Project Flourish assists entry-level early childhood workers in preparing to qualify to become classroom teachers in Massachusetts (MA). They serve both group child care educators and family child care educators. Project Flourish partners with the MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, United Way of Central MA, SEIU Education and Support Fund, Quinsigamond and Mount Wachusett Community Colleges, MassHire Regional Employment Board, Webster 5 Foundation, City of Worcester, and SEUI Collaborative.
Leslie Baker is the program director for the Center for Childcare Careers at Family Services of Central MA, an affiliate of the Seven Hills Foundation. Leslie has been selected as one of 10 educators nationally to participate in Bank Street Learning Starts At Birth's new Apprenticeship Action Research Fellowship. This work contributes to the goal of strengthening investments in our workforce to create more equitable and high-quality early childhood systems.