CAYL Institute Early Educator Fellowship Initiative

The CAYL Institute invites you to apply for a statewide Fellowship that will provide you with intensive leadership development, working partnerships and a strong shared knowledge with other early educators.


 As a CAYL Institute Fellow in The Early Educator Fellowship Initiative, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear and learn from national speakers
  • Network with other educators from across Massachusetts
  • Work with a team of educators from your community
  • Focus on goals and strategies that are meaningful to you in your work setting


 You will spend three Saturdays focusing in depth on three important questions:

  1. How can my community have a strong birth through grade three continuum of supports for young learners?
  2. How can we as early educators promote interest, skill and knowledge about STEM?
  3. A third area of focus will be determined based on the interests of the EEFI Fellows

More than topical meetings, as a Fellow, you will become part of a statewide learning community with access to national experts and state leaders.


 EEFI is an outstanding opportunity to participate in a very high quality and substantive learning community.  All EEFI programs and materials will be offered at no cost to you through a competitive application process based on the following criteria.  You are eligible to become an EEFI Fellow if you:

  • Lead or administer programs for young children from birth to age eight in any setting
  • Commit to attend three Saturday sessions from 9am-3pm on March 3, 2012, April 28, 2012, and June 2, 2012
  • Apply with and work with a team of 3 to 5 individuals from your community.
    • Teams must represent at least three of the following program types: Public Elementary School, Head Start, Family Child Care, Center-Based Child Care, home visiting, early interventions, etc.
    • All team members must be willing to participate in EEC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). CAYL will assist you in registering prior to participating if you are not already registered.
    • Teams will produce a brief community action plan by the end of June.
  • Want to learn a lot, meet new people and change Massachusetts for the betterment of children!


    Individuals must apply online and enroll as part of a team from the town or city in which the programs are located. Teams should submit only one application and all applications must be submitted electronically. Teams must represent at least three of the following program types: Public Elementary School, Head Start, Family Child Care, and Center-Based Child Care. Teams can hold up to 5 members.

    The deadline for the Fellowship application is November 21, 2011. Click here to apply.


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