On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Reopening Massachusetts, a comprehensive, phased plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Child care and youth serving programs are a critical component in getting the Commonwealth back to work.

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has authorized that child care programs may begin the steps to reopen the week of June 15, 2020. All licensed and approved child care programs, including Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs (EECCPs), are required to submit a Reopening Plan and Attestation Form.

In the section below you will find existing guidance and templates to help you through the reopening process. EEC looks forward to engaging extensively and collaboratively with program staff and others to receive feedback, provide clarity, and address concerns. EEC thanks the field for their continued dedication, partnership, and patience as we all work together to reopen safely while protecting the health and welfare of all children, families, and staff.

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