Special Board Meeting on the State of Early Education and Care in the Commonwealth
The Board of Early Education and Care will hold a special meeting on October 28th, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Worcester Historical Museum (30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609) for the sole purpose of holding a hearing for the public to provide its views on the state of early education and care, what works well and what needs improvement, and the steps we should be taking to address the challenges going forward. If you are unable to attend this meeting you are welcome to submit written public comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Commissioner Tom Weber briefed the Board on the state of early education and care in Massachusetts at the EEC Board meeting held on October 14th. You are encouraged to review the State of Early Education and Care in Massachusetts file size 1MB . Read the full message from Board Chair Jay Gonzalez.
Notice of Public Hearings on the Proposed Amendments to the Restraint and Seclusion Regulations in Residential Programs
The Department has scheduled three public hearings on its proposal to amend its restraint and seclusion regulations in residential programs. Public comments regarding the proposed revisions will be accepted at public hearings. In addition, comments will be accepted via e-mail to EEC at email@example.com, or in writing at 51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor, Boston, 02210 until 5:00 p.m., November 21, 2014.
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 , Portuguese , Chinese and Haitian Creole .
In addition, please be reminded that you have until close of business on Friday January 17, 2014 to submit public comment on these regulations.
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).
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.
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.
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