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.

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 options.

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 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.

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