Coronavirus Update (March 18, 2020) Guidance related to Early Childhood Education Programs
Governor Baker has ordered all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts to suspend providing childcare by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This will remain in effect until April 6, 2020. At the same time, the Department of Early Education and Care (“EEC”) is establishing a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens.This approach prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work during this pandemic. You can find the link to the announcement here. Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be the only child care programs that are allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Child care providers who are able to begin providing Emergency Child Care must begin the approval process by signing up through EEC’s online form:
Providers who have subsidized children and remain closed will continue to receive child care subsidy payments from the state; the Commonwealth will also temporarily cover the cost of parent fees for our subsidized enrollment. This attempts to ensure that programs will be able to re-open once the crisis is over.
Parents who receive subsidies will not lose their vouchers.
This closure does not apply to residential and placement schools.
All workshops and social functions for the year have been canceled. We are working on setting up workshops as webinars. Those invitations will be emailed directly to members.
Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe.
The Family Childcare Association (FCCA) is a not-for-profit professional organization of dedicated volunteers who work on behalf of licensed family childcare educators. These volunteers donate their time and energy to make family child care a visible and respected profession.
Membership for licensed family child care educators
Licensed Family Childcare providers in the Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Woburn, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington and surrounding areas in Massachusetts.
How did the FCCA begin? Two Licensed Family Child Care Providers founded the FCCA in 1979. The purpose was to unite people having similar interests in childcare, and provide them with the opportunity to meet and share ideas. The objectives of the Association are to assist in maintaining the highest quality of care that promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional, social development of children.