On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Reopening Massachusetts, a comprehensive phased plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Child care and youth-serving programs are a critical component in getting the Commonwealth back to work.

An inter-departmental collaboration, The Health and Safety Working Group, established the Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach: Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. You will find the most up-to-date regulations, regularly updated FAQs, and supplemental guidance related to this approach below.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the need for Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety, EEC has created Interim Regulations that provide further information about which regulations which have been temporarily amended during this time.

EEC looks forward to engaging extensively and collaboratively with program staff and others to receive feedback, insights, and guidance to ensure supports are in place for programs and providers to meet the Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. EEC thanks the field for their continued dedication, partnership, and patience as we all work together to reopen safely while protecting the health and welfare of all children, families, and staff.


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Please be advised that this version of the Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety (dated August 21, 2020) applies only to early education and care programs which operate during the school year, and does not include requirements related to recreational day camps and municipal or recreational youth programs not traditionally licensed as camps. Current requirements for Recreational Day Camps and Programs can be found at:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-information-for-local-boards-of-health or
https://www.mass.gov/lists/recreational-camps-for-children-community-sanitation