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Early Education Advocates at the State House

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We recently joined other early education advocates at the State House to show our support for early education amendments.


In related news, the Child Rate Reserve amendment sponsored by State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and 71 co-sponsors has passed, which will gain an increase of $7.5 million in funding for the early educator rate reserve. Early educators have not seen a rate increase in six years.

Professional Development Opportunity in Brockton


Free professional development opportunities are few and far between.

Please join us for a training entitled “Creating a Classroom Community” and an opportunity to learn more about MECEU.

Center Visit with Senator Downing and Representative Farley-Bouvier

State Senator Ben Downing and State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier joined early childhood educators for a tour of Kidzone, an early childhood education center in Pittsfield, to provide a look into the day-to-day activities of early educators who provide high quality early education to children from birth to five years of age.

Professional Development Opportunity in Lynn: Creating a Classroom Community

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Dinner with a Class Series Opening! After your busy day, have a home-cooked meal and a training with CEU's* attached:

• Part 1: The basics of managing transitions and setting and following through with Classroom Agreements. (2.5 hrs)
• Part 2:   Classroom strategies for behavior management,  (2.5 hrs.)

*In order to receive CEU's, participants must attend both sessions and complete requirements.

Recent MECEU Professional Development Trainings

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On March 29th at Cushman-Scott Children's Center in Amherst, and on April 2nd at Cowlicks and Pigtails Child Care Center in West Bridgewater, educators participated in an MECEU Professional Development session offered to our Most Supportive Centers. The program was titled Working with Diverse Learners: Classroom Strategies to Help Children with Challenging Behaviors, with a focus on Social Stories. Participants learned a strategy to help children who are having trouble with classroom routines, guidelines, and transitions, and took a Social Story back that they could use in the classroom.


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Local Video Highlights Early Childhood Education

This video featuring local preschools highlights the value of early childhood education and recognizes the importance of supporting our committed early childhood professionals in Massachusetts!

-Highlights from our Recent State OC Meeting-

More than 45 MECEU leaders and activists recently gathered in Natick for our first Statewide Organizing Committee meeting of 2013.


MECEU Announces Exciting New Professional Development Opportunities!

From Christine Maguire, MECEU Professional Development Coordinator:
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In January, I had the exciting opportunity to attend a three-day Train-the-Trainer with Ellen Galinsky, the author of the acclaimed book, Mind in the Making.  Galinski identified seven skills from child development research and neuroscience that help children thrive both now and in the future. MECEU is happy to announce that we are now able to provide Professional Development sessions in helping children with these skills. The skills we will emphasize first will be focus, self-control, and the understanding that others have feelings. These are the basis for further development and learning.  For more information and resources for families, ECE staff, and communities, go to the website
If your center is one of MECEU's Most Supportive Centers, MECEU is providing free Professional Developments on this and other topics. They are held at a place and time and on a topic tailored to your needs.  If you have not yet had your free session, you can contact me at or 617-429-2043 to set one up.
Stay tuned for opportunities which qualified MECEU supporters will have available to become a trainer in this exciting topic.



Graduate student and preschool teacher seeking other women of color working in early childhood education who are willing to participating in a series of three social justice oriented focus groups! Your knowledge and insights may help us better understand and improve the causes and consequences of status and working conditions for early childhood educators.

The Committee for Protections of Human Subjects at Brandeis University has approved this study.

For more information, please contact:
Megan Madison, 231-357-0169

Would you like to apply for a QRIS Quality Improvement grant?

EEC is now taking grant applications for QRIS Quality Improvement grants. Programs self-assessed at all QRIS levels may be eligible to apply.
The deadline for grant proposals is March 8, 2013.  The grant application information is available at:

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