Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Children: Day Care and Group Care, Licensing and Referrals

B8 Child Care Resources (and licensing)
Department of Early Education and Care
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-988-6600
MA Child Care Resource and Referral Programs: 1-800-345-0131 (within Mass. only)

The Department of Early Education and Care provides information and referrals on child care services to a variety of child care centers or family day care homes. This office also works with employers, day care providers, and others in the community to expand and improve child care resources, and also provides training opportunities for child care professionals, including family day care providers. This program operates through locally-based agencies throughout the state. Contact this office for the name of the CCR&R agency in particular communities. The Licensing Division licenses and monitors child care settings, it oversees the licensure of day care, group day care and school age child care facilities, family day care homes and large family day care facilities, adoption and foster care agencies, temporary shelters for children for most cities and towns, and residential programs serving children and teen parents. Certain communities do their own licensing of group day care and school age day care. More information on this can be obtained by calling the office. It also provides assistance in meeting standards or in developing programs. For a listing of regional offices, click here.

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