What We Do

WE DELIVER a comprehensive range of services that nurtures 1,500 plus children every day supporting their families and their communities.  Activities and services include six early care and education centers; 140 family child care educators; curricula designed to develop each child’s cognitive, social-emotional, physical, literacy and pre-math skills; high quality classrooms measured using research-based tools; mental health and social services to children in our programs and citywide; and nutritional support and education.

WE ASSIST early care and education programs and family child care educators in achieving accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).  Associated offers programs a multi-layered outcome measurement system using research-based tools for: child assessments to help determine school readiness; individual classroom assessments focused on quality; and program accreditation.

WE WORK with Boston’s early care and education community to use data to drive improvements in the quality of early care and education through Associated’s Boston Early Education Quality Improvement Project (Boston EQUIP).  Activities include setting goals and benchmarks for quality; assessing supply and demand; and conducting research to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the field’s workforce.  Together with the Mayor’s Office, Boston EQUIP manages the Data and Research Team (DART) of Thrive in Five: Boston’s School Readiness Roadmap.