• Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)

    Tom Weber, EEC Commissioner

    Thomas L. Weber, Commissioner

    Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s (EEC) website.   Whether you are a parent, family member, provider, educator or community leader, this website will provide you with information and resources to help support the Commonwealth’s youngest citizens.

    EEC’s mission is to support all children in their development as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and to support families in their essential work as parents and caregivers.  We are responsible for the licensing and regulation of approximately 11,000 family, group and school-age child care providers, as well as nearly 700 residential care programs and adoption/foster care placement agencies.  We also administer financial assistance for over 50,000 children to access high-quality early education and out-of-school time programs that support their developmental success, provide additional parenting resources and services for families, and support the professional development of educators in the early education and care field. 

    Access to high-quality early education and care is a top priority of the Patrick-Murray Administration.  Our young children are our future.  Their success as individuals is critical to our success as a Commonwealth.  

    Thank you for visiting and for your interest in our work on behalf of children and families.


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  • Department of Early Education and Care Seeks Public Comment Regarding New Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund Regulations

    At its meeting held on April 8, 2014, the Board of Early Education and Care voted to direct the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to seek Public Comment regarding EEC's new Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund regulations 606 CMR 15.00. (more )

  • Translations of New Background Record Checks are Now Available

    Please be advised that the New Background Record Checks, which became effective on an emergency basis on December 10, 2013, have been translated into Spanish pdf format of    BRC Revisions - Spanish PDF  , Portuguese pdf format of    BRC Revisions - Portuguese PDF  , Chinese pdf format of    BRC Revisions - Chinese PDF  and Haitian Creole pdf format of    BRC Revisions - Haitian PDF  .  

    In addition, please be reminded that you have until close of business on Friday January 17, 2014 to submit public comment on these regulations.  

    Notice of Public Comment : English pdf format of    Public Comment Notice BRC Regulations  , Spanish pdf format of    Public Comment Notice BRC Regulations - Spanish PDF  , Portuguese pdf format of    Public Comment Notice BRC Regulations - portuguese PDF  , Chinese pdf format of    Public Comment Notice BRC Regulations - Chinese PDF  , Haitian Creole pdf format of    Public Comment Notice BRC Regulations - Haitian PDF

  • New Background Record Check Regulations Are Effective Immediately

    At its December 10, 2013 meeting, the Board of Early Education and Care adopted amendments to the Department of Early Education and Care's (EEC) Criminal Offender and Other Background Record Checks regulations, 606 CMR 14.00. These amendments broaden the scope of the existing regulations by adding new requirements for fingerprint-based checks of national and state criminal history databases and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks from the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). 

  • Updated Information Regarding Upcoming Changes to Background Record Checks

    EEC will now require Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks and fingerprint-based national and state criminal history background checks -- in addition to the current Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) checks.   These new requirements will impact EEC’s licensed and funded programs such as  family child care, small/large group and school-age child care programs, residential and placement programs, adoptive and foster parents and EEC-funded caregivers.  SORI and fingerprint-based checks immediately apply to all new applications filed on or after September 1, 2013.    All individuals licensed or employed prior to September 1, 2013 will be required to undergo SORI and fingerprint-based checks before September 1, 2016.

  • Translations of Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Changes to Background Record Checks

  • Supports in Response to Traumatic Community Events

    The Department of Early Education and Care is deeply saddened by the traumatic events that occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon.  Your children, students, relatives, or other members of your community may understandably have questions or concerns in response to this tragedy.  There are several resources available that are designed to offer social and emotional support to those who need assistance with processing, understanding, or coping with tragedies or grief.  We hope that these materials may be of some assistance to you or someone you know who is affected by this tragedy.  Our thoughts and concern are with everyone affected during this very difficult time.

  • Revised Transportation Policy and Guidance for Transportation Oversight Plan

    The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has revised the Procedures for the Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Children by Transportation Providers, and Parent/Program Notification - 6.06 CMR 7.13 which went into effect December 12, 2011. Please be advised that the revised policy will become effective October 1, 2012.

  • This is a sign of future prosperity for everyone in Massachusetts

    Brain Building in Progress
    Whenever you see children interacting and learning in enriching environments, what you're really seeing is brain building in progress. The latest science shows that these early experiences actually build the architecture of the developing brain, and provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning, success and productive, responsible citizenship. Brain building is an investment in the economic prosperity of everyone in Massachusetts. EEC and the United Way have launched a joint initiative to provide more information on the science of brain building and why our future depends on it. View the public service announcement below, and visit www.brainbuildinginprogress.org to learn more.



    Watch the Public Service Announcement