Childcare in Massachusetts
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: paulyt-ga
List Price: $10.00
23 Aug 2005 05:42 PDT
Expires: 22 Sep 2005 05:42 PDT
Question ID: 559177
I'm in the process of selecting childcare for my 2-year old son in Massachusetts and have narrowed the choice down to two places. Both are businesses that women are operating out of their homes. My question is: What criteria do these businesses need to meet in order to operate registered childcare in MA, how often are they reviewed by the state, and is there an official state authority that I can call to validate everything and make sure that the providers' track records are exemplary?
Re: Childcare in Massachusetts
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 23 Aug 2005 06:25 PDT
Dear paulyt-ga; Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. In the state of Massachusetts the MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF CHILD CARE SERVICES regulates all childcare businesses: Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services 600 Washington St., 6th Floor, Suite 6100 Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 988-6600 Web Page: http://www.qualitychildcare.org/contact.shtml You can find the statutes and standards that govern these businesses here: NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN CHILD CARE http://nrc.uchsc.edu/STATES/MA/massachusetts.htm http://nrc.uchsc.edu/SPINOFF/index.htm You can use this search tool (right side) to find registered and licensed childcare in the state of Massachusetts. MASS.GOV http://www.eec.state.ma.us/ As for inspections of in home childcare facilities, the statutes say this: ?8.33: Required Visits (1) A visit by the Office is required as a pre-condition to licensure. (2) An unannounced visit must be made by the Office within six months of licensure. (3) An unannounced visit must be made by the Office annually thereafter? 102 CMR 8.00: STANDARDS FOR THE LICENSURE OF FAMILY CHILD CARE AND LARGE FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES (10-10-2003) http://nrc.uchsc.edu/STATES/MA/ma_large.htm#pgfId-550486 I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have any questions about my research please post a clarification request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us. Best regards; Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher INFORMATION SOURCES Defined above SEARCH STRATEGY SEARCH ENGINE USED: Google ://www.google.com SEARCH TERMS USED: Massachusetts Childcare Law Regulations Regulatory Inspection Licensure
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