Early Childhood Education and Care at UMass Boston

Mission: to prepare diverse, dynamic, and passionate future leaders who are prepared to:

Definition of Early Childhood Education and Care: Early childhood, birth through age 8, is an exciting time of growth and development in the life of young child and his/her family.  This distinct developmental phase of a child’s life is a critical time for optimizing the healthy development of children and their families. Early childhood education and care is a professional field that serves children from birth through age 8 and their families in a wide variety of settings, including family child care, center-based child care and preschool programs, after-school programs and family support, early intervention programs, home visiting, and early elementary school.  

Situated within Boston’s richly diverse urban community, UMass Boston is well-positioned to engage students in urban early education programs, policies, and practices. 

Core Values:

  1. The Early Childhood program at UMass Boston is grounded in a deep commitment to social justice, urban and global engagement, dedication to public good, and opportunity for all.
  2. All young children and their families should have access to culturally responsive early childhood education and care.
  3. All young children and their families have the right to an early education experience that meets their individual needs.
  4. Early childhood programs should leverage the strengths of all children, families and communities.
  5. Early childhood education has a unique role in helping to overcome opportunity gaps created by economic, social, racial and gender inequality.
  6. High quality early childhood programs honor the diversity and dignity of children and their families and understand that children need to be considered within the context of family, culture, and society.
  7. We respect and value the role of relationships in our work with children, their families, and the early childhood community.

Educational principles

  1. Practice in early childhood education should be based on what we know from research and theory in science and practice.
  2. Our role is to help to identify best practices in early childhood education and ensure that our students are equipped to use best practices that are culturally, linguistically and developmentally responsive.
  3. We advocate for policies, practices and systems to help ensure optimal development for all young children and their families as well as the early education and care professionals who work with them.
  4. Our students are prepared to work effectively with children and families with a variety of exceptionalities. 


Full Time Faculty:

Mona Abo-Zena

Maria Acevedo Aquino

Catherine Brayden-Calias

Rachel Chazan Cohen

Anne Douglass

Lianna Pizzo

Angi Stone-MacDonald

Monica Yudron