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For more information
please contact:

Bess Emanuel, M.S.
Regional Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
(617) 565-1721

Ruth-Ann Rasbold, M.S.
Consortium Manager
(617) 413-9923

Head Start

Early Childhood Education

Our highly trained early childhood specialists provide assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut around issues of school readiness, family engagement, collaboration, and the provision of training and career development needs of staff.

Some of the ways we work with programs in the area of Early Childhood Education include assisting them to:

• Select and implement ongoing child assessment processes that are appropriate to the population(s) served and are inclusive of each of the principles contained in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
• Develop procedures necessary to analyze data obtained through the ongoing child assessment process and to use that data to inform teaching strategies, curriculum implementation, progress reports for parents, and staff development and training, as well as overall program planning.
• Select and implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curricula based on the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
• Develop and implement effective mentoring and coaching strategies designed to improve teacher performance, classroom quality, outcomes for children, strategies to engage families in their children’s education, and successful home-school partnerships;

Grantee Technical Assistance

At the direction of the Region I, Office of Head Start, our Grantee Specialists assist Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees with program and management deficiencies identified through the federal monitoring process, Risk Management meetings, or the Program Information Report. Grantee Specialists also work proactively with new grantees, programs with new directors or significant management changes, or programs with other concerns identified through regional data.

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