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.

EEC will continue paying subsidies and parent fees for our subsidized cases for the duration of the closure.

To slow the spread of the coronavirus, all families should keep children out of group care settings to the greatest extent possible. Emergency Child Care Programs are for when all other non-group-care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options.

In light of Governor Baker's March 23 emergency order, priority access to emergency child care will be given to vulnerable children and the children of families designated as "COVID-19 Essential Workforces," with emphasis on those in the health care, public health, and human services and law enforcement, public safety, and first responder fields.

Parents must contact emergency child care programs directly to arrange for emergency care.

Please click here to download the parent forms needed for child care drop-off.

What to Know About Program Closure

During the time of mandated emergency COVID-19 closure, the following measures will be in place to attempt to ensure that programs will be able to re-open once the crisis is over:

  • The temporary closure of all child care programs will not impact any parent’s eligibility for care
  • Parents who receive child care subsidies will not lose their vouchers
  • Parent fees for children enrolled through EEC subsidized child care will be waived

We are working with our provider network to compile educational resources for families at home with children during this challenging time.


What to Know About Emergency Child Care Programs