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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

Early Childhood Development

“We are delighted with our nationally recognized and utilized UMass Donahue Institute Head Start Quality Initiative with its visionary leadership, creative thinking, and high performance, all focused on ensuring children and families receive high quality Head Start services.”

Hugh Galligan, Former Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families

Interested in providing early childhood training and technical assistance with the UMass Donahue Institute? E-mail Bess Emanuel at or Ruth-Ann Rasbold at .


We are an interdisciplinary team of professionals in the broad field of early childhood development, offering clients technical assistance and administrative, management, and financial support.

Our technical assistance capabilities include providing individualized and customized on-site support; conducting cluster technical assistance sessions that bring together multiple programs with a common need; and developing resources, tools, and other materials to support early childhood programs. 

Technical assistance helps programs build capacity within the program’s own agencies and communities to address needs and strengthen services for children and families.

Technical assistance involves teaching people something actionable and leads to the development of new skills. Specifically, TA may involve sharing:

  • Research
  • Best practices
  • Resources
  • Multiple strategies and approaches
  • Possible outcomes of these approaches/strategies

We currently hold a contract with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families under which we provide early childhood education training to the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, and technical assistance to all six New England states. 


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