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FAQs - Budget Impact on Child Care Financial Assistance

Special Notice       

During the current time of financial uncertainty, nationally and here in Massachusetts, many people have questions about how they will be able to pay for early education and care and after-school programs for their children. Below are brief answers to the two most commonly asked questions about financial assistance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to help eligible low-income, working families pay for such programs.

  • I currently receive financial assistance for early education and care or after-school programs for my children and I am concerned about what the economic slowdown means for me and my family.


    • At this time, and until further notice, EEC will continue to follow existing policies for all families currently enrolled in early education and care and after-school programs. So, while such assistance for children not yet enrolled in programs remains extremely limited, we do not anticipate that financial assistance for children already enrolled will be affected in the short-term.


    • We strongly encourage you to visit this website regularly for updates, as we will share more information as soon as it becomes available. If you have further questions, you may also contact the program that originally enrolled your child, i.e. your local child care provider, a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R), or a Community Partnership for Children Program (CPC).


  • My family is currently experiencing financial difficulty and I am seeking financial assistance for child care.


    • Due to the current state of the Commonwealth’s fiscal condition, access to child care financial assistance is extremely limited. Please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) for more information regarding financial assistance options, or to be placed on EEC’s centralized waiting list. Call the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network at 1-800-345-0131, or to locate a CCR&R for your community, visit http://www.masschildcare.org/local_ccrr.html.