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Connected Beginnings Training Institute

  • Nurturing the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children Ages Birth to Five

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About Us

Connected Beginnings Training Institute (CBTI) builds the capacity of infant and early childhood practitioners to engage in nurturing relationships with families and the very young children in their care through a variety of professional development opportunities.

As research has revealed, positive, supportive, enriching and nurturing relationships with adults and other children are critical to young children’s social and emotional well-being, mental health, evolving brain architecture and capacity to learn.

Connected Beginnings Training Institute was launched by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay/Merrimack Valley, Inc. in 2006, and partnered with Wheelock College from 2011-2018. CBTI became a program of the UMass Donahue Institute in 2019.

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The UMass Donahue Institute is pre-approved to offer a variety of options for streamlined, simplified contracting both within Massachusetts and at the federal level.

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