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Massachusetts Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Massachusetts or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Massachusetts Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Massachusetts, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R Agency.

Shared Services Organizations and NAEYC Regional Affiliates

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations to learn more about their services. 

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Massachusetts Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Massachusetts early learning standards: Massachusetts Executive Office of Education

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Massachusetts: Massachusetts EEC Learning Standards and Curriculum Guidelines

Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Massachusetts’ StrongStart Quality Early Education and Care.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Massachusetts state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Massachusetts

Understanding the cost of child care in Massachusetts is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Massachusetts
Child care services in Massachusetts are prohibitively expensive to most families. Infant care costs approximately $24,472 a year.

Child Care Affordability in Massachusetts

There are no states with more expensive child care than Massachusetts. Only the District of Columbia has less affordable child care than the Bay State. The median family here would spend nearly 16% of their household income on child care for one infant. Many parents rely on before and after school programs to supplement their need for affordable child care.

More Information on Massachusetts Child Care

Families can use the Massachusetts government website to find a licensed family, group or school-age child care program through the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.