Staff Qualifications

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RCCC believes strongly that the quality of care is only as strong as the quality of the teaching staff. We are proud of our rigorous hiring process and we strive to find teachers who show strong teaching ability, support the needs of busy families, and demonstrate a passion for working with young children. More than half of our staff has been in the field for ten years or more and all RCCC teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, most as lead teachers, specializing in early childhood education. Many of our teachers have a Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field; several staff members are taking course work in pursuit of their degree.

To build on our strengths as a teaching staff we encourage teachers to increase their knowledge of child development and curricula by attending workshops, taking courses, participating in conferences, and increasing their professional development experiences. Our staff has been trained in a wide variety of teaching techniques which support children’s needs including: sign-language for infants and toddlers, working with children with sensory integration disorders, communicating with families, and documentation in the classroom, among many other titles. Several of our teachers are members of professional organizations, such as the NAEYC, which support professional growth and development through publications and newsletters which focus on ECE issues.

Our Center is proud of its philosophy and approach toward caring for young children and we strive to educate ourselves about the developments and inspirations in our ever-changing field. We have had a long standing interest in the unique approach that the Municipal Schools of Reggio Emilia Italy have developed toward educating young children. Our Center has been fortunate over the last several years to have sent teachers to the city of Reggio Emilia to attend the Annual Study Group. During their experience our staff was able to attend workshops, lectures, and in-depth discussions about this philosophy and approach which has gained more international recognition over the past twenty years.

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