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  • Our vision is of a welcoming community for families and professionals that provides comprehensive resources and support for the healthy growth and development of our children.

Our Mission

  • The Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) is dedicated to promoting and supporting the healthy growth and development of young children prenatal through age 8 by strengthening families and advocating for high quality learning experiences. 

    The Alliance fulfills its mission by ensuring access to:

    • Early learning experiences for children prenatal through age 8
    • School Readiness
    • Early Childhood Resources and Information
    • Family Support and Education
    • Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
    • Community Advocacy of Early Childhood Issues 
    • Transition supports from home to school, early intervention, preschool, kindergarten, special education, and out-of -school time
    • Leadership Opportunities

VIRTUAL PLAY, LEARN, AND GROW TOGETHER PROGRAMS

  • HOME VISITING IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD!

    Home Visiting in the Virtual World

     

    Did you know about our other menu items?

    • The ParentChild+ Home Visitation Program is for eligible families who have children between
      the ages of 18 and 36 months and may not be ready to share in a group experience. 
      To learn more about this program, contact us at 508-782-6932. 
    • Ages and Stages Parent Questionairre - an opportunity to learn more about your child's overall development.
      Contact us for more information.
    • Need a resource or referral, just call or e-mail us and we can try to assist you or contact MASS 211.

    For more activities, go to the Brain Building in Progress website to find out about more statewide programs.

    Another great resource to explore is the Resources for Early Learning website?  Great brain building ideas for families and educators alike. Go to www.resourcesforearlylearning.org

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Brain Building In Progress

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Our History

  • The Family and Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is a program initiative to encourage the early childhood community to build collaboration and to streamline programs that naturally work well together.   

    In 1993, the Community Partnership for Children (CPC) council was established. Through this partnership, the roots were formed in addressing the mission of providing leadership at the local level to promote quality early learning experiences for young children and their families. Through the CFCE EEC grant funding received in 2015, the ECAF assisted the MetroWest YMCA in establishing another CFCE Site in Ashland. In July 2017, that program was since expanded to Holliston and Hopkinton and is known as Project ABC

    Collaborating partners include: the Framingham Public Schools, early childhood program providers and educators, community agencies, advocacy organizations and families.

Framingham Public Schools Preschool Screening Information

  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Special Education Department at 508-626-9123. If your child is offered or receives special education services, review this Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Flowchart to help you understand the process and service.  

    PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN SUMMER PROGRAM SURVEY (only for families currently NOT in preschool program)
    If your child is entering Kindergarten in the Fall and is NOT in a preschool or early education program outside the home, and you are interested in a possible pre-kindergarten experience prior to entering school that will provide school readiness opportunities, please complete the survey below.

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    ECAF offers a weekly virtual "Let's Go to Kindergarten" parent-child group. This group is designed to prepare you and your child for kindergarten with a curriculum focused on school readiness skills.  For more information: 508-782-6932 or jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us.

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