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Below are current announcements from the Department of Early Education and Care.
IMPORTANT: EEC LEAD Phase 3 is Going LIVE on 7/25! (Message Posted: 06/28/2018)
Please Note: There will be limited access to LEAD from July 20 to 25, 2018

LEAD Phase 3 is going live on July 25, 2018. At that time, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will use LEAD for all licensing functions. This means that you will be able to use the LEAD “Provider Portal” for all licensing activities, including submitting an application for a new license or to renew a license.

In order to make the system changes needed to go live with LEAD Phase 3, EEC will temporarily freeze access to LEAD over a period of approximately four (4) days, from Friday July 20, 2018 at 5pm until Wednesday July 25, 2018 at 9am. This means that you will not be able to log in to the LEAD Provider Portal during this time. In the event that you need to submit a mandatory report to your licensor during that time (such as an illness, injury, or incident report) please call your licensor to notify them that you need to submit a report to EEC. Your licensor will instruct you on how to submit the documentation to them during the period in which LEAD is temporarily closed.

If you do not yet have login credentials for the LEAD Provider Portal, please contact your EEC licensor to set up a new user account. If you already have an account in the LEAD Provider Licensing Portal, you may login online.

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Background Record Check Software (Message Posted: 03/19/2018)

As a result of significant changes to Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) must enhance its Background Record Check requirements by September 30, 2018 with the ability to phase in certain requirements through September 30, 2020. In order to support these changes EEC is designing a new software application called “BRC Navigator” to expedite and streamline its background check processes.

The Baker-Polito Administration also recently filed legislation to comply with the federal requirements, and EEC has proposed amendments to its BRC regulations at 606 CMR 14.00 et seq. The upcoming BRC changes will apply to all child care programs licensed or approved by EEC or in receipt of CCDBG funding (i.e., in receipt of a voucher agreement or contract for subsidized child care).

Five of the major changes being implemented by September 30, 2018 include the following:

  1. EEC will review all record information, including criminal and child welfare (DCF) information and will communicate directly with all candidates.
  2. Fingerprinting must occur at the beginning of the BRC process.
  3. National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Information checks will be implemented for child care programs (not applicable to Residential Programs and Foster Care Placement or Adoption Agencies).
  4. There will be mandatory disqualifications applied to individuals within child care programs (not applicable to Residential Programs and Foster Care Placement or Adoption Agencies).
  5. Family child care providers, assistants, household members, and persons regularly on the premises must have their consent forms notarized
This chart of the upcoming changes to EEC's Background Record Check requirements provides important information on how the changes will apply to the different types of EEC-licensed or funded programs.
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