EEC COVID-19 Resources and Information

EEC and the Department of Public Health (DPH) work closely with, stakeholders, medical experts, and state and federal partners to develop solutions that balance the needs of children and families with public health and safety. EEC-licensed programs should continue to make decisions based on available public health data, including levels of community COVID-19 risk.

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Health & Safety Guidance

COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Settings

EEC will be providing free rapid antigen tests to child care providers through another quarterly shipment in December, which will provide tests for the months of December, January, and February. Beginning today, programs may request tests for the next shipment through this new form. Programs must submit their request by Friday, December 2 to receive a December shipment. Shipments will begin the first week of December. 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, please call 781-305-4389 or email 

Para pedir pruebas en español, haga click aquí. 

The EEC COVID-19 Healthline is available, in English and Spanish, to EEC-affiliated programs to support COVID-19-related inquiries and support the implementation of testing guidance. Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline: 857-488-4418 or via this online form.

The federal government has extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Operation Expanded Testing through December 31, 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 .


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. 


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 by clicking here.