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Early Learning Updates
02/03/2023 Download Word Document  2022-2023 Early Childhood and Elementary Principals Networking and Professional Development Series

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 Resources

The delivery of high quality early learning opportunities that create a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten through grade three can help close proficiency gaps and build a foundation for future success. The Early Learning team in the Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) provides guidance and coordination around policies and issues that relate to pre-kindergarten to grade three alignment initiatives in collaboration with our state agency partners, including the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC and the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Playful Learning Institute, Preschool through 3rd Grade

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is rolling out a Playful Learning Institute initiative for preschool through third grade educators and administrators. The Playful Learning Institute competitive grant opportunity (fund code 347) has posted to DESE's Grants page.

Applications are due on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

The Playful Learning Institute competitive grant program (Fund Code 347) will assist the Department in selecting five school teams' participation in the pilot institute. The Department's Early Learning Team will host a Drop-In Question and Answer Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 12:30–1:30. If you are interested in attending this Question and Answer session, please complete the registration.

We continue to offer support, technical assistance, and networking opportunities for kindergarten programs, early childhood coordinators, and families. To find out about these opportunities, please sign up for our Prek-3rd Grade Learning newsletter.

Additional Early Learning Information and Resource:

Contact Information:

Donna Traynham,
Early Learning Team Lead
Donna.J.Traynham@mass.gov781-338-6372
Emily Taylor,
Early Learning Specialist
Emily.M.Taylor@mass.gov781-338-6313
Jane Haltiwanger,
Early Learning Specialist
Jane.Haltiwanger@mass.gov781-338-6314
Kelly Rooney,
Early Learning Specialist
Kelly.Meehan-Rooney@mass.gov781-338-6334

Or contact Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support, or any SFS staff, via achievement@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3010.

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Last Updated: February 3, 2023

 
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