Governor Baker has recently issued COVID-19 Executive Order 49 which allows for EEC to support communities to expand safe, in-person supervision and supplemental care options for families with children enrolled in hybrid or remote learning.
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are working to support communities as they expand access to safe care and support options when children are enrolled in fully remote or hybrid learning models this school year.
A full overview of these expanded options can be found in the Joint Guidance provided by EEC and DESE: Care options for Hybrid and Remote Learning Models.
There are three ways that communities can support options for families to access additional support during remote learning activities. For more specific guidance and policies, please visit Remote Learning Policies and Processes.
EEC licensed programs should speak with their licensor and apply through their LEAD portal.
Programs looking to apply for the new Remote Learning Enrichment Program Exemption can submit an application here starting the week of August 31.
A Remote Learning Parent Cooperative may hire a tutor or other paid adult to support remote instruction without requiring EEC licensure if all of the above criteria are met AND the paid tutor or instructor is working only during the hours of the school day.
If a Remote Learning Parent Cooperative includes more than 5 families, employs a teacher or supervisory staff member without a parent or guardian on site, or employs a teacher or supervisory staff member outside of school hours, they must be licensed by EEC or receive a license-exemption prior to operating. More information on EEC licensure can be found here.