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Summary of Changes to CCR&R Functions & Implementation Plan

On October 29, 2009 the Governor laid out a series of measures required to close a $600 million gap for the current fiscal year and exercised his authority to implement 9C cuts for FY2010. Included in these 9C cuts was a reduction in EEC’s Access Management account from $9.8 million to $6.4 million, thereby reducing funds for Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to perform information and referral and voucher management functions.

Due to the significant nature of this 9C cut, EEC has been working collaboratively with CCR&Rs and contracted providers to understand their related business practices on a more granular level in order to propose additional refinements to current their responsibilities while limiting disruption for children and families.

Preliminarily strategies for creating efficiencies include:
  • streamlining the voucher management process, by transferring a portion of this function to interested contracted providers (January 2010);
  • managing the waiting list for financial assistance at the EEC regional offices (as of December 11, 2009);
  • transferring a portion of data maintenance efforts from CCR&Rs to EEC’s regional offices (January 2010);
  • increasing IT capabilities to create efficiencies for contracted providers and CCR&R agencies (March 2010);
  • allowing CCR&Rs to extend vouchers for up to two additional months so that they can schedule and complete the reassessment process (change necessary due to reduced CCR&R staffing levels); parents must continue to notify CCR&R whenever there is a change in income, service need, residence or family size within two weeks of such a change (limited to November 20, 2009 - FY2010);
  • researching the ability to allow CCR&R agencies to transfer funds from professional development to access management contract lines (ongoing); and
  • soliciting efficiency proposals from CCR&Rs on creative ways to streamline the voucher management process (late November 2009).

Click here to view the complete Summary of Changes to CCR&R Functions and Implementation Plan.

Click here to view a memorandum which clarifies the policy change authorized by EEC to extend the voucher eligibility reassessment period.


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Community Input Discussions: Measuring the Progress of Young Children in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is in the early stages of developing a statewide system to measure developmental progress of its young children. EEC is engaging parents, providers, program administrators, teachers, higher education institutions, and policy makers to build a responsive approach to child assessment. At a series of community meetings across the state, Commissioner Killins has been soliciting input from the public on measuring children's school readiness; specifically the most important things to measure and recommendations on using assessment findings. Click here to view the Commissioner's presentation.



EEC At A Glance March 2009
Notice of Public Hearings on 2010-2011 CCDF State Plan
MECCS Health and Safety in Child Care Website
5/1/09: Birth to 5 Early Childhood Inclusion Symposium
EEC At A Glance January 2009

EEC Announces Bid for Income Eligible Contracts

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is pleased to issue the following Request for Responses (RFR) for Income Eligible Child Care Financial Assistance contracts, which provide access to early education and out-of-school-time programming to low-income families across the Commonwealth. EEC currently serves more than 12,000 children across the state through this contract program.

This RFR supports EEC’s ongoing efforts to promote quality programming by prioritizing providers based on quality criteria, phasing in an accreditation requirement over the life of the contract, and gradually aligning contract requirements with the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that is currently under development. To view the RFR and begin your response, please click on the following link: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/RFR.aspx



QRIS Standards are Posted and Ready for Your Input!

EEC is creating a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to improve quality and provide recognition for all programs serving children birth through age 14. The QRIS is a structure to organize the key functions of an early education and care (EEC) and after–school and out-of-school time (ASOST) system to produce positive outcomes for children, families, and communities.

After substantial collaboration with stakeholders, EEC would like to invite the public to provide input on the Standards component of the QRIS. These program standards define increasing levels of quality, and are built on the various standards already in use in Massachusetts to create one set of standards for all programs and providers.

For more information on QRIS, to view the Standards, and provide your feedback Click here!



EEC Welcomes New Commissioner

On February 2, 2009, EEC welcomed Sherri Killins as the new Commissioner of Early Education and Care. Education Secretary Paul Reville appointed Dr. Killins in December following a comprehensive, national search by the Board of Early Education and Care. Dr. Killins has worked as an advocate for children and families in a variety of ways for more than 20 years, both as a provider of direct care and in leadership roles on issues relating to children and families. Since 2004, she has served as Vice President for Human Development and Operations at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Board of Early Education and Care and all the staff at EEC look forward to working with Dr. Killins on behalf of the Commonwealth's children and families. To view a press release announcing the appointment, click here. For more information, please visit the Commissioner Search section of the website. http://www.eec.state.ma.us/CommissionerSearch.aspx



FY09 9c and FY10 Budget Proposal

At a press conference at the State House on January 28, 2009, Governor Patrick unveiled an Economic Recovery Plan which includes both additional FY09 9C reductions and an FY10 budget proposal. For an overview of the plan and EEC’s early analysis of the impacts on the agency’s budget, click here.



EEC's Southeast/Cape Office has moved

EEC’s Southeast/Cape Office moved on February 13, 2009, to 1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA 02780. The phone and fax numbers will remain the same.



Search for Child Care and Other Resources in Your Community!

EEC has “soft launched” an enhanced Find Child Care Search feature on this website (top right corner of this page) – now available in English and Spanish! The Search provides detailed information on early education and care programs and other community resources. For the first time on the web, important licensing information for programs, including each program’s EEC Licensor’s contact information and any current EEC legal action being taken is now available. Future updates will include both greater functionality and more details on a program’s licensing history.

We would love to hear your feedback - please send us your ideas to continue to improve this tool; suggestions should be sent to nicole.yacovone@massmail.state.ma.us.

How to update Your Program’s Information.



Sherri Killins Appointed New EEC Commissioner

On December 22, 2008, Education Secretary Paul Reville appointed Sherri Killins to be Commissioner of Early Education and Care. The appointment of Dr. Killins follows a comprehensive national search which included extensive public input and involvement. The Board and the Department look forward to welcoming Dr. Killins and working with her on behalf of the Commonwealth’s children and families.

To view a press release announcing the appointment, click here.

For more information, please visit the Commissioner Search section of the website.


Check out our new Family Guide "Learn and Grow Together!"

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click here to download family guide

Guia familiar: Aprender e ciescer juntos (Portuguese)
Aprender y crecer juntos (Spanish)

This resource guide helps parents understand the many stages of child development and includes suggestions for fun, low-cost family activities. “Learn and Grow Together” covers every stage of child development from birth to 14 years and offers stage-appropriate hints and activity suggestions. Parents are encouraged to print the guide and add their own tips to discuss with others. Spanish and Portuguese language versions are now available. Tell us how you use the guide! Send comments to: Commissioners.Office@massmail.state.ma.us


Moving Forward - A Letter from Secretary Reville
EEC Commissioner Search

EEC Commissioner Search - Three Finalists Selected

Quality Improvement RFR
EEC is pleased to announce that the Quality Improvement RFR, funded by revenue from the “Invest in Children” license plate, is now posted at http://www.eec.state.ma.us/kr_grant_submit.aspx.

The purpose of the grants are to promote school readiness, school success, and positive outcomes for children by supporting and enhancing the quality of services being delivered to children in non-profit early education and out of school time settings across the Commonwealth. Other community-based organization may also be eligible to apply.

Grant applications are due by November 10, 2008, for a December 19, 2008 award date. Please pass along this information to anyone you know may be interested.

Information for EEC Contracted Providers Only
The utility to update your agency’s email contact addresses is now functional in eCCIMS. Please proceed to update your agency’s email addresses if different than listed. Should you find incorrect names listed, please contact Barbara Boyd at Barbara.Boyd@massmail.state.ma.us to update data. https://www.eec.state.ma.us/SSO/Security/loginUN.aspx

A View From All Sides: Multidiscipline Perspectives on Parenting Education and Family Support: Nov. 3, 2008, Marlboro

The Department of Early Education and Care is pleased to sponsor the Children’s Trust Fund’s 16th annual A View from All Sides Conference: Multidiscipline Perspectives on Parenting Education and Family Support, scheduled for November 3, 2008. The conference offers an in-depth look at cutting-edge theories and promising practices in parenting education and family support. For the conference brochure and registration form, click here

Governor Patrick Signs “An Act Relative to Early Education and Care”

After signing into law a landmark early education and care bill on July 31st, Governor Deval Patrick spent time with preschoolers from Ellis Memorial who presented him with handmade cards wishing him a happy birthday. The Governor was also joined by Sharon Scott-Chandler, Chair of the Board of Early Education and Care, as well as other Board members, Acting Commissioner Amy Kershaw and a broad array of leaders from the field. For more information and photos about the event, click here.

BRC Manager Enhancements

Background Record Check (BRC) Manager Enhancements Release Date - Monday September 8, 2008

EEC RELEASES A NEW ONLINE BACKGROUND RECORD CHECK (BRC) APPLICATION.

For detailed information click here

For more information on the regulation changes and to view the new Policy, click here

EEC would like to thank the providers who attended the Regional Office BRC Information Sessions from July 1 to July 11. For an electronic copy of the session presentation, click here

Announcing EEC’s New Single Sign-In Process

Important information for Users of EEC’s Web Applications: eCCIMS, BRC - Background Record Check and Professional/Teacher Qualification Registry.
Please Note: There is a change in the EEC banner.

Click here for instructions.

Single Sign-in Guide

 
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