Kids Running

Child Care Options

There are many different types of child care and early education programs. To find out about the Licensing History of any program, you may contact the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care at



Family Child Care

This means that children are cared for in the home of the provider. This type of care offers a home setting, mix of ages, small group size, and often flexible hours. Providers may care for up to 6 children, and are licensed by the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC).

Child Care Centers

These provide care for larger numbers of children in part or full day programs. Centers are organized to meet the needs of children and working families. They are usually open year round, and offer programs to a variety of age groups and vary in terms of educational philosophy, curriculum, costs and services. These programs may be licensed by EEC or license-exempt depending on their overseeing entity.

The basic adult to child ratios allowed by licensing are: 
     - Infants: 2:7

     - Toddlers: 2:9

     - Preschool: 2:10

A program may choose to have less children per adult than licensing allows.