To slow the spread of coronavirus,
Governor Baker issued an emergency order temporarily closing all early childhood education
programs across the State of Massachusetts. The closure remains in place until May 4, 2020
and may be extended as needed 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
Emergency child care programs authorized by EEC will be the only child care programs that are allowed to operate during this
time. This prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service.
In light of the
separate March 23 order designating certain “Essential Workforces,” priority access to
emergency child care shall be given to vulnerable children, and the children of families
"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.
Guidance for Families
Guidance for Providers
Frequently Asked Questions