Lower Cape Early Childhood Council

The Lower Cape Early Childhood Council generally meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month. There are instances when the date changes.

The Lower Cape Early Childhood Council needs your input and suggestions! Council meetings are a great opportunity to find out who’s doing what for families on the Lower and Outer Cape, and to share your own ideas.

This year the Council meetings will focus on different topics of current importance to particular individuals or groups – parents, directors, teachers, playgroup leaders. For example: A speaker with information about the new playgroup regulations will attend one meeting to answer questions and share information. Another meeting may address playgroup practices and resources. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Elizabeth at ealdred@c4.net, or come and submit them at any meeting. This Council can be as useful as we all make it, so step up and make it work!


The Lower Cape Early Childhood Council is committed to supporting the success of all families with young children in our region (Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet). The Council works in collaboration with individuals and organizations within the community to achieve this goal by: building family supports that eliminate risks and cultivate strengths; and creating a network of parents, professionals, early childhood educators and providers that serve the needs of our isolated, rural region.

What does the Council do?
The Council was formed in 1996. It oversees and implements programs for children and families funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Department of Early Education and Care, and a Family Center grant from the Children’s Trust. These grants are administered by Cape Cod Children’s Place.

When and where does the Council meet?
The Council meets at 6:00-7:30 PM the third Wednesday evening of every month from September through June. Call 508-240-3310 for the location and date of the next meeting.

Who are the members & how can you join?
Parents, early childhood teachers, childcare providers, people who work with families and young children, and individuals committed to supporting families are and can be members.
New members can join the Council at any time, just by attending Council meetings. They will receive a copy of the Council Bylaws, which list the attendance requirements to become a voting member and describe how the Council operates. Interested persons are also welcome to attend occasional Council meetings without becoming members.

The Council supports the following grant-funded programs: Dads group, Family Road Shows , Family Support consultations , Family Fun Fair,  Babies 1st Year , Playgroups,  Workshops & discussions for parents and early childhood teachers and caregivers.

What do the letters stand for?

CFCE – Coordinated Family and Community Engagement; Combining previous CPC and MFN funds and services.
CT – Children’s Trust; public-private state agency funding parenting education and family support programs; provides our MFC grant.
DCF – Department of Children & Families; provides support for families and intervenes on behalf of children who may be affected by child abuse or neglect; coordinates foster care placements.
EEC – Early Education and Care; state department that licenses and regulates childcare centers, family daycare homes, and afterschool programs that are not school-sponsored.
EI – Early Intervention; program operated by Cape Cod Child Development in Hyannis, paid for by the federal government; provides services for eligible children aged birth-3 years.
FC – Family Center grant; funds parent education and support programs for families with children aged birth-6 years.
NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children; an organization that provides quality standards and accreditation for centers and classrooms serving young children.
WIC – Women, Infants, Children program; provides nutrition information and healthy foods to pregnant or breastfeeding women and families with children up to 5 years.


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