Spring classes remain online/remote, as are college offices. You can find COVID-19 information here.

Abby Mahoney

Sr, Community/Outreach Counselor Early Childhood Ed.

Social Science, Integrative Learning

Donahue 158

413.552.2345 (Tel)

Amanda Thayer

Admin,ECE Grant/Strong Start Training & Tech Assistance

Social Science, Integrative Learning

Donahue 158

413.552.2594 (Tel)


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HCC Career Pathways CDA Plus Program

Earn your CDA, plus 16 transferable college credits, for free! All classes are remote. Space is limited!

This free, grant-funded, 10-month program starts both fall and spring semesters at HCC!

Earn your CDA (child development associate) credential plus 16 college credits that can be used toward a degree in early education – at no cost to you!

All classes are online and remote with classes meeting virtually either on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings. Free textbooks, coaching, support services, and networking with early education sites in your area.

Space is limited! Contact Abby Mahoney at amahoney@hcc.edu or 413.552.2345 for eligibility requirements and registration information.   

Funded by the Early Childhood Education Career Pathways Grant, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

strongstart western ma professional development center at hcc

The StrongStart Western MA PDC provides training, coaching and technical assistance for center-based, family childcare and out-of-school time early education programs. Services provided through the StrongStart Training & Technical Assistance grants include:

  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Technical assistance
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

For more information about PDC opportunities, please contact:

Amanda Thayer at westernpdctrainingspecialist@eecstrongstart.org 

Kimm Quinlan at westernpdccoordinator@eecstrongstart.org 


hear from a cda student

Current CDA student Heather shares her testimonial about the program. Enroll today!


Abby Mahoney

Sr, Community/Outreach Counselor Early Childhood Ed.

Social Science, Integrative Learning

Donahue 158

413.552.2345 (Tel)

Amanda Thayer

Admin,ECE Grant/Strong Start Training & Tech Assistance

Social Science, Integrative Learning

Donahue 158

413.552.2594 (Tel)


read more