Apply for a Small Group and School Age Child Care license

Small Group and School Age Child Care licenses allow you to care for up to 10 children in a community-based setting outside the home. If you want to start a program and get a license, contact your local Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) office.

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What you need for Apply for a Small Group and School Age Child Care license

You need a Small Group and School Age Child Care license if you want to care for up to 10 children regularly outside of your home. To get your license, you need to meet certain health, safety, educational, and operational requirements, including:

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Fees for Apply for a Small Group and School Age Child Care license

Name Fee Unit
Provisional Small Group and School Age Child Care License $150 each
Small Group and School Age Child Care License Renewal $175 each

How to apply Apply for a Small Group and School Age Child Care license

To begin the licensing application process, you need to attend a Potential Provider meeting. To find an upcoming meeting, contact your local EEC Regional Office or use the EEC Professional Development calendar. (Filter the search results to just “Potential Provider Meetings” using the “EEC Pre-Service/Licensing Requirements” tab.)  At this meeting, EEC licensing staff will discuss the requirements that your program must meet and the process to become licensed.

If you wish to apply for a Small Group and School Age Child Care program license, you must do so through EEC's Licensing Education Analytic Database (LEAD) system. To obtain a new user account on LEAD, contact the regional EEC licensing office that is closest to where you intend to operate your program.

All required application materials must be submitted to EEC through LEAD. Once your complete application is received by EEC, a licensor will contact you to schedule a licensing visit. 

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License exemption

In some cases, a program that meets specific criteria may be exempt from EEC licensure. Before you open your program, please contact your local EEC office to find out if your program is required to have a EEC license to operate.

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1 Ashburton Place, Room 1403, Boston, MA 02108
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(617) 727-0049

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