What's New! 


Application Released for the Early 
Education and Out of School Time   (EEOST) Capital Fund

The Children's Investment Fund and CEDAC are working with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to launch the new EEOST Capital Fund Program.  The EEOST Capital Fund will provide grants for major capital facilities projects for licensed nonprofit ECE and OST programs. The guidelines and application materials are now available on the EEC website.


There will be three informational meetings to provide an overview
of the application process, and an opportunity to ask questions.


Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Department of Early Education and Care Central Office
51 Sleeper Street, Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02210
RSVP by August 21, 2014 to Denise.Karlin2@MassMail.State.Ma.Us
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Department of Early Education and Care
Central Massachusetts Regional Office
10 Austin Street
Worcester, MA 01609
RSVP by August 25, 2014 to Denise.Karlin2@MassMail.State.Ma.Us
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Department of Early Education and Care
Western Massachusetts Regional Office
1441 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
RSVP by August 25, 2014 to Denise.Karlin2@MassMail.State.Ma.Us

 
What Providers Should Know
  

 

SPACE MATTERS: There is substantial research on the importance of the physical environment on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Click Here for more about Why Quality Space Matters.

 

 

SINKS AND TOILETS: Sinks and Toilets: The location of classroom sinks and children’s bathrooms has a measurable impact on infection control, children’s hygiene, and independence, as well as on teachers’ ability to be present and actively participating in classroom activities.

 
 
 
THERMAL COMFORT: There is considerable research on the effects of temperature on concentration and learning; when children are too hot or too cold, they can’t concentrate and may resist participating in activities.
 
 
 
NATURAL PLAY SPACE MATTERS: There is growing interest in natural outdoor play spaces for children.  Some of it was started by Richard Louv’s book, , published in 2005. He coined the term “nature deficit disorder” – a phrase that resonated with parents and educators across the country.  Click Here for more Natural Play information.
 
 
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