Wheelock Welcomes Connected Beginnings Institute

July 27, 2011

UNITED WAY'S EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE EXPANDS WITH NEW AFFILIATION

Wheelock College is pleased to announce that Connected Beginnings Training Institute (CBTI), an early childhood initiative of United Way, is now part of Wheelock's Aspire Institute, whose mission is to advance knowledge and innovative solutions in response to social and educational challenges. The Aspire Institute is part of the College's Academic Affairs Division.

Connected Beginnings logo"Wheelock welcomes this opportunity to become the official home of Connected Beginnings Training Institute, an organization whose mission is aligned with ours—to improve the lives of children and families. CBTI's affiliation with Aspire Institute will create opportunities for collaborative programming with Aspire's community-based projects," said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President of Wheelock College.

Founded in 2006 by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CBTI trains early childhood practitioners to understand and support the important role that relationships play in the social and emotional development of infants and young children. Through the first half of 2011, CBTI has trained approximately 2,000 early educators across Massachusetts, including teachers, social workers, nurses, pediatricians, and allied health professionals, affecting the lives of thousands of children. CBTI training highlights the importance and practicality of bringing knowledge of relationship-based infant and early childhood mental health to a wide variety of settings.

"CBTI is excited by this new relationship and the opportunity to increase our impact integrating our professional development into the college's certificate and degree-granting programs," said Betsy Leutz, Director of CBTI. "This move represents a tremendous stride in improving pre-service and in-service training in children's social and emotional health as well as the mental health and well-being of their adult caregivers," Leutz added.

Both Wheelock College and CBTI commend United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley for its financial support, vision and commitment over the past five years and look forward to a continued relationship.

For more information about Connected Beginnings, please contact Jacob Murray, Senior Director, Aspire Institute, Wheelock College at 617-879-2445 or jmurray@wheelock.edu.

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