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Welcome to Early Childhood Central...

Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive and useful information relating to young children in Worcester, Massachusetts. Whether you are an Early Childhood Educator, Parent, or concerned Community Member, we hope you will find the information and resources that you need. This directory will provide you with easy access to the many resources available for children and families in the area.

Day of Play has gone VIRTUAL!

Every summer, the Day of Play Family Festival draws thousands of children and their families to Elm Park for a day packed with fun and learning. Due to Covid-19, this year's festival will be a little different.  Join us for a FREE virtual event online at www.worcesterdayofplay.org September 12 - 19, 2020! Engage in 70+ Playful Activities where you can Sing, Dance, Run, Jump, Build, Create and Explore with your family!Looking for fun activities in each of the 6 important types of play?  Visit Play at Home to explore activities in reading play, construction play, STEM play, creative arts play, active play and music & dance play.

How do you participate?  Worcester Day of Play We is offering 500 FREE play bags containing art supplies, worksheets, and fun activities at 4 locations around the city beginning Thursday 9/3 - 9/10. You can pick up yours (supplies limited) at these wonderful community partners:

Worcester Public Library, Salem Sq. 9/3-10 available during their open hours. Available in their lobby.

Boys and Girls Club, 65 Tainter St.; 9/8 from 10am-2pm. Curbside pickup.

Seven Hills, 799 West Boylston St.; 9/8 from 10am-2pm. Curbside pickup.

Bay State Savings Bank, 275 Mill St.; 9/9 from 10am-2pm. Curbside pickup.

We hope that you can pick up your supplies to participate in the over 70 activities starting on 9/12 with new activities opening daily through 9/19.

The website will also supply downloads to all activities as well all of the materials if you are unable to pick up a bag!

Enjoy and look forward to your enjoyment of the festival!

A Tweet from Early Education for All (@EarlyEd4All) calling on Governor Baker to explicitly open channels to enable school buildings to be used for out of school time programming as schools are remote/hybrid:

"Hoping to hear @MassGovernor talk today about how @MASchoolsK12 & @MassEarlyEdCare are woking together to ensure there are locations that are licensed & available for school-age children when they are not in school during the school day. @statehousenews #mapoli @MassEducationFamilies and programs are trying to make good decisions and we need the state to be aligned. We know that both departments are working to release update guidance. Please address this today."

Common Start Coalition:

The Common Start Coalition is a statewide partnership of organizations, providers, and individuals working together to make high-quality early education and child care affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families. The goal is to ensure that all children in our Commonwealth have the same, strong start and enter school on a level playing field.

Covid-19 Update:

On June 8, 2020, the Commonwealth entered Phase 2 of its phased economic reopening. Child and youth serving programs may begin the process of opening in Phase 2. Click here to learn more about the reopening process.

Since March 18, 2020, only approved emergency child care providers have been in operation to accommodate children of essential workers and vulnerable families with no safe alternative to group care. Emergency child care programs are guided by a clear set of health and safety protocols and child care-specific social distancing guidelines laid forth by EEC and DPH. They are updated regularly based on CDC developments. The EEC team monitors programs on a daily basis through direct outreach to each program to ensure accurate and timely information is delivered to providers.

The emergency child care system will continue to meet the needs of essential workers through the initial phases of reopening. As general child care reopens through Phase 2, the emergency child care system will be transitioned out.

More information on access and availability of emergency child care can be found here.

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Did you know that your EBT card can get you and your family discounted admissions to many of the Commonwealth’s best museums and cultural institutions?  Visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dta/ebt-card-to-culture.html for more details.