Early Education and Care plans regional meetings

EEC Commissioner Ann Reale and agency staff will use the meetings to explain "the agency's new structure, mission and goals" and "planning projects underway to build a new system of high-quality early education and care."

Western Massachusetts
Chicopee Public Library
449 Front Street
Monday, November 14
1 - 3 p.m.

Metro Boston
Thomas Crane Quincy Public Library
40 Washington Street, Quincy
Monday, November 28
6 - 8 p.m.
617-472-2881 x623

Southeastern Massachusetts
Taunton State Hospital
Recreation Building
60 Hodges Avenue
Wednesday, December 7
12 - 2 p.m.
508-828-5025 x570

Central Massachusetts
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Saxe Room
Wednesday, December 7
5:30-7:30 p.m.
508-798-5180 x203

Northeastern Massachusetts
Peter Torigian Community Life Center
79 Central Street, Peabody
Thursday, December 8
6 - 8 p.m.
978-740-3060 x317

Roxbury Community College
Reggie Lewis Center
1234 Columbus Avenue
Wednesday, December 21
9:30-11:30 a.m.
617-472-2881 x623

RSVPs and requests for information should be directed to the regional contact listed above.

EEC combines the functions of the former Office of Child Care Services (OCCS) with those of the former Early Learning Services Division at the Department of Education. EEC is responsible for all licensing of early education and care programs, providing financial assistance for child care services to low-income families, information and referral services, parenting support for all families, and providing professional development opportunities for staff in the early education and care field, according to the agency's Web site.