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

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

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

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.

 

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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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Address

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

Phone

Main Office (617) 988-6600

Fax

(617) 988-2451

Address

1 Ashburton Place, Room 1403, Boston, MA 02108

Fax

(617) 727-0049

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