New CEU Opportunities
Practical Ways to Promote Learning Through Active Play (in English)
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Where: Wollaston Child Care, 47 Weston Ave., Quincy, MA 02170
By moving more and sitting less, children are not only learning, they are learning how to live a healthful way. When children participate in active play, they not only develop their large muscles, they are better able to learn in all domains. Also, movement helps children develop confidence in their abilities. By participating in fun physical activity early in life, children may develop a lifelong enjoyment of being physical active. During this interactive training, participants will explore the benefits of including active play throughout the curriculum, discuss ways to support motor skill development, consider ways to create a safe and appropriate active learning environment, and share strategies that promote active learning both indoors and outdoors. Participants will also discuss the MA Department of Early Education and Care regulation on physical activity required of licensed early childhood programs.This training is 5 hours/.5 CEU credits. Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Curriculum. Instructor: Michelle Campbell-Gaylord. For more information: More Information.
The FY 2017 QRIS Improvement Grant Has Been Posted
The 2017 QRIS improvement grant has been posted by EEC. Eligible programs have an opportunity to “purchase of durable goods that will raise program quality.”
Important Grant Deadline: An Intent to Bid (through a SurveyMonkey link) is required by April 20, 2017 for programs and providers who plan to apply for the grant.
Is my program eligible? Programs are eligible to apply if they are at least a granted QRIS Level 2 application and a Level 3 application submitted to EEC by March 1, 2017, or if they are already a granted Level 3.
More Information: You can review the grant posting and eligibility requirements on the EEC website: http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/financial-assistance/funding-opportunities/open-competitive-grants/fy-2017-qris-improvement-grant-fund-code-764.html?utm
|ECE Scholarship Available!
In the fall of 2005, the Massachusetts Legislature passed key legislation implementing the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship program to early childhood and out of school time educators earning their associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
How do I know if I am eligible for the scholarship?
You are eligible for the ECE Scholarship if you meet ALL of the following criteria.
- Massachusetts permanent residency;
- United States citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Educators who are currently working at a paid position at least 25 hours a week will have priority status for the scholarship over educators working less hours;
- Currently working in a paid position at least 25 hours a week at a Massachusetts EEC licensed or authorized program for at least one year as of the priority deadline;
- Continue employment in a paid position at least 25 hours a week at an EEC licensed or authorized program while earning your degree;
- Register with EEC’S Professional Qualifications Registry (PQR) and have an active PQR number;
- Matriculate (must enroll and be accepted as a candidate) in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in early education and care or fields that directly names early child development as its specific area of inquiry at an eligible Massachusetts institution of higher education;
- Agree to continue working in the field of early education and care or out of school time for a minimum of 6 months for every semester of scholarship funding you receive.
You are not eligible for the ECE Scholarship if you meet ANY of the following criteria.
- Do not live in Massachusetts;
- Not a United States citizen or eligiblenon-citizen;
- Do not work in a paid position at a Massachusetts EEC licensed or authorized early education and care or out of school time program;
- Have previously defaulted on state or federal student loans or owe a refund on any previously received federal or state financial aid;
- Have a prior bachelor’s degree in any major;
- Not enrolled in an eligible Massachusetts institution of higher education for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, or fields that directly names early child development as its specific area of inquiry.
What do I need to do to apply for the Scholarship?
- Complete a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a requirement of the ECE Scholarship program. You cannot file an ECE Scholarship application until you have filed your FAFSA and your FAFSA is received by the Department of Higher Education and OSFA. It takes a minimum of 72 hours for OSFA to receive a completed FAFSA.
- You do not have to be eligible for financial aid to apply for the ECE Scholarship.
- Complete the ECE Scholarshipapplication online annually. Incomplete applications cause a delay in processing and awarding of scholarship funding. Please complete your 2017-2018 application in full. The application is available online at The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) www.osfa.mass.edu.
- Matriculate (must enroll and be accepted as a candidate) in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in early education and care or fields that directly names early child development as its specific area of inquiry at an eligible Massachusetts institution of higher education.