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EPS Region 6 Event Calendar

The Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Grant will be ending June 30, 2019.

The information included on this webpage may no longer be available after June 30, 2019.
For information on state funded professional development opportunities please visit EEC’s website

Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative Learning Collaborative
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Build Your Skills, Share Your Knowledge
Jun 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with other early educators, after school staff, and/or family child care providers? Most trainers were first educators working in classrooms, began to share their knowledge with their program, and then began to train around the community. Join us at this FREE 2 hour workshop to discover how YOU can become a dynamic trainer.

Instructor: Jody Figuerido, President of IEPD

This course is full. Please sign up for the waitlist here.

Following the workshop, EPS Region 6 will serve dinner and host a EPS Celebration, 5pm-7pm! We hope you can stay for that event as well.

EPS Celebration
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the EPS Region 6 Team to celebrate 9 years of serving the Region 6 Community!

The EPS Grant is ending on June 30, 2019, and we are going to celebrate 9 wonderful years of serving the Region 6 Community.

Join us for an evening of:

  • Dinner
  • Networking with other educators, directors, and providers
  • Lots of giveaways (a light table! Eric Carle decorations!)
  • EPS Swag (pens! backpacks!)
  • Information about upcoming training supports from EEC
  • A free training resource guide created by the EPS Team
  • Selfie station fun

We hope you can join us! RSVP for this free event here.

EEC Event: StrongStart Professional Development System Launch Training
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

**This is an EEC Sponsored event. The EPS Region 6 Team has no additional information**

Please read below for more information about the StrongStart Professional Development System. EEC is hosting a training on the new system on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at Bunker Hill Community College, Room B208.

New Online Professional Development System Now Available
How to Create an Account and Take Required Training
– Important Information for Group and School Age Child Care Programs –
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is pleased to announce that the StrongStart Online Professional Development System is available!  Staff in EEC-licensed Group and School Age Child Care programs can now create an account to use this system and to take courses, including new EEC Essentials training.

The EEC Essentials training is a new federal requirement designed to increase the knowledge of staff in child care programs and it includes 12 modules on child development, health and safety topics. Staff who work directly with children and are included in program licensing ratios must take all 12 training modules by September 30, 2019.  

EEC will review programs’ compliance with the EEC Essentials training requirement during licensing activities.  Please read the EEC Essentials Training Requirements Policy for more information on who the training applies to and how program compliance will be monitored.

The EEC Essentials training modules are currently free of charge. To access the training, staff need to create an account in the StrongStart Online Professional Development SystemThere is no cost to do so. Please read below for information on how to get started.

How to Log Into the StrongStart Professional Development System
Follow these steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Click the Login button in the upper left corner
  3. On the login page, click Register Now!
  4. Read and sign the Release Statement
  5. Complete the Account Details form*
  6. Click Register

*Users need their EEC Professional Qualification Registry (PQR) number for this step.
Watch this video on how to look up a PQR number.

How to Access the EEC Essentials Training Modules
After creating an account and logging in:
  1. Click Course Catalog on the left-hand side of the screen
  2. On the Course Catalog page, click EEC Essentials
  3. Click the green Get Item button to enroll, then click Finish
  4. Click EEC Essentials on the Dashboard and the list of modules will appear
Helpful Information for Programs
EEC will hold in-person technical assistance sessions and online webinars to help staff use the StrongStart Online Professional Development System. View the scheduleon EEC’s website. If you are unable to attend and have questions or need help, please view answers to frequently asked questions, or contact 617-988-6600 to speak with a member of EEC’s support team.