What We Do

The Massachusetts StrongStart Professional Development System provides professional development and learning, and program development and quality improvement training for the state’s 9,000 licensed early care and education programs and 70,000 early educators. Services are delivered through five Professional Development Centers located in the Western, Central, Northeast, Southeast, and Metro Boston regions of the state. The Professional Development Centers are administered by the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Services available to educators working in family child care, center-based child care, and out-of-school time programs include:

Professional Development and Learning

Training and technical assistance is provided in alignment with the knowledge needed to achieve licensing compliance and quality standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and its Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Areas of training include health and safety, inclusion, trauma-informed care, behavioral health, program quality improvement, leadership, business and management, instructional practices, and other topics based on regional needs and interests. Programs are available for early educators at every level of their career, and all programs are designed and delivered by people with deep experience in the field.

Leadership Development and Coaching

In late 2020, a statewide leadership coaching program, available through the PDCs, will support program leaders with creating cultures of continuous learning and improvement in their organizations and establishing professional development opportunities in the workplace that strengthen teaching quality and children’s learning. 

Online Professional Development Programs

Please visit this page on the EEC website for the StrongStart Online Professional Development System, including the required EEC Essentials Training.