Cape Regional Eleven Towns Council – C.R.T.T.ers Council


Formed in 1996, our Council works to guide activities funded through a combination of MA Dept. of Early Education and Care grant, Children’s Trust grant, and other funding. Programs use the Strengthening Families strength-based approach. We support families with children birth to age 8 years and beyond. We collaborate with organizations, agencies, and individuals to nurture the Five Protective Factors in local families: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development, Concrete Supports in Time of Need and Social & Emotional Competence.

If you have never attended, we want YOU to join the CRRTer Council – Parents, teachers, organizations/agencies that work with families and young children, childcare providers, people working with families and young children, local school staff, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and community members committed to supporting families! You have great ideas and we want to hear them! We are a fun, welcoming, collaborative group of people committed to supporting families with children in our region (Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown). You can join us at any meeting for refreshments, friendship, collaboration, problem-solving, support, and the chance to make a difference in your community!

When and where does the Council meet?
The CRTTers Council meets at 6:00-7:30 PM, on Wednesday evenings of every other month from September through June. Dates are subject to change, see details below.

We need your input and suggestions! Council meetings are a great opportunity to find out who’s doing what for families in the ten towns including Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, and to share your own ideas. Council meetings will focus on different topics of current importance to particular individuals or groups – parents, directors, teachers, playgroup leaders. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Meghan Kemp at, 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 Council supports the following grant-funded programs: Dads group, Family Road Shows, Family Support consultations, Family Fun Fair,  Babies 1st Year, Play and learn groups,  Workshops & discussions for parents and early childhood teachers and caregivers.



CCRTTer Council meetings throughout the year so go ahead and add them to your schedule:

  • The CCRTT Council meets 4 times a year at Snow Library, 67 Main St. in Orleans. Next meeting is on February 13, 2019.
  • Parents, early childhood educators, childcare providers, people working with families and young children, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and community members committed to supporting families—you all have important ideas to share and we want to hear them! We are a fun, welcoming group of people committed to supporting the success of all families with young children in our region (Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Yarmouth.) Come to this meeting or any of the others listed on this page, and help us implement programs for our 10-town region this year, like the annual Family Fun Fair, coming in the spring. Sometimes we bring in guests to tell us about resources available to families on the Mid, Lower and Outer Cape.
  • To RSVP or get information about the Council contact Meghan: 508-240-3310 or

Dennis-Yarmouth CFCE Subcommittee  – (Please contact Mary Wilson at if you’d like to join)

  • Dennis-Yarmouth Early Childhood Council Meets quarterly, next meeting February 6, 2019, 6 pm at the ME Small Elementary School, 440 Higgins Crowell Rd., W. Yarmouth.
  • This council focuses on activities and needs specific to Dennis and Yarmouth. All are welcome. For information call 508-778-7988 x 1.M.E. Small Elementary School in the upstairs Staff Room adjacent to the Cafeteria)

Lower/Outer Cape Early Childhood Council Subcommittee (Please contact Meghan Kemp at if you’d like to join)

  • 6 – 7:30 pm – October 18, February 14, March 21, & May 16 – Meets at Nauset Middle School (please take this survey to let us know about time preferences)

Monomoy Early Childhood Council Subcommittee (Please contact Lucy Gilmore at if you’d like to join)

Monomoy Early Childhood Council Meets February 7, 2019, and the first Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm at Chatham Elementary School, 147 Depot Rd., in the conference room.

This Council brings information, education and support to parents, grandparents and guardians of young children in Chatham and Harwich. All are welcome. 

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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