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CAYL is involved in the Together For Quality initiative, a collaboration with EEC and two of the state’s leading early education and OST organizations: Wheelock College, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV). The main goal of T4Qis to support and strengthen the capacity of early education and OST program leaders to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements that propel them forward in the state’s QRIS and to enhance the quality of diverse children’s programs across the Commonwealth. Programs benefiting from this initiative will include: child care centers, out-of-school time (OST) and school-age child care programs, family child care homes, public preschool programs, private schools, preschool and kindergarten programs, and Head Start programs.

CAYL is holding mandatory trainings for programs with an intent to bid on the QRIS RFP. The trainings will offer insight and best practices for advancing a program’s quality on the QRIS system and offer an opportunity for reflective practice and for participating programs to have time to engage in planning between sessions. Work completed in both days, and in the reflective assessments between the sessions, will result in long and short-term goals for QRIS advancement.

CCR&R Study Circle Site Visits Completed

During the months of January and February in 2011, CAYL’s CCR&R Field Staff spent time visiting each of the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies throughout the state of Massachusetts. Six Field Staff members, along with Liana Mitman and consultants Margaret Leitch Copeland and Marta Rosa, visited eleven different agencies to interview staff members about their history, their present state of affairs, and their vision for the future of CCR&Rs in Massachusetts. In March the Field Staff and Advisors from the Study Circle will gather to discuss and synthesize this information; a final report will be written and presented to Commissioner Sheri Killins in May.