On May 18, 2020 Governor Baker, the state’s Reopening Task Force and EEC released the plan for the phased reopening of the Commonwealth. Click here to learn more about the phased reopening of the state’s child care system. (English) (Espanol)

To slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Baker has temporarily closed all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts. The closure remains in place until June 29, 2020 and may be extended as needed.

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.

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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