Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Step1: Use This Form to Determine Family Eligibility
- Find the tab with the family`s size at the top.
- Read down the column until you come to the correct income (either annual or monthly)
- Then read directly across to the left to determine "Percent of State Median Income."
- Please refer to relevant SMI Percentage (i.e. initial vs. reassessment - OR - special needs) to determine the family`s eligibility.
Financial Assistance for Families
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides financial assistance to eligible families seeking care at early education and care or out of school time programs. Families must generally meet income and activity requirements to be eligible for EEC financial assistance. Due to limited funding, eligible families may be placed on the EEC waiting list for financial assistance until funding becomes available.
Am I eligible to receive EEC financial assistance for child care?
1. Income Requirement
2. Activity Requirement
How do I apply?
Interested families should contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral agency for financial assistance inquiries and access to the waiting list.
The Massachusetts 2-1-1 system is an additional resource of information for families looking for child care.
How long will I have to wait for assistance?
What happens while I wait?
What should I do if my information changes?
What happens when financial assistance is available?
It is important to call quickly, as the space may be filled by another child on the wait list. Be sure to tell them if you have another child that needs care, as they may also be eligible for financial assistance at that time.
Provides families with information about how a life change could affect eligibility for assistance with paying for child care.
Will I have to pay for my child care?
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Updated: 9/9/2019