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The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is currently revising the MA Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) standards as a means of improving the system. EEC is holding a series of regional meeting in November 2016 where researchers from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) will present the findings from the MA QRIS Validation Study and recommendations for modifications to the standards, and solicit feedback from the field. EEC invites you to participate in one of these meetings.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: CCFA BILLING WILL "GO LIVE" ON JULY 1, 2016
Please be advised that on July 1, 2016, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will fully transition to using the Billing module in the Child Care Financial Assistance System (CCFA). READ MORE.
The official regulations were published on January 1, 2016 and are now effective. Please be advised that these regulations are not the official version of the regulations. As is the case with all state regulations, the official versions are available from the Secretary of State's State Publications and Regulations Division, through the State Bookstore, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133 or by calling (617) 727-2834. Official regulations also may be ordered from the State Bookstore on-line at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catidx.htm. While EEC strives to keep the regulations included on this site current, that is not always possible. In the case of any discrepancy between the version on this site, and the official Code of State Massachusetts Regulations published by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State's version takes precedence.
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.