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EEOST Capital Fund Program

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has scheduled three informational meetings about the application process for FY16 of its Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund Program. Application materials are now posted online.

EEC will be awarding funds for major capital facilities projects, through a competitive grant process, to large group child care programs, including out-of-school time programs, that are run by non-profit entities or by an entity where the major interest is a non-profit.

Informational sessions will be held October 21st in Boston and October 28th in Worcester and Springfield. Please read through application materials and come to an information session if you plan to apply. Presentations at the informational sessions will include an overview of the Program Guidelines and Application process, including the new requirement for a Pre-Application. There will be a question and answer period as well as a review of the grant application timetable.

Applicants will be required to submit a pre-application by Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and qualified applicants will be invited to submit a full application in January 2016.

Wednesday, October 21st
2:00pm - 4:00pm
EEC Central Office
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
RSVP by October 19, 2015

Wednesday, October 28th
10:00am - 12:00pm
EEC Central MA Regional Office
10 Austin Street
Worcester, MA 01609
RSVP by October 26, 2015

Wednesday, October 28th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
EEC Western MA Regional Office
1441 Main Street, Suite 230
Springfield, MA 01103
RSVP by October 26, 2015

If you plan to attend on either date, please RSVP to Denise.Karlin2@MassMail.state.ma.us.

For more information on EEOST, application materials, and how to apply, click here.


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Report

"Why are we sending children to pre-K programs in converted salons, bars and turkey coops?"
August 5, 2015 - Amy Gillman, LISC national program director

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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