COVID-19 Testing: Child Care Settings

Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) offers a variety of COVID-19 testing options for the Massachusetts child care community.

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Testing for Child Care Programs

EEC is launching Testing for Child Care, a testing initiative that will provide EEC-affiliated child care programs access to free COVID-19 tests, resources, training, and protocols. This program will enable providers to help ensure children and staff have access to COVID-19 testing and can safely continue attending care. This program is designed to help minimize program closures while maximizing health and safety.   

All EEC-licensed and approved child care providers that would like free rapid antigen tests, training, and implementation support and resources can sign up with Neighborhood Villages now through this form. 

For more information, contact Neighborhood Villages: or call
English: 508-443-1065 Español: 617-336-8058

Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline: by calling 857-488-4418 or via email at 

To date, more than 50% of the Commonwealth’s licensed child care programs are participating in the Testing for Child Care Program. Enrollments are still be accepted.

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Pooled Covid-19 Testing for Early Education Sector

Early education programs across the state can now test all staff, educators, and children (3 years and older) weekly. Neighborhood Villages, with funding from EEC, is offering a no-cost pooled testing program to all Massachusetts EEC-licensed programs, both center-based and family child care providers. Learn more.

EEC COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Sites

Eligibility: Those eligible for no-cost COVID-19 testing include enrolled children, child care providers /staff, as well as household members who have: 

  • COVID-19 symptoms 

  • Have had close contact with anyone with COVID-19, OR 

  • Have had possible exposure to anyone with COVID-19 

No appointment is necessary. EEC provider license # is required at the time of the test.

Please note that EEC's COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols and Guidelines outline that PCR testing is not required to return to child care following quarantine or isolation periods due to COVID-19. Where testing is an option to return to care, tests can be rapid antigen for children aged 2 years old or older per FDA authorization.

Results: Turn-around time for test results is 24-48 hours. 

About the Test: The testing sites, operated by Visit Healthcare , will provide no-cost PCR tests using a simple lower nose swab. Test results will be sent through a secure online portal in 48 hours or less which will support programs to react quickly to symptoms and possible exposures. 

COVID-19 Testing Available: Questions? Please call 1-866-888-4003 

Schedule with Massachusetts Covid-19 testing locations
  • Braintree at 250 Granite St. (South Shore Plaza, moved to near the Nordstrom back parking lot)
  • Tewksbury at 365 East Street, Parking Lot S (Enter on Livingstone and Greenhouse Street)

The Baker-Polito Administration announced it will cover the costs of COVID-19 testing at sites dedicated to early education providers. In January 2021, the Administration partnered with private and philanthropic funders, including supporters from the Massachusetts Early Education Funder Collaborative and BayCoast Bank, to launch a pilot COVID-19 testing program dedicated to providing on-demand PCR testing to child care providers and the families they serve to ensure easy access to testing when there is suspected COVID-19 exposure. EEC offers eight rotating drive-through testing sites throughout the Commonwealth, which are only open only to child care providers, enrolled children, and individuals affiliated with programs.

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Find a MA COVID-19 Test Near You

Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is widely available in Massachusetts. Find a site near you.