Showing posts with label ECDC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ECDC. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The ECDC is looking to hire a full-time Educational Support Professional (classroom assistant)

"We are hiring! Need a full-time Educational Support Professional (classroom assistant) at ECDC!  
This is a school year position, but there is also an opportunity to work during our 6-week summer program!  
Email me for more information ! "


 Shared from Twitter:

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Franklin ECDC: Applications for 2021-2022 school year being accepted now

FranklinECDC (@FranklinECDC) tweeted Thu, Jan 07, 2021:
 ECDC is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year! FRANKLIN families of children who will be 3 and not yet 5 by August 31st are eligible to enroll. @TOFranklinMA @FranklinPSNews @FranklinFoodPan @FrkPublicLib 

ECDC application =

Franklin ECDC: Applications for 2021-2022 school year being accepted now
Franklin ECDC: Applications for 2021-2022 school year being accepted now

Monday, December 28, 2020

FM #422-423 School Committee Meeting - In two parts - 12/22/20 (audio)

FM #422-423 - This is the Franklin Matters radio show, another one in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee and Central Office personnel were in the Council Chambers, the remainder of the Committee was remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the just over two hour and thirty minute meeting into two logical segments:
  • First - covers the opening through the Guests/Presentations (approx. 1 hour and 23 minutes)
  • Second - picks up from the Superintendent's goals through to the end of the public meeting as they entered Executive Session (not to return to public meeting) (approx. 1 hour and 9 minutes)
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes. The meeting packet folder will hold the other documents released for the meeting (as we go to press, the Superintendent’s Report is not yet updated due to the holiday break)

Let’s listen to this segment of the School Committee meeting of Dec 22, 2020

Audio files: 



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FM #422-324 School Committee Meeting - In two parts - 12/22/20 (audio)
FM #422-324 School Committee Meeting - In two parts - 12/22/20 (audio)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) accepting applications for 2021-2022

Our Early Childhood Development Center, ECDC, is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year! Please see the attached brochure to learn more about our high-quality preschool learning environment! #Preschool #earlychildhood #FantasticFPS

Shared from Twitter:

Brochure link =>

Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) accepting applications for 2021-2022
Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) accepting applications for 2021-2022

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Sep 8, 2020


“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance 
  • Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH

C. FHS Student Representative Comments
D. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. ECDC Reopening Plan -- Ms. Kelty Kelley and Ms. Paula Marano

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy - 2nd Reading/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:
  • EBC (SUPPLEMENTAL) - Creation Of A General (Interim) Policy On Covid-related Issues
  • EBCFA - Masks/Face Coverings (New)
  • COVID Policy Addendums
B. School Handbooks and Covid Addendums
I recommend approval of the School Handbooks with the Covid Addendums as discussed.

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Ad Hoc Facilities Analysis, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council)

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the August 25, 2020 School Committee meeting as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

IX. Payroll Ms. D’Angelo

X. Executive Session
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3), move to go into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to potential litigation as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares, and not to reconvene in an Open Session.

XI. Adjournment 

The agenda doc contains the connection information

The meeting packet folder is on the Town of Franklin page

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Sep 8, 2020
sign at Davis Thayer elementary school

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17

Are you looking for a preschool program for your child?

Do you live in Franklin?

Is your child going to be 3 by August 31st and not yet eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2020?

Parents and children are invited to join us at F.X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) for a tour of the school, to meet our teaching team and learn about our wonderful preschool program!

If you are unable to attend the OPEN HOUSE, you can contact Laura Flanagan to schedule a tour: Email: Phone: 508-541-8166

Tours are held at 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to preserve the confidentiality and safety of our current students.

Applications for the 20-21 school year are available on the ECDC Website ( or directly at

Applications can also be picked up at the Franklin Superintendent’s office and at ECDC.

Download a copy of the Open House flyer

Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17
Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17

Friday, December 6, 2019

ECDC Registration for Fall 2020

ECDC Registration for Fall 2020

Registration is open for our ECDC Preschool program for Fall 2020! Please find an information sheet and application

An Open House is scheduled for Friday, January 17 from 9 AM - 11 AM. Come see what our wonderful Preschool program is all about!

Visit the ECDC Website for more information

ECDC Registration for Fall 2020
ECDC Registration for Fall 2020

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Save The Dates - Kindergarten Registration & Leaping into Kindergarten Assembly

Save The Dates - Kindergarten Registration and Leaping into Kindergarten Assembly

** Kindergarten Registration Class of 2033
  • February 11, 2020 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 
  • February 12, 2020 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
Where: Municipal Building 3rd Floor Training Room

** Leaping into Kindergarten Assembly
  • March 17, 2020 7 – 8:00 PM 
Where: Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium

Download your copy of the flyer:

Save The Dates - Kindergarten Registration & Leaping into Kindergarten Assembly
Save The Dates - Kindergarten Registration & Leaping into Kindergarten Assembly

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Live Reporting: ECDC Developmental Summary and Discussion / Action Items

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Recognitions

Cindy Douglas - 5 terms on SchComm, 36 years teaching (and 2 in Brockton)

Diane Feeley - 2 years of service, budget subcommittee, community relations, school wellness, transportation, also ad-hoc on the Superintendent evaluation

Dr Monica Linden -  2 years, policy subcommittee, rep on the School Start Time Advisory Committee,  also ad-hoc on the Superintendent evaluation

Denise Schultz - 2 terms, vice char for past term; advocate at State level and MASC, policy committee, newsletter coordinator as part of the community relations, also instrumental in the Legislative Forums the last two years

Gigi Zub - 2 years, community relations subcommittee, expanded presence of SchComm around town at events

Dr Linden award as announced here earlier this week

Dr Bergen comments on the honor it has been to work with all the SchComm members, and others within the district. We are bound by open meeting laws and engage in formal public discussions accordingly. As volunteers, it is never about the paycheck but paying it forward, giving it back. 

Scofield commenting as well, "do we agree all the time, absolutely not, but we agree to disagree and get on with it."

Zub - it wasn't easy to add to the family schedule, they did understand it and made the family work. They all wished to be here tonight, and schedules just wouldn't permit it. I feel blessed to be part of the all female School Committee. I would also like to  thank the public administrative staff. I am so proud of the work that you do.

Glenn Jones, Town Councilor, thanking the committee members for their service, it does mean a lot, id does not get forgotten. The Administration makes us look so good

B. ECDC Developmental Summary

Kelty Kelly, principal of ECDC

thanks to all of you for your commitment and openness, we have had some challenges and to share and be heard meant a lot.

it is a developmental summary, not a report card. The children are 3, 4 and 5. It touches on some subjects as well as social emotional learning as well as socio-motor skills

we are looking to go forward with this, understanding that this is a work in process, assessing after each trimester.

this will go out with a letter to the families, and how to use it. 

The Developmental Summary

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. ECDC Developmental Summary
I recommend approval of the ECDC Developmental Summary as presented.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

B. Superintendent’s Evaluation – Goals
The Chair recommends approval of the Superintendent’s Goals as detailed.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

C. MASC Delegate
I recommend the committee appoint Anne Bergen as its MASC Delegate at the November MASS/MASC Joint Conference.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

D. MASC Resolutions
I recommend approval of the following MASC Resolutions as detailed:

Resolution 1: Banning Polystyrene from Schools
Franklin uses plant based trays, hence not applicable
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 2: Pertaining to Educator Diversity and Professional Licensure
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 3: School Transportation
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 4: Climate Change
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 5: Full Funding of Transportation Costs for Students in Foster Care and State Care
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 6: Universal Quality Pre-Kindergarten Access in Massachusetts
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 7: Poverty and Children
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 8: Resolution for Access to Menstrual Supplies
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Resolution 9: Charter School Reform
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

E. Policy First Readings
I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading as discussed:
  • a) KF – Community Use of School Facilities
  • b) KF – E1 – Rules and Regulations
  • c) KF – E2 – FHS Building Use
  • d) KF – E4 – FHS Fee Schedule

mostly clarifications to language, gender neutral, liability insurance, half vs. full day use, penalty schedule for non-payment

Sunday, March 17, 2019

School Committee Recap: School Budget proposal approved, yet funding insufficient

The School Committee meeting was a long one as the ECDC, and elementary schools walked through updates on their School Improvement Plans (SIP). The District Improvement Plan goals 2 and 3 also received an update from the Central office. Lots of progress and accomplishments under challenging circumstances.

Then the Discussion / Action Item section rolled along and the committee voted to approve the expense budget and salary budget in separate votes for FY 2020. Only a few changes from what had been reviewed and had evolved over the several weeks leading up to Tuesday.

Then Superintendent Ahern revealed that the budget as approved was likely about $2.6M over what the Town can fund. The Town Council meeting the following night (Wednesday, March 13) would begin the overall Town budget discussion and how to address the shortfall.

Stay tuned for the on going budget discussion. What we want for our children and the Town of Franklin depends upon what info is forthcoming and how it is received. 

Participate in the Budget hearings or at least tune into the meetings. Worse case, follow the updates here and don't be shy in asking good questions.

The Superintendent's Report:

Kelly Kelty, Principal of ECDC presented a mid-year update on the School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Principals/Vice-principals presented a joint update on the Elementary SIP

Elementary SIP Mid-year Update - March 12, 2019 from Franklin Matters

The Central Office (Superintendent Sara Ahern, Asst Supt Lucas Giguere, Dr Joyce Edwards, and Paula Marano) presented the joint update on the District Improvement Plan (DIP)

My notes are reported live during the meeting can be found in the links below

School committee meeting March 12, 2019
School committee meeting March 12, 2019

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Preschool Program is now accepting application for Fall 2019

The Franklin Public Schools Preschool Program is now accepting application for Fall 2019!

January 25th 9-11 AM

Looking for an exciting learning environment where your preschooler (3 by Aug 31st) is encouraged to problem-solve and build connections while getting ready for kindergarten? Consider joining our ECDC family!

Applications available and more information available on the principal’s blog, and on the ECDC website .

Families unable to attend the open house but interested in scheduling a tour at ECDC can contact Kelty Kelley, ECDC Principal via email @ or by phone @ 508 541-8166

Review the December Newsletter for info on what is happening:

the ECDC is located on Oak St behind the Oak St and Horace Mann schools
the ECDC is located on Oak St behind the Oak St and Horace Mann schools

Monday, October 1, 2018

School Committee - Sep 25, 2018

The collection of posts from the School Committee meeting held on Sep 25, 2018.

Superintendent's Report

EdLeader 21
Dr. Edwards is not here this evening. She is off site attending a professional development conference with EdLeader 21. This group is an extension of the former Partnership for 21st Century Skills and is a big part of our district initiative on development of engaging curriculum and personalized learning. When she returns, we will be kicking off our efforts to engage with School Committee and the community in the development of Franklin’s Portrait of A Graduate, which is an exciting part of our District Strategy for Improvement.

Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium
I would like to provide a follow-up communication to the community about the Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium. Last Tuesday, during the heavy rains and flash flooding, the interior courtyard at HMMS became flooded with water due to clogged drainage. A large amount of water seeped into the school and settled in the pit of the auditorium, flooding the stage, and seeping into the entrance to the band room. Clean up services have been employed who have been spending the last week mitigating the damage, drying the spaces, and engaging in repair efforts.

The drywall in the entrance to the band room has been removed and water under the instrument storage cubbies was dried. The service company will come in and repair the sheetrock, like they did previously in Keller last year. Everything will be repaired in accordance with safe practices in the prevention of mold growth. The carpet in the auditorium has also been dried. It is a “backed” carpet, with protection on the underside, so there are no mold concerns about growth underneath. The auditorium stage is drying well. The Facilities department is optimistic that the floor can be sanded and refinished, which is a quicker fix than pulling up the boards for repair. They will reassess at the end of the week to confirm and we will keep the Committee apprised.

Franklin Cultural District Site Visit
The Franklin Public Schools participated in the Franklin Cultural District’s Site visit with the Massachusetts Cultural Council last Thursday, September 20. This site visit evaluates the district’s application towards a designation as a Cultural District. Along with other partner members, FPS attended the site visit meetings at the library and Franklin Historical Museum. 

We also hosted a brief tour at the high school. Dr. Edwards, Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, Ms.Plouffe, Ms. Johnson, and Mr. Nayler brought them through to see the highlights of the high school and the fine and performing arts areas. We toured the TV studio, music practice spaces, art classrooms, the 3D art installation in the courtyard, the art display cases, and the auditorium. Thank you so much to our educators for showing off the investment we make in the fine and performing arts for both our students as well as the greater Franklin community.

The documents released for the meeting can be found online

The elementary school principals ready to present at the School Committee meeting
The elementary school principals ready to present at the School Committee meeting

The agenda for the School Committee

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Beyond begging, bossing, and bribing" - Jan 29

Come see Jeanine Fitzgerald at ECDC on Monday, January 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

This was shared from the ECDC webpage

"Beyond begging, bossing, and bribing" - Jan 29
"Beyond begging, bossing, and bribing" - Jan 29

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Live reporting: Elementary Improvement Plans - End of Year Update

b. Elementary Schools Improvement Plan Update 16-17

Kate Peretz, principal of Oak St Elementary

  • overview of the elementary program and what will be covered tonight
  • mid-year updates are still in process, the work will continue
  • data collection in the responsive classroom is key, how do we know that this is doing what we need to do?

Kelty Kelley, principal of ECDC

  • work on curriculum
  • started a play group with English Language Learner (ELL) families
  • .4 school psychologist added this year, worked on smart goal to address social emotional learning for the 3-4-5 year olds at the ECDC
  • for next steps, work on a common plan for intervention and continue to work on incorporating responsive classroom training with the other teachers (some have it, some don't yet)

Kathleen Gerber, principal of Davis Thayer

  • has a strong set of teachers at DT, working on learning from each other, being empowered to pursue as necessary; set up and incorporated feedback via peer observation
  • working on the co-teaching model
  • piloting iReady in math
  • partnerships with family and community, had fun Friday's for math, expanded to ELL and 
  • partnered with Dean to have tutors come into the classrooms, looking to expand this year; piloting a mentor program as well
  • PCC meetings are key to what happens, topics prepared for each meeting, including food services and food choices
  • exploring partnership with Lesley Univ on impact of trauma
  • working to develop clubs at DT; rock band, drama and chess club among other suggestions
Comment -"we learn best from each other"
Dean has been sitting there for all these years, to see them involved is great

Sarah Klim, Interim Principal of Jefferson

  • inclusiveness is one of the core values; not one of the most diverse areas so paying attention to this is important
  • a 'calm down tool kit', as a result of an FEF grant, placed in each classroom

Q - can you create a 'calm down' tool kit for the country?

Eric Stark, principal of Helen Keller

  • emphasis on social emotional learning as that is key to doing everything else
  • partnered with Dr Murphy to get professional development to work on behavioral support, set up a behavioral support team at the school
  • collaboration across the teachers to create personalized learning for the students
  • some programs received limited parent involvement; need to evaluate how to address this (possibly via the students themselves)
  • parent learning site developed to help support the learning at home, looking to expand use and awareness of this

Dr Ashley, principal of JF Kennedy

  • piloted before and after school programs; collaboration with Lifelong Learning
  • fostering cultural awareness, bring the knowledge in from parents

Kate again (instead of overview, providing school specific info)

  • REACH program assessment started last summer
  • used Collaborative for Academic Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • engaged all stakeholders in creating a collaborative culture
  • looking to expand professional development opportunities
  • Oak selected for pilot with William James College looking at school climate and culture
  • creating a greater connection between social emotional learning SEL and academics

Shannon Barca, principal of Parmenter

  • used Understanding by Design approach (kind of backwards learning)
  • newly designed SEL modules
  • monthly meeting, whole school mindful approach
  • implemented a collaborative staff development (via ed camp model)
  • inviting families in to be a partner in their students success
  • partnering with Lesley as well to get training and awareness on how to deal with trauma
Comment - core values mean nothing unless we can use them in practice

Tonight was an excellent night, there are things we can all do better. hard not to be impressed and proud of what we do have here in Franklin.

Sara - I'd like to thank them as well. I have been talking about my transition plan. My impression on such a strong set of professionals

Saturday, January 7, 2017

ECDC Preschool Program Enrollment Opens

The Franklin Public Schools 
ECDC Preschool Program

Now Enrolling for Fall 2017…
Lottery to held on February 28, 2017

Applications now available on the principal's blog 

and on the ECDC website 


The F.X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center (@FranklinECDC) is committed to offering preschoolers here in Franklin an opportunity for high quality developmentally appropriate learning in an environment that encourages diversity, cooperation and understanding. 

Our building and our curriculum have been designed to meet the complex needs of students with and without disabilities and help them develop the necessary readiness skills to prepare them for kindergarten. 

Our curriculum is aligned with the MA state frameworks for Literacy, Math and Social Emotional Development as well as the NAEYC standards for teaching and learning. Our teachers are highly qualified public school certified in early childhood, special education or a combination of both specialties.

Students who enroll attend ECDC participate in our "integrated" preschool model. In these language-based classrooms, children of all ability levels, with and without identified special needs, are taught together in an environment that nurtures peers as partners in learning. 

Research has proven that linking children of varying ability levels actually enhances the growth and development of all the children. Each of our classrooms maintains a low class size, maxing out with 15 students, with a Massachusetts certified teacher and at least one highly qualified educational assistant.

Franklin residents who turn 3 by August 31st are eligible to register for the integrated preschool program at ECDC.

Families interested in scheduling a tour at ECDC can call the main office @ 508 541-8166 to contact Kelty Kelley, ECDC Principal via email @

Kelty Kelley, M.Ed., Principal
F. X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center
224 Oak Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-541-8166
Fax: 508-541-8254

"There is no hand so small that it cannot leave an imprint on the world!" Klub Kidz

Friday, February 12, 2016

"allowing children to learn through discovery"

"Officials from the F.X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center spoke about ways to encourage young children to learn and future changes coming up during this week's School Committee meeting. 
Principal Kelty Kelley gave a presentation to the committee at its Tuesday night meeting, speaking about efforts that had taken place at the school recently and plans for the future. The ECDC is a preschool that accepts children between the ages of three and five, and serves children with and without special needs."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

entrance to ECDC
entrance to ECDC

The notes from my live reporting on Tuesday night can be found here

The presentation document Kelty Kelley used is shown here:

The presentation doc and other info on ECDC can also be found on Principal Kelley's blog page