Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Massachusetts.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: Contact your local office

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: Call your regional licensing office

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

*Inspections not available online. Contact your licensing agency for more information*

Phone: Contact your local office

Website Find Your Local Office

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Massachusetts Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Massachusetts

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (781) 338-6480

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: Contact your local office during business hours, call 1(800) 792-5200 after hours

Website

Find Your Local Office

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(800) 332-2733 or (617) 660-1234

Website

Medicaid Eligibility – MassHealth

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(800) 841-2900

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

*Massachusetts’ Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

Phone: 1(800) 841-2900

Website

Massachusetts Health and Social Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

Department of Mental Health

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (617) 626-8000

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – DTA Child Care Services

Free or low-cost child care for families receiving or formerly receiving TAFDC

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Child Care Assistance – EEC Financial Assistance

Subsidized child care for low-income, non-TAFDC families who are working, in school, or disabled

Phone: Call Mass 2-1-1 or contact your local CCR&R agency

Website

Find Your Local CCR&R Agency

Massachusetts Head Start Association

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: 1(800) 942-1007 (in-state only)

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(877) 382-2363

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 1(800) 632-8175

Website

Find Your Local Office

Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Helps MA residents pay for winter heating fuel and other energy bills, for people facing short-term financial crisis that do not qualify for other fuel programs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Emergency Housing Assistance Programs

List of programs available in Massachusetts for families and individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness

Phone: (617) 573-1100

Website

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

State-funded homelessness prevention gives short-term financial assistance to families that are or are at risk of becoming homeless

Phone: 1(800) 224-5124

Website

Find Your Local Office

Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

Offers tenant- and project-based rental subsidies to low-income families and individuals

Phone: (617) 573-1150

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals Massachusetts

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: 1(800) 244-2756

Website

The Arc of Massachusetts

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: (781) 891-6270

Website

Early Intervention

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(800) 905-8437

Website

There are currently no organizations listed

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:Contact your local office

    Website Find Your Local Office

    Phone:Call your regional licensing office

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Phone:Contact your local office

    Website Find Your Local Office

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: Contact your local office during business hours, call 1(800) 792-5200 after hours

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(800) 332-2733 or (617) 660-1234

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility – MassHealth

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(800) 841-2900

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    *Massachusetts’ Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

    Phone: 1(800) 841-2900

    Website

    Massachusetts Health and Social Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Website

    Department of Mental Health

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: (617) 626-8000

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance – DTA Child Care Services

    Free or low-cost child care for families receiving or formerly receiving TAFDC

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Child Care Assistance – EEC Financial Assistance

    Subsidized child care for low-income, non-TAFDC families who are working, in school, or disabled

    Phone: Call Mass 2-1-1 or contact your local CCR&R agency

    Website

    Find Your Local CCR&R Agency

    Massachusetts Head Start Association

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: 1(800) 942-1007 (in-state only)

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(877) 382-2363

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: 1(800) 632-8175

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Good Neighbor Energy Fund

    Helps MA residents pay for winter heating fuel and other energy bills, for people facing short-term financial crisis that do not qualify for other fuel programs

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Emergency Housing Assistance Programs

    List of programs available in Massachusetts for families and individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness

    Phone: (617) 573-1100

    Website

    Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

    State-funded homelessness prevention gives short-term financial assistance to families that are or are at risk of becoming homeless

    Phone: 1(800) 224-5124

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

    Offers tenant- and project-based rental subsidies to low-income families and individuals

    Phone: (617) 573-1150

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals Massachusetts

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: 1(800) 244-2756

    Website

    The Arc of Massachusetts

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: (781) 891-6270

    Website

    Early Intervention

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(800) 905-8437

    Website

  • There are currently no organizations listed

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