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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.


Early Education and Care:

New Approaches to Family Engagement and Funding in Western MA

A Virtual Convening and Panel Discussion
for Early Childhood Educators, Childcare Providers, School Administrators

and Teacher Candidates

Saturday, April 2, 2022
10:00am - 12:30pm

Sponsored by

The Urban League of Springfield, Inc.


The Collaborative for Educational Services

Mount Holyoke College

Westfield State University

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Karen Mapp

Senior Lecturer on Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education


Eric Lesser

MA State Senator

David Cruise

Board Member, MA Dept. of Early Childhood and Elementary Education (DEEC)

Desiree Lalbeharie-Josias

Director of Early Childhood, CES

Marcela Simpson

Early Childhood Educator/Trainer

Convening and Panel Discussion Zoom Recording and Links to Materials

Now More Than Ever:  
Family Engagement is Essential for Student and School Success

Karen L. Mapp
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Investments

Massachusetts Future of Work Report

What Educators Had to Say About Our Last Webinar
Natural Loose Parts: Enriching Outdoor & Indoor Creative Play
with Janna Aldrich, M.Ed.

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"There were so many lovely examples of classroom projects and how to use the loose parts." 


Wendy Gonsenhauser, M.A.

Assistant Director

Wellesley College Child Study Center

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“... a great way to learn about the benefits of including natural loose parts within a teacher’s curriculum ... I learned so much!”


Laura Montigny

Undergraduate Student at Mount Holyoke College

Elementary Teacher Licensure Candidate

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“Thank you for creating this wonderful three-part webinar series...that demonstrates excellence in practice.  ” 


Karen Brackett

Director, Skidmore Early Childhood Center, 1982-2010

Emeriti, Lecturer, Education Studies Department

Skidmore College

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