Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Department overview
Formed1789 (1789) [1]
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Headquarters75 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148
Department executive
  • Jeffrey C. Riley [2] , Commissioner

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), sometimes referred to as the Massachusetts Department of Education, is the state education agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, identified by the U.S. Department of Education. [3] It is responsible for public education at the elementary and secondary levels. The agency has its headquarters in Malden. [4] It is governed by the Massachusetts Board of Education.


Early Childhood Resource Centers in Massachusetts

The program started in 1991 by the Early Education Department, who still runs and funds this grant today. The purpose of these centers is to facilitate the availability and accessibility of early childhood materials and resources statewide. Partnering with libraries has enabled broader access for parents, schools, child care agencies, and other entities involved with early education care and intervention.

These Resource Centers provide education materials that range from professional resource books, parenting books, videos & DVDs, teaching curriculum kits, themed picture books, big books, and many other items that are available for borrowing at no charge. Throughout the school year there are also teacher trainings available where professionals can earn early education credits or professional development hours. These trainings vary by location, so please contact the specific location with inquiries.

As of 2017 there are five Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRC) in Massachusetts.

See also

Notes and references

  1. "The Development of Education in Massachusetts". The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education. 1930. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  2. "Office of the Commissioner" . Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  3. State Education Agencies
  4. "Contact DESE." Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved on February 29, 2012. "75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-4906"

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