Apply for child care financial assistance

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides financial assistance for families in need. In order to be eligible for funding, you and your family must meet certain requirements. You may be placed on waiting list if funding is unavailable.

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What you need

You can apply for EEC financial assistance if you and your family meet the income and activity requirements. Your eligibility is reassessed every year.

Income Requirement

Your household income must be at or below 50% of the state median income (SMI) when you are first considered for funding. Use the SMI Income Eligibility chart to see if you meet the criteria.

If you or your child has a documented disability or special need, your household income must be at or below 85% of the SMI when you are first considered.

Activity Requirement

You need to meet one of the three requirements:

  • Working, seeking employment, or enrolled in an education or training program (not including graduate, law, or medical school) for at least 20 hours per week for part-time care, and at least 30 hours per week for full-time care.

  • Retired and older than 65.

  • You or your child has a diagnosed and documented disability or special need.

You can only fulfill the activity requirement with your disability or special need for 2 years. After this time, you will need to fulfill the requirement either by working, seeking employment, or enrolled in an education or training program (see requirement 1) or being retired and older than 65.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, call Mass 211 or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency.

If funding is available, you need to complete an application and provide documents to determine if you are eligible. If funding is not available, you may be placed on the waitlist by Mass 211 or your CCR&R.

Next steps

  1. You're placed on the waitlist

    While on the waitlist, you will be sent:

    • A confirmation letter with your household ID number, which is the ID number that is used when referring to your application

    • A renewal letter asking you to confirm that you wish to remain on the waitlist if you have been on the waitlist for 1 year.

    If you don't respond to any of these letters or 3 financial assistance offers, your family will be removed from the waitlist and EEC will send you a removal letter. You can ask to be put back on the waitlist:

    • If you call Mass 211 or your CCR&R within 30 days of removal, your name may be placed back on the waitlist with your original application date.  
    • If you call Mass 211 or your CCR&R after 30 days of removal, you will be placed back on the waitlist with a new application date.
  2. Keep us updated

    You can update your record, view your waitlist status, and see your notification history on EEC's Self Service Waitlist Application Tool anytime. If you do not have your username and password, please contact Mass 211 or your CCR&R to update your information.

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Phone

211

All calls are free and confidential.

All calls are free and confidential.

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Address

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

Phone

Main Office (617) 988-6600

Fax

(617) 988-2451

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