Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending the temporary closure of all non-emergency childcare programs until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

This applies to group child care settings, both center- and family-based. The order does not apply to residential schools, community group homes, temporary shelters, transition-to-independent living facilities, teen parent programs, and DYS secure facilities.

EEC will continue paying subsidies and parent fees for our subsidized cases for the duration of the closure. Emergency child care programs authorized by EEC will serve children of families designated as COVID-19 Essential Workforce.

All families should keep children out of group care settings to the greatest extent possible to practice social distancing.

Early educators and staff whose workplaces have shut down due to the coronavirus may be eligible for unemployment assistance. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance is hosting Virtual Town Halls this week on how to apply. Click here to learn more.

Please also visit mass.gov/unemployment/COVID-19 for COVID-specific info.

If you wish to apply for a position at an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program please contact programs directly to inquire about potential positions.

We are working closely with the State to identify further supports for educators at this time. More information will be forthcoming.