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ED223 Administering Programs for Children (Online) – Fisher College
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm


This is an online course designed for students who have had experience in children’s programs and who seek to become Director qualified. The course will focus on the management functions within children’s programs. Included will be financial planning, record keeping, health, safety, and licensing requirements, organizational procedures and policies, and quality programming issues. Community resources as they relate to children and families will be explored. National and State standards and regulations will be examined. 3 College Credit Hours.

This course meets category 13, Child Care Administration, requirements for EEC Certifications. If you have questions about certification requirements please contact us at

This is a fully online course which is completed in Blackboard. Prior to July 2nd you will receive a username/password for Blackboard, and once the course begins, you will have access to the syllabus, announcements, assignments, tests/quizzes, etc. There will be a weekly module/folder for each week of the course which indicates what is due that week. There are no specific times you have to log in to do the work, except for 4 scheduled, live, 1-hour Collaborate sessions. If you are unable to attend the live session, you can watch the recording and write a summary for full credit.

COURSE SCHEDULE: This class begins 7/2/18 and ends 8/25/18.

This course is full. 

*Space is limited and educators who are working towards EEC certification and live or work in Region 6 will be prioritized*

Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree Cohort at Fisher College, 2018-2019 Information Session
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you considering working towards your Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education? Join us at the information session for the EPS Early Childhood Education Associate’s Cohort 2018-2019 through a collaboration between EPS Region 6 and Fisher College. At the information session you will:

  • Learn more about the EPS Early Childhood Education Associate’s Cohort (2018-2019) and how to apply for a spot in the cohort
  • Receive career and college advising support from EPS and Fisher personnel
  • Have a chance to take home prize drawings!
  • Learn about other professional development opportunities available through EPS this year
  • Receive information from Fisher College about their various Early Childhood Education programs, including non-degree certificates and Associate’s degree in ECE
More information about the cohort – visit this website

Cohort members will:

  • Be enrolled in up to five 3 credit college courses at Fisher College in the 2018-2019 school year. These courses include: ED204 Strategies for Children’s Behavior, ED205 Children with Special Needs,  ED120 Infant/Toddler Curriculum OR ED121 Preschool Curriculum, ED116 Health Safety and Nutrition, and ED223 Administering Programs for Children
    -Each course will take place Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-9:00pm at Fisher College in downtown Boston
    -Courses are all hybrid/blended which means classes meet once a week face to face and half the coursework is done online in Blackboard
    -Each course will be 8 weeks long and the first course starts in September
  • Receive support from EPS and Fisher College personnel to complete application for Associate’s degree before the 2019-2020 school year
  • Receive support from EPS and Fisher College personnel to apply for available financial aid

Requirements to Be Eligible for the Cohort:

-Have previously taken and passed Child Growth and Development (at an accredited college or university)
-Worked in the field for at least 6 months
-Have a PQR number and currently working in a licensed/licensed-exempt program
-Priority will be given to educators who live or work in Region 6

Total cost for the cohort: $50 per course plus cost of textbooks

Frequently Asked Questions
* What language are the courses in?: English
* What if I have already taken some of the courses offered through the cohort?: That’s okay! Everyone is encouraged to apply
* Can I transfer college credits that I’ve already taken towards the Associate’s Degree?: Yes, you can transfer up to 30 credits towards the Associate’s Degree at Fisher College with review of coursework and approval by the College
* What if I am currently taking Child Growth and Development?: You should still apply if you will complete the course by September 2018.
* When will applications open?: At the information session on Thursday, August 16 and will go live on our website on Friday, August 17, 2018.

Associate’s Degree Cohort Kick Off
Aug 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This Kick Off Meeting is for accepted cohort members. If you are interested in applying for the Associate’s Degree Cohort, you must fill out an application and complete an Individual Professional Development Plan. For additional information visit this link.

All applications and IPDPs are due Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and you will be notified if you have been accepted as part of the cohort by Friday, August 24, 2018.

The application deadline has passed.

For more information about the cohort, visit this website.

ED204 Strategies for Children’s Behavior at Fisher College
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Course Description:
This course will examine instructional strategies and developmental theory of how children’s self image and self control are developed through individual and small-group interactions. Course material is drawn from developmental and learning theories for infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Observations are an important learning tool for this course.
(This course meets category 4, Child and Classroom Management, requirements for EEC Certifications. If you have questions or are looking for support to develop an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) please contact us at

Instructor: Jessica Geilfuss

Schedule: This is an 8 week blended/hybrid course. It meets once a week and part of the work is done online.
Class starts on Tuesday, September 4th and ends on October 27, 2018.
Class meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm

This course is a part of the Early Childhood Education Associate’s Cohort. For more information about the cohort, please sign up for the information session or request more information about the cohort here.

The application has closed.

ECE104S Crecimiento y Desarrollo del Nino / Child Growth and Development in Spanish
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ECE-104 Crecimiento y Desarrollo Del Niño (Child Growth and Development) (en Español)

Solicitud para la clase
La solicitud para esta clase se cierra el día Martes 4 de Septiembre

Descripción del curso: Este curso examina el desarrollo cognitivo, emocional, social y físico de los niños desde el nacimiento hasta los ocho años de edad. Se discutirán las teorías del desarrollo infantil así como las investigaciones empíricas relacionadas con cada área de desarrollo. Se pondrá énfasis en las características de los entornos saludables que promuevan un desarrollo óptimo del niño.

Esta clase cubre la categoria 1,CRECIMIENTO Y DESARROLLO INFANTIL, DESDE EL NACIMIENTO HASTA LOS OCHO AÑOS DE EDAD requisito para la certificación de EEC. Si tiene preguntas o necesita apoyo para desarrollar un Plan Individual de Desarrollo Professional (PIDP) por favor pongase en contacto con nosotros

Course Description: This course examines the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of children from birth to eight years of age. Child development theories as well as empirical research relating to each area of development will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics of healthy environments that promote optimal child development.

Horario: Este es un curso universitario de 3 créditos que tendrá lugar en Urban College los lunes de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm, del 10 de septiembre del 2018 al 17 de deciembre del 2018. (No hay clase el día 10/8/18)

Schedule: This is a 3-credit college course taking place at Urban College on Mondays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10, 2018 through December 17, 2018. There is no class on Monday 10/8.

Solicitud para la clase
La solicitud para esta clase se cierra el día Martes 4 de Septiembre

Child Development Associate (CDA) – en Español
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Información sobre el Credencial del Child Development Associate (CDA)

El credencial del Asociado al Desarrollo Infantil (CDA) es el credencial más reconocido en la educación temprana (ECE) y es la clave para tomar un paso adelante en el camino de avanzar tu carrera en la educación temprana. El credencial de CDA es basado en estandares, el cual guian a los profesionales mientras alcanzan tener las calificaciones de ser educadores de temprana edad. El concilio se asegura de que el CDA sea transferible nacionalmente y que sea un credencial creible, valido, y reconocido por la profesión como una parte vital del desarrollo profesional.

Aprete aqui para visitar la pagina de Internet del Concilio

Sobre las clases de CDA que ofreceremos en Urban College

El CDA de Urban College incluye dos clases:

  • ECE119 Introducción al CDA, Sabados, 9:00am-1:00pm, Septiembre 15, 2018 – Diciembre 15, 2018 – Como parte del proceso nacional de credenciales del CDA, este curso ha sido diseñado para ayudar a los educadores que trabajan en las comunidades del lenguaje español o mandarin a familiarizarse con los asuntos relacionados con el cuidado de niños desde el nacimiento hasta los seis años de edad. El material de este curso revisa las normas profesionales generales, las prácticas apropiadas, normas de ética en el cuidado infantil, las regulaciones legales y explora el valor de la autoevaluación, la colaboración y la preparación adecuada de las lecciones. En preparación para trabajar en el CDA, los maestros que participan en este curso, estudiarán el crecimiento y desarrollo del niño y se les guiará en
    técnicas para planear y promover un ambiente seguro y sano, que permita a los niños adquirir un desarrollo físico e intelectual, apoyando a la vez su desarrollo socio emocional positivamente y el desarrollo de estrategias para establecer relaciones productivas con las familias y la metodología
    adecuada para mantener un programa efectivo. 
  • ECE120 Desarrollo del Portafolio Profesional de CDA, Sabados, 9:00am-1:00pm, Primavera 2019 – Como parte del proceso de la acreditación nacional del CDA, este curso preparará a los educadores de educación temprana a identificar los recursos locales y a través de este proceso podrán documentar su eficacia desarrollando un Portafolio de Recursos del CDA. Este se compone de un conjunto de materiales diseñados que complementan y proveen información sobre las prácticas profesionales de un educador de enseñanza temprana y a la vez provee un resumen de los valores de cada educador respecto a su trabajo. También sirve como un recurso valioso para los educadores definiendo y articulando sus
    propios puntos de vista de su trabajo en su área. El mayor enfoque de este curso será dedicado a las trece áreas de funcionamiento especificadas en el CDA, alineadas y comparadas con las normas de desarrollo apropiadas en el desarrollo y la educación infantil. Los estudiantes aprenderán y practicarán
    el proceso de entrevistas y utilizarán estrategias importantes al tomar exámenes.

Los participantes tambien recibiran un entrenamiento de “Tech Goes Home” en algunas de las clases los Sabados. Estas clases repasaran las destrezas de computadora y todos los participantes recibiran una computadora sin costo adicional.

Los participantes recibiran 9 creditos universitarios al completar las clases de CDA.

Costo: $100 (total de dos clases)


  • Todos los participantes TIENEN que haber tomado y pasado Child Growth and Development (Desarrollo del Nino) de una universidad acreditada.
  • El educador debe estar trabajando en un programa de EEC con licencia.

La Region 6 dara preferecia a educadores que viven o trabajan en la Region 6.

Como solicitar

Llene la solicitud en linea antes de Miercoles 5 de Septiembre.

Looking for information about the Mandarin CDA? Visit this webpage.


Pongase en contacto con el equipo de la Region 6 or 617-348-6314

Child Development Associate (CDA) – in Mandarin
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

About The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

Click here to visit the Council for Professional Recognition Website

About the 2018-2019 CDA offered through EPS and Urban College

The CDA through Urban College includes two college courses:

  • ECE119 Introduction to CDA, Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm, September 15, 2018 – December 15, 2018
  • ECE120 Professional CDA Resource File Development, Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm, Spring 2019

Participants will also receive training from Tech Goes Home at some of the Saturday classes. These trainings will review computer skills and all participants will receive a laptop, free of charge.

Participants will receive 9 college credits when they complete the CDA courses.

Cost: $50


  • All participants MUST have taken and passed Child Growth and Development (from any accredited college or university)
  • Educator must be currently working in an EEC licensed or licensed exempt program
    Educators who live or work in Region 6 will be given priority

How to apply

Fill out an online application by Wednesday, September 5th.

Looking for the CDA course in Spanish? Visit this webpage.


Reach out to the EPS Region 6 Team at or 617-348-6314

ECE 114 Curriculum Development for Infants and Toddlers (MANDARIN) at Urban College
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

**This course is in Mandarin**

Course Description:
This course covers curriculum development for infants and toddlers, including the planning of appropriate learning experiences, the creation of learning environments and the utilization of various methods of stimulation development. Educational materials and curriculum packages are evaluated in context of current programs and research. The caregiver’s role is studied, as are the requirements for establishing a new center, early intervention strategies and designing and integrating health and safety procedures into the daily program. (This course meets category 7, Infant and Toddler Development, Care, and Program Planning, requirements for EEC Certifications. If you have questions or are looking for support to develop an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) please contact us at




The application deadline has passed

Instructor: TBD

Schedule: This is a 3 credit college course that takes place at Urban College on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Class takes place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 15
  • Saturday, September 22
  • Saturday, September 29
  • Saturday, October 13
  • Saturday, October 20
  • Saturday, October 27
  • Saturday, November 3
  • Saturday, November 10
  • Saturday, November 17
  • Saturday, December 1
  • Saturday, December 8

Applications closed on Monday, August 27, 2018

ECE 114S Desarrollo del Curriculo para Infantes Y Niños en Urban College
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Descripción del curso:
Éste curso abarca el desarrollo del currículo para infantes y niños, incluyendo la planificación de experiencias apropiadas a traves del aprendizaje, la creación de ambientes de aprendizaje y la utilización de varios métodos para estimular el desarrollo. Materiales educativos de currículo serán evaluados de acuerdo con el contexto de los programas de investigación corriente. La posición del maestro será examinada, tal como se requiere para establecer un centro nuevo, con estrategias de intervención temprana y el diseño, la integración de la salud y los procedimientos dentro del programa diario. Éste curso se ofrece en español.
Esta clase cubre la categoria 7, Desarrollo de Infantes y Párvulos, Cuido, y Planear el Programa requisito para la certificación de EEC. Si tiene preguntas o necesita apoyo para desarrollar un Plan Individual de Desarrollo Professional (PIDP) por favor pongase en contacto con nosotros

Instructor: TBD

Horario: Este es un curso universitario de 3 créditos que tendrá lugar en Urban College los sábados de 9:00 am a 1:00 pm, del 15 de septiembre del 2018 al 9 de diciembre del 2018.

  • sábado, 15 de septiembre
  • sábado, 22 de septiembre
  • sábado, 29 de septiembre
  • sábado, 13 de octubre
  • sábado, 20 de octubre
  • sábado, 27 de octubre
  • sábado, 3 de noviembre
  • sábado, 10 de noviembre
  • sábado, 17 de noviembre
  • sábado, 1 de diciembre
  • sábado, 8 de diciembre

La aplicación se ha cerrado

Study Smarter Not Harder – Study Skills PLC
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Good study skills are essential for learning and succeeding in school. This PLC is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness to “study smarter and not harder or longer.” Some topics will include: time management, concentration, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies and others. Come to all sessions to improve your skills or come to just what you need. Participants will receive EEC training hours for each session attended.
Instructor: Vanessa Reiss-Vaughn, EPS Region 6 Lead Coach and Early Childhood Education Adjunct Professor

Session 1: How to Improve Your Study Skills, 2 hours, Monday, 10/15/18, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Session 2: Notetaking, 1.5 hours, Monday, 11/19/18, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Session 3: Test Taking, 1.5 hours, Monday, 12/10/18, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Register for the PLC here; come to all sessions to improve your skills or come to just what you need.