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Income Eligible Child Care Financial Assistance
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Information on the Request for Response

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is pleased to re-open the following Request for Responses (RFR) for contracts that provide child care financial assistance to income-eligible families throughout the state. EEC is re-opening this bid to provide contract slots in Athol, Orange, Northampton, Westfield, Framingham, Blechertown, and Waltham. Throughout the bidding process, you may visit this web page to obtain information and updates about the following:


EEC currently serves more than 14,000 children across the state through contracts that provide access to financial assistance to help families pay for early education and care services at participating programs.

This RFR is being re-opened for center-based and out-of-school-time slots in Athol, Orange, Northampton, Westfield, Framingham Belchertown, and Waltham only. Interested bidders will have until August 13, 2009 to submit RFR responses.

On-Line RFR Questionnaire & Bidder Registration
To begin the on-line RFR questionnaire, you must first identify your organization and indicate that you are interested in submitting a RFR response. If you represent an agency that offers care through multiple settings - e.g., group child care, school-age care and family child care systems - you will only need to complete the questionnaire once. If you represent an agency that operates in more than one EEC region, you will only need to complete the questionnaire once, but you must identify the program sites at which you expect to serve children through contracts.

If you have technical questions – e.g., password problems – about the on-line questionnaire, you may send an e-mail to procure@MassMail.state.ma.us or call 617-988-7834. If you have technical or programmatic questions about the RFR document or the RFR process, please submit those questions in writing at the above e-mail address.