Mass211’s Child Care Services & Financial Payment Assistance

The Department of Early Education & Care offers financial assistance to eligible families in the form of a subsidy.  EEC will pay for a portion of a family’s childcare expense based off of their household size and income. Due to limited funding, there is a waitlist at this time. Mass211 is able to screen families for eligibility and place them on the statewide centralized waitlist directly over the phone.  For convenience, there is also an application made available online that can be submitted at any time.  A Child Care Subsidy may be available to eligible children ages prenatal to age 13yo (16yo if the child has a diagnosed special need).

Mass211 can also help families identify and locate childcare programs in their area. To do so, parents are asked a series of questions in order to best assess the family’s needs. Please note, we do not have information on which programs have current openings or which programs offer private financial assistance. 

Our childcare services remain free and confidential for everyone in the Commonwealth.

Families can speak with any one of our Child Care Specialists to learn more and or ask detailed questions about the process and eligibility by dialing 2-1-1 and using extension 23. 

Mass211 partners with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

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