Welcome to the NEFWC Provider Information Page

How YOU can use New England Farm Workers' Council Child Care Resources & Referral Services

  • Free Advertising:  We connect parents to you by giving them a profile of accurate information about your program.  (That's why we're always calling you for updates and we appreciate it when you call us with any changes!)
  • Technical Assistance and Training Resources:  We'll give you information and resources on a variety of subjects like child development, business issues, voucher and subsidy management, training opportunities, special needs, and community resources. We are here to support you in maintaining a successful career as a quality child care provider! Just call us and ask!
  • Voucher and Subsidy Utilization:  Licensed and licensed exempt providers and programs may choose to sign up with NEFWC to accept child care vouchers.

How Can a Licensed Provider Get Voucher Referrals?
Licensed providers must sign a Voucher Provider Agreement and have an approved literacy curriculum established before voucher day care clients can be placed in care. Please call Loida Ortiz at 413-272-2303 if you are a licensed provider.  She will send you the necessary paperwork. Also, let her know if you have a voucher-eligible parent who wants to use your services and she will expedite the contracting process.
How Does an Unlicensed Provider Get Paid for Voucher Day Care?
All unlicensed providers need to register with New England Farm Workers’ Council and attend a new provider orientation. A non-relative in-home provider must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI), a DCF background check as well as a fingerprint-based (national and state) criminal history database check before he or she can get reimbursed for care.
A provider who is related (grandparents of the child, sibling, or aunt/uncle of the child) have to only pass a Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI) check as well as show proof through birth certificates and marriage licenses that he or she is related to the child.

Other documents that are needed at the time of initial voucher assessment are:

  • Social Security card
  • Valid Mass. state identification card/driver's license, birth certificate or passport
  • Verification of current address (phone bill, electric bill, etc.)

Please look through this page to find links to information on many different child care resources.  If there is something you are looking for but do not see it here, please feel free to contact:  Barbara Luciano, Training Coordinator for Provider Services at 413.272.2315.

Helpful links to the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) Website

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides the foundation that supports all children in their development as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and supports families in their essential work as parents and caregivers.

Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)


Professional Qualifications (PQ) Registry

EEC's new Professional Qualifications Registry will gather important information on the size, composition, education, and experience of our current workforce.  It will store information about the retention and turnover of educators working in early education and care and out-of-school time programs.  This information will help EEC build a work force development system that responds to the needs of all educators and programs in Massachusetts.

EEC requires that all child care providers register in the Professional Qualifications (PQ) Registry and maintain an active PQ number.  Click below for more information and to register.

EEC - PQ Registry

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

The MA QRIS offers guidance to professionals in early education and care and out of school time settings on a path toward quality, recognizing that higher expectations of programs must be matched with increased supports that include a better-articulated career ladder, financial incentives, and professional development and technical assistance, which are grounded in the science of child development.  All providers must be registered in QRIS to ensure future funding.  If you have not already done so, register today!

EEC - QRIS System

QRIS Support

EEC Western MA Program Quality Specialist, Amanda Thayer, provides support and consultations for providers and programs that are going through the QRIS process.

Contact:  413.881.1539

Amanda.Thayer@MassMail.State.MA.US

EEC Professional Development Training Calendar

EEC - PD Calendar

Helpful Links for Training Resources

The Preschool Enrichment Team (PET)

Western MA Educator and Provider Support (EPS) Lead Agency

As the Western MA lead agency for the EPS grant through EEC, The Preschool Enrichment Team supports a skilled early childhood and out of school time workforce by providing training and consultation on core competencies, academic and career advancement support, NAEYC Accreditation and the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

413-736-3900

www.preschoolenrichmentteam.org

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES)

The Collaborative's Early Childhood Educator Trainings are a resource for educators of every age group in every setting who are seeking opportunities to connect with and learn from other practitioners, while expanding a wareness of issues and refining professional capabilities.

www.collaborative.org

Links to Local CPR and First Aid Training Resources

CPR & First Aid by Gail Stathis and Kim Webb

Gail and Kim are dedicated to offering high quality American Heart Association courses.  We have over 30 years combined experience.  We offer a variety of AHA courses to try to meet your needs.  We trained over 2000 people in 2012 and are continuing to grow and expand in the Western MA region.  We offer classes in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.  We are available on weekdays, weekends, days or evenings.

Contact:  413.539.2155

www.kimandgailscpr.com

Noble Hospital Westfield

American Hear Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes are held at Noble Hospital and are sponsored by the Education Department.

For more information, please cal the Noble Hospital CPR line at 413.572.5172

Or to see class schedule: www.noblehospital.org

Community Health Training Solutions

John and Nancy Muglia have over 20 years' experience in providing quality services, trainings and workshops to early childhood educators throughout Massachusetts.

Contact: 413.598.9911 or email: chtsjohn@yahoo.com

Or visit their website and training calendar: www.chtsweb.com

Berkshire County CPR

www.berkshirecountycpr.com

Links to Accreditation Resources

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight.  Accreditation systems are major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education; they allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young childr3en and their educators by meeting national standards of quality.

www.naeyc.org

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) serves as a nationwide non-profit association dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care and communities where providers live and work.  NAFCC believes that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow, be prepared for school, better understand the world and each other, think, dream and discover, while reaching their highest potential.  NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers.  This system was designed by hundreds of providers, parents and early care experts in an effort to create a quality indicator for fam