On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Reopening Massachusetts, a comprehensive phased plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Child care and youth-serving programs are a critical component in getting the Commonwealth back to work.

An inter-departmental collaboration, The Health and Safety Working Group, established the Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach: Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. You will find the most up-to-date regulations, and supplemental guidance related to this approach below.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the need for Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety, EEC has created Interim Regulations that provide further information about which regulations have been temporarily amended during this time.

EEC looks forward to engaging extensively and collaboratively with program staff and others to receive feedback, insights, and guidance to ensure supports are in place for programs and providers to meet the Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. EEC thanks the field for their continued dedication, partnership, and patience as we all work together to reopen safely while protecting the health and welfare of all children, families, and staff.