Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Date of Record: 05-25-22
Dear Early Education & Care Colleagues,
We want to provide you with an important update on COVID-19 protocols.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health, and Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, EEC has developed joint isolation and quarantine guidance for all programs serving children in child care, grades K-12, out-of-school time programs and recreational camp settings. This guidance aims to keep children in programs and in school as much as possible while promoting health and safety.
This guidance will replace EEC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols and Guidelines. EEC encourages all child care programs to incorporate this new quarantine and isolation guidance into their existing child care illness policies. Staff in child care and OST settings should adhere to protocols previously issued by EEC and DESE. Residential programs should continue to follow EOHHS’s congregate care guidance.
The EEC Covid-19 Healthline, a resource staffed with health experts, is available to all EEC-affiliated programs, and providers can access assistance in English and Spanish by calling 857-488-4418 or by emailing at EEChealthline@primary.health. Providers and programs with questions about the updated guidance or other COVID-19-related questions should continue to contact the EEC Healthline rather than their licensor or other EEC staff.
The Department is committed to continuing to provide programs with access to rapid tests through FY22 and into FY23 in support of the new guidance. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Based on feedback we have received directly from our provider community, the Department will discontinue the PPE delivery program effective June 30, 2022. Programs are still able to sign up for PPE delivery for the month of June and PPE supplies will continue to be available after June for EEC-affiliated programs at EEC Regional Offices.
Thank you for your continued commitment to programs, educators, children, and families.