Apply for a Family Child Care provider license

Family Child Care takes place in a provider's home. Find out how to apply for licensure.

Department of Early Education and Care

The Details

What you need

Before you apply for a Family Child Care license, you must:

  • Attend a mandatory Potential Provider meeting at one of the EEC Regional Offices.  At this meeting, EEC licensing staff will inform you of the requirements to become licensed. Find an upcoming meeting by contacting your local EEC Regional Office or online using the EEC Professional Development calendar. (Filter the search results using the "EEC Pre-Service/Licensing Requirements” tab and select 'Potential Provider Meeting' to narrow your search.)
  • Attend an in person Orientation Training given by an agency in the Commonwealth. Find an orientation online using the EEC Professional Development calendar or by contacting your local EEC Regional Office.

 

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Family Child Care License $100 each
Family Child Care License Renewal $100 each
Certified Family Child Care License Assistant Application $75 each
Family Child Care License Upgrade (within license or certificate period) $25 each
Family Child Care License Change of Address $100 each
Regular Family Child Care Assistant Application $0 each

How to apply

EEC provides the license application form at the Potential Provider meeting.  Include the following with your application:

  • A check or money order made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the application fee.
  • A copy of the certificate of attendance from the Potential Provider meeting.
  • A copy of the certificate of attendance from the in-person Orientation Training.
  • A completed background record check request form for you and any household members 15 years or older.
  • A copy of your current certification for First Aid and Child & Infant CPR.
  • A copy of your Physical Exam from the past year that includes proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, & Rubella.
  • Proof of completion of all the required training.
  • Documentation of registering in EEC's Professional Qualifications Registry (PQR).

Once EEC receives your full application and fee, we'll contact you to go over your application and schedule a Pre-Licensing Visit to your program.

More info

License exemption

In some cases, your program may not require a license. If you think that your child care program is exempt from licensure, submit the Licensing Exemption Request Application to an EEC office for approval.

If you have any questions, contact your regional EEC office.

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Contact

Address

51 Sleeper St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

Phone

Main Office (617) 988-6600

Fax

(617) 988-2451

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