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Special Education

Closing the Early Literacy Gap: Strategies for Action and Reflection on Current Practices for Literacy Development (Birth to 8)

Closing the Early Literacy Gap: Strategies for Action and Reflection on Current Practices for Literacy Development (Birth to 8)

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), the Southeastern Massachusetts Readiness Center, and the Pioneer Valley Readiness Center, in partnership with EEC's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs, the Massachusetts Community Partnerships for Children, the Massachusetts Head Start Association, and the Head Start State Collaboration Office, are pleased to announce the following conference:

"Closing the Early Literacy Gap: Strategies for Action and Reflection on Current Practices for Literacy Development (Birth to 8)"

This conference will provide professional development for early education and care professionals on children's literacy development (birth through age 8), including opportunities for team building and alignment across systems, and information on strategies for diverse learners and limited English proficient children.

There will be two offerings of this conference on the following dates and times:

Thursday June 10, 2010
9:30am-3pm
Bridgewater State College

Saturday June 12, 2010
9:30am-3pm
Westfield State College

This professional development opportunity will be free and open to individuals and teams from early education and care programs serving children from birth through age 8, including community based programs, public school districts, and Head Start.

EEC's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grantees are assisting with coordinating team participation at this conference. The conference is also open to individuals who are not part of a team. To locate your local CFCE, please contact the EEC Regional Office in your area:

Western MA and Northeast MA95 Liberty Street, Suite 1124Springfield, MA 01103(413) 788-8401Flo Semb, Family/Community Quality Specialist
Central MA 10 Austin Street,Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 798-5180Donna Marshall, Family/Community Quality Specialist
Southeast/Cape1 Washington Street, Suite 20Taunton, MA 02780 (508) 828-5025Chris Pond, Family/Community Quality Specialist
Metro Boston1250 Hancock Street, Suite 120-SQuincy, MA 02169 (617) 472-2881Terri Heffernan, Family/Community Quality Specialist

Registration will open soon; in the meantime please mark your calendars and plan to attend!



Last Updated: May 13, 2010
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