Health & Safety Guidance
Visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's guidance for children and staff in certain settings: COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care, K-12, Out-of-School Time (OST) and Recreational Camp/Program Settings
COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Settings
EEC-licensed providers can order COVID-19 tests quarterly from EEC, at no cost, through at least December 2022.
The agency’s next quarterly shipment will provide tests for the months of September, October, and November. Beginning Monday, August 15, programs will be able to request tests for the next shipment through this new form. Programs must submit their request by Wednesday, August 31 to receive a September shipment. Shipments will begin the first week of September. If a program needs an emergency shipment of tests after the next shipment, they should submit a request using the new form. For support with ordering tests, call 781-305-4389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EEC COVID-19 Healthline is available, in English and Spanish, to EEC-affiliated programs through August 2022 to support COVID-19-related inquiries and support the implementation of testing guidance. Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline: 857-488-4418 or EEChealthline@primary.health.
The federal government has extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Operation Expanded Testing through December 2022. Through federal funding, Operation Expanded Testing supports free PCR testing for child care programs and other educational settings. For more information about the program or to register for PCR tests for your child care program in Massachusetts, visit OperationExpandedTesting.com .
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children
People ages 6 months+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts should get a COVID-19 vaccine. People ages 5+ should get a booster.
Children Ages 6 months-4 Years Old
Children ages 6 months through 5 years old who live in Massachusetts are now able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. You don't need an ID or insurance to get the vaccine.
- DPH-EEC Letter to Child Care Providers (PDF) – On June 21, DPH and EEC provided EEC-licensed child care providers with a letter regarding the approval of COVID vaccines for children 6 months+-4 years old.
- DPH-EEC Letter to Families (PDF) – DPH and EEC provided programs with a template letter to share with families with children in child care regarding the approval of COVID vaccines for children 6 months+- 4 years old.etter to share with families with children in child care regarding the approval of COVID vaccines for children 6 months+.
For more resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, including for children aged 6 months - 4 years old, visit COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 4 years old.
Children Ages 5-11
Children ages 5 to 11 who live or go to school in Massachusetts are now eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine is safe, free and effective. You don't need identification or insurance to get it.
Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline with questions related to testing: by calling 857-488-4418 or via email at EEChealthline@primary.health
- COVID Closure Reporting
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
- Office of the Child Advocate: Covid-19 Resources for Early Childhood Educators
- Massachusetts Attorney General: Child care and Other Resources for Families