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The Department of Early Education and Care is holding a public comment period regarding proposed changes to its regulations.
11/17/2023
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In accordance with G.L. c. 30A, the Board of Early Education and Care (EEC) is proposing amendments to its regulations found at 606 CMR 15.00, pursuant to its authority under G.L. c. 15D §§ 3 and 18. The proposed regulation amendments are to the Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund Grant Program.

EEC has received feedback that administration of both large and small grant awards is needed to support the early education and out of school time field. As such, regulatory action is required to continue a hybrid approach that will permit EEC to administer smaller grants for this grant round, as well as the flexibility to administer both large and small grants on a permanent basis. 

The proposed draft amendments propose to change the current regulations as follows:

  • Allow the Commissioner to shorten the length of time of an EEOST grant to be less burdensome for the smaller grant awards.  606 CMR 15.04(2)(c)​.
  • Allow the Commissioner to adjust grant recapture terms to reflect the shorter length of the grants, where applicable. 606 CMR 15.04(2)(d).
  • Allow the Commissioner to waive the requirements for a recorded Mortgage Lien and Land Use Restriction against the property on which the capital improvements are being made for the smaller grant awardees. 606 CMR 15.04(2)(e) and (f). 

The purpose of these amendments is to allow EEC-licensed early education and out of school time programs to finance capital improvements. 

EEC will accept comments on the proposed regulations via e-mail to christine.mcgrath@mass.gov, or in writing to Department of Early Education and Care, 50 Milk Street, 14th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 ATTN: EEOST REGULATIONS:  LEGAL until 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2023.  To obtain a copy of the proposed regulations, please visit EEC’s website at www.mass.gov/eec

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