Learn about the waitlist for child care financial assistance

If you are looking for financial assistance for child care you can apply for a subsidy from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Due to limited funding, you may be placed on a waitlist.

What to know

EEC keeps a waitlist of families who are interested in receiving child care financial assistance, and notifies them when funding becomes available. Families can register for the waitlist through Mass 211 or a Child Care Resource & Referral agency (CCR&R).

While on the waitlist, you will be sent:

  • A confirmation letter with your household ID number, which is the ID number that is used when referring to your application.

  • A renewal letter asking you to confirm that you wish to remain on the waitlist if you have been on the waitlist for 1 year.

If you don't respond to any of these letters or 3 financial assistance offers, your family will be removed from the waitlist and EEC will send you a removal letter. You can ask to be put back on the waitlist:

  • If you call Mass 211 or your CCR&R within 30 days of removal, your name may be placed back on the waitlist with your original application date.  
  • If you call Mass 211 or your CCR&R after 30 days of removal, you will be placed back on the waitlist with a new application date.

What if my information changes?

You can update your record, view your waitlist status, and see your notification history on EEC's Self Service Waitlist Application Tool anytime. If you do not have your username and password, please contact Mass 211 or your CCR&R to update your information.

What happens when financial assistance becomes available

When funding becomes available, you will receive a funding availability letter either for:

  • An income eligible contracted slot available through a specific program.
  • A voucher available through your local CCR&R that can be used at any program that can accept state subsidy payments (approved by CCR&R).

Funding availability letters are issued according to waitlist application dates. You must call within 15 days of receiving the letter to schedule an appointment or let us know that you are not interested.

It is important to call quickly because other children are still waiting for a space. Be sure to tell us if you have another child that needs care, because there might be funding available for them too.

EEC financial assistance only pays for a portion of the daily child care cost. Most families have a co-payment according to their income and family size. The Parent Co-Payment Chart is used to determine the parent's co-payment.

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