Child Care Resources
Childcare licenses are given by the Massachusetts Department of
Early Education and Care after an assessment of a program's health, safety, and
education qualifications. For further information about criteria for state
here. If you have questions about a specific child care provider, you can
find out how to contact your local EEC office by finding your city or town
The National Association for the Education of Young Children has
an alternative set of criteria for accrediting child care facilities in addition
to state licensure. The NAEYC accreditation is voluntary. It assesses child care
programs based on the education and health of the children, the experience and
credentials of the teaching staff, the leadership and management of the
administration, and the strength of family and community partnerships. For more
information about accreditation, call the national office at 800-424-2460.
Here are some helpful websites for organizations, national and
local, that provide resources and advice concerning child care.
- Child Care Resource Center, Inc.
Use this site to find information about different kinds of day care, summer
camps, care for children with disabilities, financial assistance, and more.
"CCRC works to ensure that children thrive. We promote the care and education
of all children through advocacy and programs that serve families, professionals
and communities. CCRC serves parents, early care and education professionals and employers with a
broad spectrum of dependant care resource and referral programs, training,
information and support services, and builds partnerships between community
members and policy-makers to ensure the health and well being of children."- CCRC
- Massachusetts Department of
Early Education and Care
This website has information about financial assistance and grants for parents
and families throughout the state. There is also information about regulations
and policies for certified daycare in Massachusetts.
"EEC is responsible for all licensing of early
education and care programs, providing financial assistance for child care
services to low-income families, information and referral services, parenting
support for all families, and providing professional development opportunities
for staff in the early education and care field."
- EEC website
- National Association for the
Education of Young Children
Also includes list of NAEYC accredited schools and day cares.
"Whether you're looking for a quality child care program, preschool, or
school for your child, or you're interested in activities you can do at home to
encourage your child's development, NAEYC can help!"
- NAEYC website
- Head Start
Head Start's website lists resources and programs for parents of preschoolers.
"The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private
non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development
services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special
focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they
need to be successful in school." - OSH website
Tri-City provides services in "children and family services," "advocacy and
community services," and "energy services." Their website lists programs for
children and families in the area.
"The Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. is a multi-service, anti-poverty
agency serving the cities of Malden, Medford, Everett, and surrounding
communities." - Tri-City website
This website includes a checklist for finding quality daycare, information about
different types of daycare, and links to a variety of resources for families.