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News EEC to Expand DCF Short Term Child Care Initiative

10/30/2019
  • Department of Early Education and Care
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

BostonThe Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) intend to expand the Short Term Child Care initiative. The purpose of the Short Term Child Care initiative is to provide temporary, short-term child care during standard business hours for children in DCF custody who are awaiting foster care placement.   

The Short Term Child Care Initiative has been available since May 2019, first in communities near ten DCF areas offices and was expanded to ten more area offices as of October 1, 2019.  As of January 1, 2020, it is expected that the program will be expanded to all DCF area offices.

DCF has posted a contract solicitation on COMMBUYS under bid number BD-19-1034-0009-DSS09-36945Providers should first read the  Provider Letter posted under the bid on COMMBUYS as it gives an overview the program and offices we are currently seeking to serve.

Any interested bidders must use COMMBUYS to apply. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 22, 2019.

DCF will hold two meetings for interested providers as follows:

  • November 6, 2019 from 10 am -12 pm at the Child Welfare Institute and Development Center at 225 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772.
  • November 15, 2019 from 10 am -12 pm at DCF's Southern Regional Office at 110 Mulberry Street, Brockton, MA 02302

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Bethanie Glass at Bethanie.Glass@Mass.gov.

Department of Early Education and Care 

The Department of Early Education and Care's mission is to support the healthy growth and development of all children by providing high quality programs and resources for families and communities.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.
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