Advocacy for
Early Childhood


The Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MAECTE) is a professional voice of Early Childhood Educator preparation. The organization is committed to supporting and promoting the preparation, professionalism and continued education of all Early Childhood Educators. We work collaboratively to enhance the educational experience of Early Childhood Educators, young children and families within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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What We Do

MAECTE provides vision, leadership, resources, policy initiatives and professional development opportunities to support the needs of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. MAECTE members work to strengthen the preparation of Early Childhood Educators through strong relationship building and advocacy with a variety of stakeholders including professors and administrators within their home institutions, PK-12 educators and other leaders, caregivers and community members.

Upcoming Events

Natural Loose Parts

Enriching Outdoor & Indoor Creative Play

Three Part Zoom Series

With Janna Aldrich, M.Ed.

Natural Loose Parts give children the freedom to utilize objects and materials from nature, allowing the focus of the experience to be on the process rather than the product. They create endless possibilities and invite discovery and creativity. Details and registration below.

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February 1st 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Ideas for incorporating loose parts using natural materials in creative outdoor play as part of an integrated curriculum. Organization and safety considerations for outdoor play spaces will be examined.

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February 8th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Ideas for incorporating loose parts using natural materials to facilitate creative indoor play as part of an integrated curriculum. Also included are suggestions for sources, organization and cleaning of materials, as well as nature-based children's books.

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February 15th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Goals and benefits of incorporating natural loose parts for various age, ability, and developmental levels -- including infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age (K-3), as well as the use of reflective practice and documentation.


Registration for this three part Zoom series is provided free of charge. To Register please complete the information below and hit the Submit button. The Zoom link will be emailed to you before the series begins. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

We welcome your participation!

Thanks for joining us!