FIND EMERGENCY CHILD CARE WORK

MASS.CARE.COM

EEC has partnered with Care.com to create a portal specifically for Massachusetts essential workers and early educators. Essential workers looking for in-home child care will be able to find eligible EEC-licensed, certified, or approved educators who are currently not working in child care programs and may provide skilled in-home care. This will help educators get connected to alternative employment opportunities that they are uniquely qualified for, help identify additional resources for children and families with unique needs, such as children with disabilities, and further support essential workers. Massachusetts essential workforce families get 90-day free subscription to Care.com to use this service.

If you wish to apply for a position at an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program please visit our emergency child care directory to find a program and contact them directly to inquire about potential positions.

FINANCIAL SUPPORTS

Early educators and staff whose workplaces have shut down due to the coronavirus may be eligible for unemployment assistance. EEC is updating our unemployment insurance information in real time as new guidance becomes available. Please visit our financial support page for the latest information.


PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE & RESOURCES

Teacher Applications

The Teacher Qualifications Unit is continuing to process all applications. Applications may still be mailed to the EEC offices at 51 Sleeper Street in Boston. Educators will receive their certificate via email. Applications deemed incomplete will be mailed back on a delayed timeline.

EEC will accept electronically scanned applications for certification under the following circumstances:

  1. They include all the required documentation in PDF form
    No jpegs or pictures taken by phone; PDF scanner apps are available for mobile phones
    Please also note: EEC will not be accepting E-transcripts sent directly from a college/university
  2. The subject line includes: Submission of EEC Application for Certification
  3. They are emailed to eecprofdev@mass.gov

COVID-19 Waivers

Administrative waivers and allowances are in effect during this time, including a practicum hour requirement waiver. If you were working on completing your EEC Teacher Qualifications Practicum Requirements prior to the COVID-19 closures and need to complete your remaining hours for graduation, please see our latest guidance on how to manage students’ practicum requirements at this time:

  • EEC TQ Practicum Guidance
  • COVID 19 General Work Experience Form
  • Professional Qualifications General Application_COVID19

  • For more questions about the waiver and professional qualification guidance please visit the Educator FAQs. To view the waiver guidance click here. Please visit EEC’s Professional Qualifications site for more information about applying for EEC Certifications.

    SCHOLARSHIP & CREDENTIALS

    The ECE Scholarship program is available this year and has opened April 1st for applicants. In light of the COVID-19 circumstances, the application deadline has been extended through July 1st, 2020. Eligibility exceptions will be made for educators who have recently been laid off due to program closures. For additional information, or to apply, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

    Educators with an expired Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential now have the opportunity, through June 30, 2020 to reinstate their CDA Credential. As part of the Career Pathways Program, educators who have completed their CDA as far back as January 1, 2010 will have all renewal costs paid for as well as support provided to complete the process. The benefits in participating include national recognition as a holder of an active and current credential, the ability to remain competitive in today’s job market, the opportunity for career advancement, and continued professional support.

    For more information, visit www.cdacouncil.org/amnesty. To begin the process, please contact your local community college. You may find your local college by visiting the Career Pathways website.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    EEC has partnered with the Pyramid Model Consortium to offer early educators who are unemployed in programs currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, free access to two ePyramid Modules:

    1. The “Trauma-Informed Care & the Pyramid Model” on-line lessons highlight approaches and strategies to help educators understand the impact of trauma on young children and their families.
    2. The “Wellness: Taking Care of Yourself” on-line lessons help educators understand the impact of adult well-being on children's social emotional development, identify symptoms of stress, learn strategies for reducing stress and increasing wellness, understand how mindfulness can reduce stress and improve well-being, and develop a self-care plan.

    Educators may also choose to join a facilitated virtual Professional Learning Community to take the ePyramid Modules in a group. For more information about the ePyramid Modules, Professional Learning Communities and to get your free code visit https://eecstrongstart.org/self-study-training-page

    The Strong Start Online Professional Development System provides access to the EEC Essentials, an online package of health and safety, and child development, trainings.

    EEC has partnered with the Lastinger Center of the University of Florida to provide access to fully online, mobile-friendly training through its Flamingo Learning System. Visit eecstrongstart.org/training-schedule to register for these self-paced trainings in multiple language.

    Additionally, EEC will offer regional, virtual communities of practice for educators to discuss the needs of the field to inform EEC’s plan for supporting programs post-COVID 19. More information will be found on the StrongStart Professional Development Centers website.

    Other suggestions for high-quality online professional development include:

    1. Early Educator Central provides resources for infant-toddler educators
    2. The Office of Head Start provides the Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio that links to a number of online trainings for CEU or professional development hours
    3. Early Ed U Alliance is providing access to its media library free of charge for a limited time

    TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE

    EEC is assessing demand for laptops to engage in online professional development. Please complete the Educator Survey to indicate your need. You can go directly to the survey to complete it by clicking here. We have also created Spanish version of the survey and it can be found by clicking here.

    If you are a student attending a public community college for your CDA or Associate's degree, you may be eligible for utilization of technology while enrolled as a student. To find out more, contact your community college or click here to learn more about early educator career pathways programs at Massachusetts Community Colleges.

    If you are not currently enrolled as a student, you may be eligible for support through your local library or United Way. Boston.com is also maintaining a list of numerous resources which you may find helpful here.

    FOR CENTER DIRECTORS/FCC PROVIDERS

    Massachusetts Shared Services provides business resources, opportunities for engaging with families, ideas for curriculum, help with QRIS and much more. The website (www.sharedservicesma.org) can be translated into a number of languages. Many of the resources are in English and Spanish.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    EMPLOYMENT

    I am now unemployed because my early learning program has closed. How can I find work in early childhood during this time?

    EEC has partnered with Care.com to connect Massachusetts educators with families of essential workers to provide in-home support. Through this partnership, EEC is supporting families with accessing educators who have been recently employed with EEC licensed programs and have completed the Background Record Check (BRC) Requirements. To learn more about finding employment opportunities visit mass.care.com .

    What unemployment benefits are available to me at this time?

    Early educators and staff whose workplaces have shut down due to the coronavirus may be eligible for unemployment assistance. EEC is updating our unemployment insurance information in real time as new guidance becomes available. Please visit our financial support page for the latest information.

    PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS CERTIFICATION

    I was working on completing my EEC Teacher Qualifications Practicum Requirements prior to the COVID-19 closures. What should I do now regarding completing the remainder of my hours for graduation?

    The Department of Early Education and Care has released a guidance document for college students, high school students, and institutes of higher education on how to manage students’ practicum requirements at this time. Click here to view the guidance .

    Will there be consideration for other reasons that students could not complete the 75 hours, such as early spring break, school snow days, delays, public schools vacation, etc?

    This wavier is only related to COVID-19 program closures.

    If a student works in the field in a licensed program, can those hours count in conjunction with practicum?

    The answer to this question depends on whether or not the college would approve or provide recommendation for this experience. If not, we would enter it separately as work experience and not a practicum.

    If someone has less than 75 hours of practicum what do they need to do to complete, as they won’t be eligible for a waiver?

    The educator must complete the entire 150 hours as they did not meet the requirements for the waiver.

    I want to submit my application to the Professional Qualifications Unit for my initial, or a new, Teacher Certification level. What should I do?

    EEC’s Professional Qualifications Unit is processing all applications mailed to the EEC 51 Sleeper Street Office in Boston. Approved educators will receive their certificates via email. Please be aware, due to the state of emergency there will be a delay in returning incomplete applications. If you are unable to mail your application but have all of the required documentation, EEC will accept electronically scanned applications. Please see the Professional Certification Assistance & Resources section (above) for instructions on how to submit electronically.

    I was in the process of becoming EEC Certified, however, due to COVID-19 closures with non-emergency child care programs I was not able to complete my general work experience requirements. Will EEC consider this when I submit for certification?

    If an educator completed virtual classroom activities and received Supervision during the COVID-19 closure period beginning 3/23/2020, then work experience will be accepted. Supervisors must complete the COVID-19 General Work Experience Form attesting to these requirements.

    EDUCATION

    Is the ECE Scholarship program available this year?

    The ECE Scholarship program is available this year and has opened April 1st for applicants. In light of the COVID-19 circumstances, the application deadline has been extended through July 1st, 2020. For additional information, or to apply, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website. Eligibility exceptions will be made for educators who have recently been laid off due to program closures.

    Where can I go for more information about taking college courses?

    In partnership with the Massachusetts Community Colleges, EEC is supporting early educators’ access to college courses. You can find more information at our StrongStart to Early Educator Career Pathways page.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    I would like to use this time to complete my professional development requirements. Where can I go to access online professional development?

    EEC has created the Strong Start Online Professional Development System to provide access to the EEC Essentials, a package of health and safety, and child development, trainings. Online workshops are also available through the Professional Development Centers. Visit eecstrongstart.org for a calendar of online events.

    I do not have access to technology to take trainings online or I am not comfortable using technology. Where can I find support?

    Please contact your local Professional Development Center to inquire about accessing a laptop to engage in online professional development activities.

    EDUCATOR WELLNESS

    How can I keep myself well during this time?

    Make sure you feel connected to someone and keep consistent routines. Stay connected to other staff to brainstorm ideas around support for families during this unprecedented time and to provide emotional support for each other. Finding wellness resources are great ways of taking care of yourself. You can find tips at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) website .

    ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

    How do I stay informed about new EEC guidance?

    The best way to stay informed is by visiting the EEC website, where COVID-19 resources and information are being regularly updated. Additionally, you are encouraged to sign up for the Commissioner’s newsletters by clicking here to subscribe.

    I am in need of support for myself and my family. Where do I go?

    Massachusetts has many supports and resources for families. Several places where you can go to find out more is: