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At the September 12, 2017 meeting of the Board of Early Education and Care, the Board voted to webcast upcoming meetings in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). A webcast is a live video broadcast over an internet connection, which will allow remote viewing of the meeting in real time. Each meeting will be webcast through a unique website address. You can watch the live broadcast of the October 10, 2017 Board meeting on YouTube.

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Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to EEC’s Background Record Checks Regulations

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is proposing to amend its regulations on background record checks (606 CMR 14.00) and licensure/approval of adoption and placement agencies (102 CMR 5.00), and is seeking public comment on the draft changes.  The deadline for submitting written comment on the changes to the background record checks regulations is January 8, 2018 at 5:00PM, and the deadline for submitting written comment on the changes to the licensure/approval of adoption & placement agencies is February 1, 2018 at 4:00PM.  EEC is also holding public hearings in January on the proposed regulation changes.  Please note that the current version of both 606 CMR 14.00 and 102 CMR 5.00 are still in effect.  The proposed amendments to EEC's regulations will not become effective until adopted by the Board of Early Education and Care and officially published in the Massachusetts Register for final promulgation.

Public Comment Period on QRIS

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) conducted a Validation Study of the MA QRIS, and in 2017 began making draft revisions to the MA QRIS based on the results of this study and feedback from the field.  EEC is now soliciting public comment on the proposed revisions to the MA QRIS.  After the public comment period is complete and all feedback has been reviewed and analyzed, EEC will present the proposed final version of the MA QRIS Standards to the Board of Early Education and Care.  The final version of the MA QRIS Standards will be posted to EEC’s website once completed and approved.

Important Information Regarding Background Record Check Requirements

EEC now requires Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks and fingerprint-based national and state criminal history background checks. All individuals licensed or employed prior to September 1, 2013 were required to undergo SORI and fingerprint-based checks before September 1, 2016.

In addition, beginning on January 27, 2017, EEC began using a unique identifier (EEC UID) to ensure that individuals cannot register for fingerprinting before receiving a Fingerprint Notification Letter. Fingerprint Notification Letters have been changed to include the individual’s EEC UID, which MorphoTrust will require during the fingerprint registration process. Licensees should reprint and provide current/prospective employees with a copy of their Fingerprint Notification Letter in order to properly register for fingerprinting with MorphoTrust IdentoGO.