Dept. of Early Ed. and Care Administration
Official Title: Dept. of Early Ed. and Care Administration
- Funding History
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) was created in 2005 to oversee early education and care services, and after-school programming. Massachusetts was the first state to create one agency to oversee early education and care services. Prior to the creation of EEC, administration of early childhood programs was split between two different agencies.
EEC administers programming which supports early education as well as family support. Programs such as Universal Pre-kindergarten, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services and Reach Out and Read provide support to entire families while striving to improve the quality of early education that children receive. EEC works with community partners providing funding and awarding contracts to local providers who deliver the direct services outlined in the programs. EEC works with the partners on training, quality, access, and other issues to improve service and then evaluates programs as part of the licensing process.
EEC is the licensing agency for around 12,000 early education and care programs including after school programs, group child care centers and family child care homes. EEC also licenses adoption placement agencies, foster placement agencies and residential care programs. EEC updates regulations striving to offer the highest quality programming possible. Improving quality and access while providing timely information are important goals for EEC.
Are you an expert in this area? Do you know someone who is? Let us know so that together we can make this the most up-to-date, useful resource on children's programs in Massachusetts.
- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Human Services
- Common Threads