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How To Get Your Child Care License In Massachusetts

Getting your child care license in Massachusetts is a great start to opening your home-based preschool business. When your program is licensed, both you and your parents can feel a sense of relief and support as licensing adds an essential element of safety and insurance.

But paperwork, online forms, and state websites can be confusing. To help, we have this easy-to-use guide for child care providers and teachers in Massachusetts to alleviate the stress and jumpstart your process.

How to use this guide

  1. Bookmark this guide and check things off as you go ✅
  2. Make use of our library of resources.
  3. Best of all, join Wonderschool for all the community support you will need.

Step 1: Contact your local licensing office, sign up for the required online orientation

Step 2: Complete training requirements

Save proof of these trainings for your application.

Step 3: Prepare your application and the $100 fee

Along with a $100 application fee, your application requires:

  • Pass a physical exam with your doctor
  • Obtain proof of at least one-year full-time experience
  • Add yourself to the Professional Qualifications Registry
  • Submit an application via the LEAD Platform
  • Your regional licensing office will provide you with a login and new user account once you have completed the Potential Provider Training.

Step 4: Pass required background checks

All members of your household ages 15+ will be required to submit these three background check forms. After submitting your application, the EEC will send instructions on how to schedule your fingerprinting appointment.

Step 5: Pass a pre-licensing home inspection by your Licensor

Your Licensor will schedule a home inspection once your background check and fingerprints have been cleared. Plan for this visit to take about two hours.

Your licensing surveyor should also provide you with a pre-inspection list to ensure that your visit will be successful and that you are compliant with regulations. If not, ask for one.

Step 6: Success!

Pat yourself on the back, take a deep breath, and get some rest– the real work is just beginning!

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