For Immediate Release - December 30, 2013

Department of Early Education and Care’s Western Massachusetts Regional Office Moves to New Springfield Location

SPRINGFIELD – Friday, December 27, 2013 – The Department of Early Education and Care's Western Massachusetts regional office has relocated to 1441 Main Street, Suite 230 in Springfield.  The office is located in the same downtown area as previously, and will continue to serve the towns and cities in the Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden counties.  The new facility provides an updated environment with additional space for enhanced on-site services. 

"The Department of Early Education and Care is thrilled to continue its Western Massachusetts headquarters’ presence in the City of Springfield," said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber.  "Expanding access to high-quality early education and care across the Commonwealth -- creating opportunity for children and families while strengthening Massachusetts' economic security -- is a top priority of the Patrick Administration.  Western Massachusetts is home to a strong network of early education and care providers and advocates, and the Department is pleased to be part of this great community."

The new Springfield office location, which has a five-year lease term, includes conference room space for up to 50 persons that will be available to area organizations for community meetings or other services which benefit the early education and care field, local children, and their families.  The United Way of Pioneer Valley and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County are located in the same building. 

The Department of Early Education and Care's new Western Massachusetts office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Parking is available in a municipal lot on Dwight Street in Springfield. 

The Department of Early Education and Care has five regional office across the state that offer critical services for Massachusetts children and families, including licensing and monitoring early education and care and out of school time programs, technical assistance for individuals or programs seeking new licensure or approval, complaint investigation, educator professional development, and family and community engagement. 

The contact information for all Department of Early Education and Care offices is online at: http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/eec-offices-and-locations.html

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About the Department of Early Education and Care

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is the lead agency for the regulation of early education and care and out-of-school time programs in Massachusetts and for the administration of child care financial assistance to low-income and other at-risk families.  EEC licenses child care programs, residential programs, and adoption/foster care placement agencies, including over 10,000 family child care and group/school age child care programs across the Commonwealth.  EEC provides financial assistance for over 51,000 children to attend high-quality programs that support their growth, development and learning.  In addition, EEC provides support for information and referral services, inclusive programming for children with special needs, parenting and family support, and professional development opportunities for educators in the early education and out of school time fields.  EEC’s mission is to provide a system of early education and care and out-of-school time in Massachusetts that provides all children with the necessary foundation for healthy and positive educational development and lifelong success.