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Early Years Project

The Early Years Project supports children, infants through age six, and their families by working with the early childhood communities that care for them. We work with directors, teachers, and providers to create a welcoming environment for all children and families.

How We Work

Our child development specialists partner with teachers, providers, and parents in child care settings. Using a strengths-based approach, together we explore:

  • Ways of thinking about and working effectively with all children and their families
  • Strategies to build on strengths and address concerns about individual children and the group of children
  • Changes in teaching practices, routines, and the environment to┬ápromote wellbeing and foster healthy development and learning
  • Curriculum to support individual and whole group social-emotional development
  • Our specialists also speak Spanish and Haitian Creole

What We Do

  • Observe children and the childcare environment
  • Meet with staff and families
  • Provide resources and referrals for specialized services when needed
  • Provide resources including, reports, articles, curriculum activities, books, and other supportive materials
  • Support directors in working with staff, children, and their families

The Early Years Project is a collaboration that includes Riverside Community Care, City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership.

Early Years Project services are offered free of charge to any childcare center or family childcare provider within the city of Cambridge.