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Advocacy Spotlight: Put Massachusetts Kids First Coalition

Put Massachusetts Kids First is a broad-based coalition of more than two dozen organizations across the Commonwealth, including Wheelock College, focused on improving outcomes for children by stabilizing and strengthening the workforce that engages with young children who can most benefit from qualified educators.

The efforts of Put MA Kids First are focused on advocating for high quality early education and out-of-school time programs for the children of the Commonwealth.

Since 2001, state funding for community-based early education and care and out-of-school time has not kept pace with inflation, resulting in a reduction of more than $100 million – a 50% decrease in the state’s commitment to its youngest scholars.  Strengthening community-based early education and care should be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s long-term plan to invest in human capital to support growth and quality goals.

To find out more about the coalition: http://www.putmakidsfirst.org/

Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training offered in Holyoke

In collaboration with the Department of Early Education and Care, through its Race to the Top Early Challenge Learning Grant, the Department of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to participate in the latest CSEFEL Pyramid Model offering, the Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training.

What is TOPS?

The Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training is a 16-hour professional development experience including 12 hours of training time, and 4 hours of field experience exercises. This course covers the best practice use of the Pyramid Model Approach (CSEFEL) to Positive Behavior Support as an intensive intervention to address challenging behavior in young children.

This training offers continuing education units for educators, licensed mental health clinicians, and social workers.

When and where is it happening?

Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00pm

Session 1: 05/11/2015
Session 2: 05/18/2015
Session 3: 06/01/2015
Session 4: 06/08/2015
Session 5: 06/15/2015
Session 6: 06/22/2015
The Mount Tom Center for Mental Health and Recovery
40 Bobala Road
Holyoke, MA 01040

Who should attend?

The Foundations of the CSEFEL Pyramid Model course is a prerequisite.

Because the development of early childhood positive behavior plans is a team approach we strongly encourage you to attend this training with other members of your program staff who have completed the Foundations course.

How much does it cost?

This training is being offered at no cost to participants with support from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s Race to the Top Early Challenge Learning Grant, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. This course was created through support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) PROJECT LAUNCH and MYCHILD grants.

How do I register?

Use the following link to register: http://connectedbeginnings.tfaforms.net/74

Registration is open until May 6, 2015 and space is limited.

 

Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training offered in Worcester

In collaboration with the Department of Early Education and Care, through its Race to the Top Early Challenge Learning Grant, the Department of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to participate in the latest CSEFEL Pyramid Model offering, the Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training.

What is TOPS?

The Top of the Pyramid Skills (TOPS) training is a 16-hour professional development experience including 12 hours of training time, and 4 hours of field experience exercises. This course covers the best practice use of the Pyramid Model Approach (CSEFEL) to Positive Behavior Support as an intensive intervention to address challenging behavior in young children.

This training offers continuing education units for educators, licensed mental health clinicians, and social workers.

When and where is it happening?

Wednesday evenings, 5:45-7:45 pm

Session 1: 05/06/15
Session 2: 05/13/15
Session 3: 05/20/15
Session 4: 06/03/15
Session 5: 06/10/15
Session 6: 06/17/15

Community Healthlink Youth and Family Services
275 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Who should attend?

The Foundations of the CSEFEL Pyramid Model course is a prerequisite.

Because the development of early childhood positive behavior plans is a team approach we strongly encourage you to attend this training with other members of your program staff who have completed the Foundations course.

How much does it cost?

This training is being offered at no cost to participants with support from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s Race to the Top Early Challenge Learning Grant, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. This course was created through support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) PROJECT LAUNCH and MYCHILD grants.

How do I register?

Use the following link to register: http://connectedbeginnings.tfaforms.net/73

Registration is open until May 1, 2015 and space is limited.

Past News

  1. Foundations of the CSEFEL Pyramid Model Course to be offered in Spanish
  2. President Obama’s Child Care Proposal