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Early Childhood Education & Care in Massachusetts

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We are deeply invested in the delivery of quality, affordable and accessible early education and care services through a comprehensive mixed delivery system operating in various settings including center-based, preschool programs, family childcare, out-of-school time programs, and Head Start/Early Head Start

  • Quality means promoting children’s cognitive growth, meeting their physical needs, supporting their social and emotional development.
  • Quality means engaging families and providing supports and resources.
  • Quality means children will be ready to enter our Kindergarten-12 education system.
  • Quality means well-supported, dedicated early educators.

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Programs & Services

Center and Family-Based Care

Center-Based Care offers a classroom environment that provides a complete education program staffed by qualified Early Education teachers.  Many centers accept income-eligible families, vouchers and those who wish to pay privately.

Family-Based Care is a community-based network of educators who offer early education and care to children in a home setting. Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and offer early care and education for children from infancy to school age.

Head Start & Early Head Start

Head Start is a two-generational program for low-income children and families that promotes school readiness by providing comprehensive services to support healthy child development.

Head Start offers center-based family childcare and home visiting options on a part-day, part-year or full-time basis.  Head Start’s comprehensive services support children’s physical, social-emotional, nutritional and dental health. Head Start programs monitor the progress of preschool children (ages 3-5) across eight domains of learning in order to promote positive child outcomes.

Early Head Start offers the full array of Head Start services that are tailored to address the unique nature of infant and toddler development and reflect best practices in working with children from birth to age 3.

Out-of-School Time Programs

Comprehensive education and care includes before and after school programs, year-round programs and summer programs.  Many agencies have extended hours and before and after care for school age children.  Many family and center-based programs are year round.

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) programs are locally-based programs in your community that provide child development services and resources to families with young children.

CFCE programs help families with child development information, transition support, family literacy and school readiness, community resource information, parent leadership opportunities, family and community events and more.

CFCE programs help educators with accessing training and professional development opportunities, sharing best practices and resources.

Resources

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available for income-eligible children and families to help pay for the cost of care by applying at your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency.  You may be eligible for a contracted slot through a specific program or for a voucher to be used at any participating program.

Find your CCR&R agency.

Referrals

Agencies that are part of the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network not only administer the Voucher Management Program to help low-income families get the child care they deserve, but also are dedicated to helping parents and businesses make informed decisions when selecting a child care provider and will walk you through all of your available options.

Find your CCR&R agency.

Where Should I Apply?

At the Early Education & Care Agency in your Area Early Education and Care ()

NameCityPhone NumberWebsiteJob OpportunitiesEarly Education & Care Services
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD)Boston, Brookline, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, North Reading, Reading, West Roxbury, Winchester, Woburn,(617) 357-6000https://bostonabcd.org/service_categories/children/https://careers.bostonabcd.org/Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Citizens for Citizens, Inc. (CFC)Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Westport,(508) 675-2151http://cfcinc.org/cfc-youth-programs/ http://cfcinc.org/employment-opportunities/Center-based Child Care, Early Head Start, Family Child Care, Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs,
Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc. (CAAS)Cambridge, Somerville,(617) 623-7370https://www.caasomerville.org/head-start https://www.caasomerville.org/careersCenter-based Child Care, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops,
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands (CACCI)Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Charlton, Dennis, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Gosnold, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Vineyard Haven, Wareham, Yarmouth,508-778-9470http://www.childcarenetwork.cc/index.html http://www.cacci.cc/hiring.htmlChild Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R),
Community Action Pioneer Valley (CAPV)Agawam, Amherst, Ashfield, Athol, Belchertown, Bernardston, Blandford, Buckland, Chester, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Easthampton, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Heath, Huntington, Leverett, Leyden, Ludow, Middlefield, Monroe, Montague, Montgomery, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Plainfield, Rowe, Royalston, Russell, Shelburne, South Hadley, Southampton, Southwick, Sunderland, Tolland, Ware, Wendell, West Springfield, Westfield, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg,(413) 774-2318https://www.communityaction.us/head-start-early-learning-programs https://www.communityaction.us/job-openingsCenter-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Early Head Start, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC)Chelsea, Melrose, Revere, Wakefield, Winthrop,(617) 884-6130http://www.capicinc.org/http://capicinc.org/Eng/E_Employment.htmlAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs,
Community Action, Inc. (CAI)Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury,978-373-1971https://www.communityactioninc.org/programs/children https://www.communityactioninc.org/careersAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Family Child Care, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI)Acton, Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Essex, Everett, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groton, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Pepperell, Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wenham, West Newbury, Westford, Wilmington,(978) 459–0551https://www.commteam.org/how-we-help/family-children/ http://commteam.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-openings.php?search=true&Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Early Head Start, Family Child Care, Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. (GLCAC)Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, North Reading, Reading,(978) 681-4900https://www.glcac.org/https://www.glcac.org/menus/careers.htmlAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Early Head Start, Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
LEO, Inc. (LEO)Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott, Wakefield,781.581.7220https://leoinc.org/services/head-start-early-head-start-programs/ https://leoinc.org/jobs/Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Early Head Start, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Making Opportunity Count (MOC)Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Hardwick, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, New Braintree, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, Winchendon,978-785-5431https://www.mocinc.org/child-care-head-start https://www.mocinc.org/employment-opportunitiesAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Early Head Start, Family Child Care, Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. (PACE)Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester,(508) 999-9920http://www.paceinfo.orghttp://paceinfo.org/pace-employment-opportunities/Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP)Braintree, Hull, Milton, Quincy, Weymouth,(617) 479-8181https://www.qcap.org/our-programs/early-childhood-education-care/ https://www.qcap.org/employment/job-openings/Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Early Head Start, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Self-Help, Inc. (SHI)Abington, Attleboro, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Dedham, Easton, Foxborough, Franklin, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough, Needham, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Randolph, Raynham, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Westwood, Whitman, Wrentham,(508) 588-0447http://SelfHelpInc.orghttps://selfhelpinc.org/about/careers/Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops,
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC)Acton, Ashland, Bellingham, Blackstone, Boxborough, Concord, Dover, Framingham, Georgetown, Grafton, Haverhill, Holliston, Hopedale, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millis, Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston,508-872-4853 https://www.smoc.org/child-care-and-head-start.php https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=fc885624-2a2d-468f-be29-6f43fedd2c45&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_USAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Family Child Care, Head Start, Out-of-School Time Programs,
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC)Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Carver, Chatham, Chilmark, Cohasset, Dennis, Duxbury, Eastham, Falmouth, Gay Head, Gosnold, HaliFax, Hanover, Harwich, Hingham, Hull, Hyannis, Kingston, Marshfield, Mashpee, Middleborough, Nantucket, Norwell, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Provincetown, Sandwich, Scituate, Truro, Wareham, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Yarmouth,(508) 747-7575http://www.sscac.org/headstart/index.html http://www.sscac.org/jobs/index.htmlAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Early Head Start, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops, Play Groups,
Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc. (SPCA)Springfield,(413) 263-6500https://www.springfieldpartnersinc.com/services/youth-family-services/new-beginnings-early-education-care-center/ Accepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care,
Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (VOC)Agawam, Ashby, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granby, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, South Hadley, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham,(413) 552-1554http://www.valleyopp.com/https://www.valleyopp.com/job-opportunitiesAccepts Child Care Vouchers, Center-based Child Care, Family Child Care, Out-of-School Time Programs,
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC)Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Granville, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Palmer, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Worcester,(508) 754-1176https://www.wcac.net/youth-and-family-services/ https://www.wcac.net/about-wcac/employment-opportunities/Center-based Child Care, Head Start, Parenting Education Workshops,

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Information for Job Seekers

Dynamic, Caring Early Educators and Support Staff Wanted!

Be a part of the statewide network of Community Action Agency Early Education and Care Programs focused on making sure children are not only ready to start school and cared for in safe, stimulating environments, but also that the whole family is strong and healthy.

Find job opportunities in your area.

How Can I Get More Information?

More information on the individual programs is available by finding the agency in your area in the directory above and visiting their website or calling them directly.

More information on finding the best option for you is available through the Child Resource and Referral Agencies.

Community Action Agencies can also link you to many other programs and services.  Find your agency.

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