What is the R3P?
The Region 3 Professional Development Partnership (R3P) is comprised of representatives from community agencies, public schools and colleges who have collaborated to offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities for the early childhood workforce, and is funded by the Educator and Provider Supports grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care (EEC).
If you would like more information on the EPS grant, please visit this page from the Department of Early Education and Care.
Where is Region 3?
EEC’s Region 3 consists of 63 cities and towns in northeastern Massachusetts. The R3P utilizes three “Hubs” in the cities of Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn to accommodate the educators and providers living or working in proximity to the Hubs.
Lawrence Hub Contacts:
Maureen Pasek, GLCAC/CPC
Phone: (978) 681-4996
(Amesbury, Andover, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury & West Newbury)
Lowell Hub Contacts:
Teresa Harrison, Lowell Public Schools
Phone: (978) 674-2051
(Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro & Westford)
Lynn Hub Contacts:
Kathy Gallo, North Shore Community College
Phone: (781) 593-6722 X6249
Phone: (781)-593-6722 X6253
(Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Boxford, Burlington, Carlisle, Danvers, Essex, Everett, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lexington, Lincoln, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Nahant, Newton, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Waltham, Wenham, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.)
If you live or work in a city or town that is not listed above, please visit this page on the EEC website with regional contact information.
Who Can Participate?
Early childhood educators who currently work in an EEC funded, EEC licensed or license-exempt early education and care or out of school time program (i.e., group child care, family child care, school age child care, or Head Start program) in Massachusetts are eligible. For complete eligibility requirements, please see below.
Complete Educator & Provider Eligibility
Provider/Program Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to participate in professional development activities sponsored by EEC through the EPS grant providers/programs must be EEC licensed or license-exempt. Providers/programs with at least half of their enrollment comprised of EEC subsidized children will be given first priority. Providers/programs with less than half of their enrollment comprised of EEC subsidized children will be given second priority. Providers/programs not serving EEC subsidized children will be given third priority.
Educator Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible and to participate in professional development activities sponsored by EEC through the EPS grant, educators must meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Educators who fail to comply with these requirements may be required to repay the Commonwealth for financial assistance received.
1. Work in an EEC-funded, EEC licensed or license-exempt early education and care or out of school time program (i.e., group child care, family child care, school age child care, or Head Start program); in Massachusetts;
2. Agree to complete data forms (to be specified by EEC) and/or share directory information with EEC; and
3. Agree to not use multiple funding sources to supplant the actual cost of professional development activities.