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New Child Care Licensing Regulations Will Go into Effect January 2010!

white space At its April meeting, the EEC Board approved promulgation of the revised regulations for family child care homes and group and school age child care  programs.  The new regulations will become effective in January 2010.  In the interim,  EEC will continue to develop resources to help licensees meet the new requirements.  Below is an unofficial copy of the regulations approved by the EEC Board so that licensees can also begin preparing to implement them.  Although EEC does not anticipate any additional substantive changes in these regulations before they go into effect, we cannot guarantee that that will be the case.  
  • View a unofficial copy of the approved regulations:

    In English   pdf document    Word document       In Spanish/Español   pdf document    Word document       In Portuguese/Português   pdf document    Word document

  • NEW! Family Child Care Provider Regulation Training     pdf document    PowerPoint presentation

  • NEW! Group and School Age Child Care Provider Regulation Training     pdf document    PowerPoint presentation

  • Questions and answers about the new regulations    pdf document    Word 2007 document

  • NEW! Questions and Answers from Provider Trainings, 12/11/2009    pdf document    Word document

  • Updated timetable for implementation of the proposed regulations    pdf document    Word document

  • Resource Packet: Positive Interactions    pdf document    Word document

    • A Technical Assistance Paper on the importance of positive interactions in promoting children's growth.    pdf document    Word document

    • A Self-Evaluation Observation that educators can use to identify areas where they are doing well, and where they might improve their interactions with children.    pdf document    Word document

    • A Supervisory Observation form that supervisory staff can use to identify areas where their staff are doing well, and where they might improve their interactions with children.    pdf document    Word document

    • A List of Internet Resources for more information on interactions.    pdf document    Word document



  • Resource Packet: Progress Reports    pdf document    Word document

    • Progress Reports Power Point on the basics of doing progress reports.
      (Please be sure to view the speaker notes when viewing the PowerPoint presentation.)    pdf document    Microsoft PowerPoint icon image

    • Progress Reports how progress reports help educators learn about each child, plan activities to meet the child’s needs, and partner with parents.    pdf document    Word document

    • Documenting Progress with Portfolios how portfolios can be used to document children’s progress.    pdf document    Word document

    • Progress Reports for School Age Children.    pdf document    Word document

    • Communicating with Parents suggestions about how to share information with parents about their children.    pdf document    Word document

    • The Importance of Developmental Milestones why observing developmental milestones is important.    pdf document    Word document

    • A List of Internet Resources for more information on common assessment tools.    pdf document    Word document

    • Sample Progress Report Forms that can be adapted for your program:

      • Infant, toddler, preschool sample    pdf document    Word document

      • Infant, toddler sample    pdf document    Word document

      • School age sample 1    pdf document    Word document

      • School age sample 2    pdf document    Word document

      • 1 page sample    pdf document    Word document


  • Resource Packet: Curriculum
    • Quiet Activities for children who do not sleep    pdf document    Word document

    • Field Trip Planning with Checklist    pdf document    Word document

    • Gross Motor Activities without Playground Equipment    pdf document    Word document

    • NEW! A technical assistance paper on Multi-Age Grouping    pdf document    Word document


  • Resource Packet: Health & Safety
    • Diabetes and Early Education and Care    pdf document    Word document

    • Epilepsy and Early Education and Care    pdf document    Word document

    • NEW! Why Oral Health Matters for Children in Massachusetts    pdf document    Word document

    • NEW! A PowerPoint on Oral Health in Child Care    pdf document    PowerPoint presentation
      (Please be sure to view the speaker notes when viewing the PowerPoint presentation.)

    • NEW! Growing Healthy Smiles in the Child Care Setting
      (a resource from the Office of Oral Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

    • NEW! Medication Administration Training
      • Beginning in January, 2010, new regulations require that all licensed family child care, group and school age programs: Implement a plan to administer medications as ordered by a child’s health care practitioner; have at least one educator with training in medication administration present at all times when children are in care; ensure that all educators (even those not giving medications) receive training in recognizing common side effects of medications.

      • For additional provisions regarding medications and individual health needs, see the proposed regulations at 7.11(1 – 3).

      • The Brainshark presentation (see link, below) is the training required for educators administering medication after January, 2010.
        • Medication Administration Training with Sound Narration (for high speed Internet connection) (click here)
        • Medication Administration Training with No Sound Narration (for low speed Internet connection) (click here)    
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        NOTE: For best use, choose the "notes pages" version to print. This will provide copies of the narration text, in addition to the slides.

    • Questions and Answers about Medication Administration    pdf document    Word document