11 – South Boston &  Zone 5 – Quincy & Milton Downtown  Zone 6 – Cambridge, Somerville,  Zone 12 – Dorchester Allston/Brighton & Charlestown In each of the 12 Zones in Region 6, programs and family child care homes will be offered the opportunity to participate in Region 6’s Program Focus Project. If interested, programs can apply on the EPS Region 6 website at Click on Program Focus Project for more details about the project and an application. A summary is below.

Region 6 plans to focus on the following programs in each zone: One center based early childhood (ECH) program One center based Out of School Time (OST) program One network of 15-20 FCC providers

The programs will be selected based on three distinct areas: 1. 2. 3. 4.

The program wants to participate and move up QRIS The program agrees to receive coaching and mentoring for staff and the program leadership The program wants to develop a 3 year plan for continuous improvement. The program agrees to sign an MOU with Region 6 EPS and to sign MOU’s with their educators to promote their professional development.

Each program will receive intense program support.  Support will be available for accreditation and staff training according to the program’s specific needs.  A program mentor will be assigned to each program and network of family child care providers.  They will schedule their first meeting with the director or network of providers in October. At the initial meeting a preliminary assessment is completed along with setting goals and benchmarks for the first 6 months.  Programs/FCC Networks will meet at least three (3) more times with their mentors.  As participants, each program will have the opportunity to receive CEU trainings at their program site or in their zone. These trainings will align with the program and staff development plans.

Course Registration Procedures  To be eligible for any Region 6 EPS courses or events you must meet the following criteria: o Currently be an educator/administrator in an EEC licensed child care center or out of school time program OR Be a Licensed Family Child Care provider or have a Licensing Exemption from EEC. o You must have a current PQR (Professional Qualification Educator Registration) Number. Your PQR must be currently active.  If you do not have a PQ Number, please apply for one using the following link before applying for a course:

 Registration for all Region 6 courses and events will be completed online.  Visit our website and click on Training and Courses. o Here you will see a calendar with all courses and events listed by month.

 Detailed course and event descriptions are available by clicking the "View Course" button for the course of interest.  Click on “Register Now” to apply for any course or event o We open applications for all courses approximately 8-10 weeks before the first day of the course. However, you may view details for any courses listed by clicking the "View Course" button. When applications are open, you can click the Register Now button to apply for the course. o You must provide a valid email when applying for any courses, information sessions or other events. All communication (i.e., cancellations, acceptances, changes, etc.) regarding the event or course will be sent via email. o A confirmation email will be sent once you are accepted into the course. Letters of acceptance will be sent at least 3 weeks in advance of the course.

 FOR CEU COURSES: Participants must attend all sessions as scheduled in order to receive CEU credits and a CEU certificate.  Fees and Payment: o o o o

Payments must be made in advance of the start of the course. Payment instructions are included in your “Email Acceptance Letter. Educators may access courses across the state with all of the five (5) regions. Payments may be made by check or through our online payment system.

Preparation Stage Step 1- Programs and educators identify a mentor to help them assess, plan and stay on track Step 2-The preparation stage for programs and educators is a very concrete process that begins with assessing the needs of the program and then the needs of the educator. Step 3- A plan is made for reaching attainable goals within 6 months with benchmarks at 3 months for programs and educators. MOUS are signed between programs and educators. Step 4- The program or the educator enters the facilitation stage according to the educator’s individual professional development plan (IPDP) or the program’s individualized program plan (IPP). Step 5- The mentor checks in with the program or educator on a pre-determined scheduled

• AA Degrees • CDA • QRIS levels 2 &3 • Accreditation

• CEUs, Certifications • QRIS levels 1 &2 • Accreditation

• BA Degrees • QRIS Levels 3 &4 • Accreditation

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier I

Tier 4 • Ongoing Leadership Development for Program Administrators

We are a regional partnership providing professional development and program improvement resources under the Educator and Provider Support grant. It is funded by the Department of Early Education and Care and administered by Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) 178 Tremont Street 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 (617) 348-6287 Communities include: Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Braintree, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Hull, Milton, Needham, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Somerville, Wellesley, Weston Winthrop, Weymouth.

For more information visit the Region 6 EPS Website to Access All Our Training Opportunities If you have questions, please call or email us @ Carla Seymour, Professional Development (617) 348-6314 Orquidea Pena, Administrative (617) 348-6275 Donna Jasak, Project (617) 348-6287

Scan this QR Code to access the Region 6 EPS Website!

Participants MUST be registered with the EEC’s Professional Qualifications Registry to take part in our professional development opportunities. Go to: to register.

July EPS Newsletter 2013  
July EPS Newsletter 2013