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.

All center-based child care and family child care programs were required to close by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Licensed programs that continue to operate without an emergency authorization will be deemed illegal.

Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be the only child care programs that are allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. These programs—authorized through a unique request and approval process—will support essential workers and vulnerable families that have no other option for childcare services.

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

Residential schools, community group homes, temporary shelters, transition-to-independent living facilities, teen parent programs, and DYS secure facilities are not required to close at this time.

CHILD CARE PROGRAM CLOSURE

Please use this sign to make your community aware.

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

  • Providers will continue to receive childcare subsidy payments from the state
  • Parent fees for children enrolled through EEC subsidized child care will be waived and EEC will communicate at a later date the process for reimbursement of this value

We encourage all our programs to be flexible with charging enrollment fees during this time. The state is providing financial assistance programs for small businesses, including child care providers, that may help programs offer that flexibility.

EMERGENCY CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Please know, this is not business as usual. Priority access to emergency child care must be given to vulnerable children and the children of families designated as "COVID-19 Essential Workforces, " with emphasis on those in the fields of health care, public health, and human services and law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.

Please read our updated fiscal policy for emergency child care programs.

Funding for emergency child care programs is not designed to cover the entire cost of operating. The intent is to help ease the fiscal burden on programs that have stepped forward and partnered with EEC to provide assistance to families in this unprecedented global health care crisis. This will be the operating standard in most cases.

If your program is working with a municipality or collaborating directly with a company/organization (ex: a hospital), please work with your regional office for site-specific information and approval.

Interested providers can complete the online application here and will be contacted by EEC staff as demand requires

Approved emergency child care programs that were previously enrolled in the Department of Early and Secondary Education (DESE) Child and Adult Care Food Program must notify their DESE consultant of their emergency approval in order to continue serving meals.