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The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides services for children in Massachusetts through a mixed delivery system, which includes child care centers, out-of-school time programs, family child care homes, public preschool programs, private school preschool and kindergarten, and Head Start programs. EEC is responsible for licensing early education and care and out-of-school time programs throughout Massachusetts and for providing child care financial assistance to low-income families with children birth through 12 years of age. In addition, EEC provides support for information and referral services, inclusive programming for children with special needs, parenting and family support, and professional development opportunities for educators in the early education and out-of-school time fields. These efforts affect thousands of early education and out-of-school time providers, who serve more than 275,000 children each day. In its broadest role, EEC also serves as a source of information to the families of more than one million children in Massachusetts.

Governing Laws:


MGL C. 15D S. 1-16
Purpose and policies


102 CMR 1-8
Standards for the Licensure
102 CMR 12
Dependent Care and Assistance Program
606 CMR 10
Subsidized Child Care
606 CMR 14
Background Record Checks