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Massachusetts Early Learning

Early Learning Updates
03/18/2024 Download Word Document  2023-2024 Networking & Professional Development Series for Elementary School Principals and Early Childhood Coordinators

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 hosted a Bidder's Conference on Friday, January 13, 2023 and a Drop-In Question and Answer Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. The slide deck used at these two meetings as well as a Question and Answer document can be found below.

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.gov 781-338-6372
Yi-Juin Liu,
Early Learning Program Supervisor
Yi-Juin.Liu@mass.gov 781-338-6312
Emily Taylor,
Early Learning Specialist
Emily.M.Taylor@mass.gov 781-338-6313
Kelly Rooney,
Early Learning Specialist
Kelly.Meehan-Rooney@mass.gov 781-338-6334

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

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Last Updated: March 18, 2024

 
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