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
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.