The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has revised its Subsidized Child Care regulations, found at 606 CMR 10.00 et seq.  These revised regulations became effective on January 18th.  Key changes include:

  • subsidized child care hours are delinked from parents’ service need schedule,
  • new minimum hours of service need for “parent of or a child with a special need,
  • subsidies authorized under “parent of or a child with a special need”  are limited to two years but may be reauthorized, and
  • reassessments may be required for underutilized subsidies/excessive unapproved absences.

To assist interested parties, including families and early education and care providers, in better understanding these changes. EEC has created the following summary of the technical and substantive changes: Summary of Child Care Subsidy Regulations doc format of Child Care Regulations Financial Assistance Policies .

In addition, EEC has held several trainings across the state for child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs), contracted child care providers, Family Child Care Systems, and other interested parties on the changes in the Subsidy Regulations.  These trainings will be followed by a FAQ document and an on-line training expected to be released in February.  A copy of the presentation delivered at these trainings can be found here: 2013 Training on the Revised Child Care Subsidy Regulations ppt format of 2013 Training on the Revised Child Care Subsidy Regs file size 1MB .

Other Relevant documents are:

If you have any questions about the changes to EEC’s subsidized child care regulations, please do not hesitate to contact bulletinquestions@massmail.state.ma.us.