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Family Child Care - (FCC)

Are you thinking about becoming a Family Child Care Provider?
Please click on the link below to learn more about becoming a licensed family child care provider and the steps you will need to take.
Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)




Are you a new Family Child Care Provider?
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Good luck with your new Family Child Care business!



Western Massachusetts Family Child Care Resources

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) - Region 1
EEC Regional Office
1441 Main Street, Suite 230
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-788-8401
Fax: 413-784-1227

EEC Central Office
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
617-988-6600

Health, Safety, and Medication Administration Trainings - EEC
www.eec.gov/EEC

Family Child Care Systems

You may want to join a family child care system in your area. Some of the benefits include: daily pay rate for enrolled children, regular paychecks, educational opportunities, liability insurance, food reimbursement and newsletters. These are the names of the systems in your area:

BETHEL CHILD CARE, INC.
1655 Main Street, Suite 503, Springfield, MA 01103
413-737-4777

CHILD CARE OF THE BERKSHIRES
Northern Berkshire Area Office
210 State Street, North Adams, MA 01247
413-664-3256
Pittsfield Area Office
152 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-0676

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION, INC.
99 West Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-4100

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION, INC.
1365 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01107
413-785-1376

CLARENDON FAMILY CHILD CARE
774 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109
413-731-7966

COMMUNITY ACTION OF THE FRANKLIN, HAMPSHIRE, AND NORTH QUABBIN REGIONS
56 Vernon Street, Northampton, MA 01060
413-387-1224

KIDS UNLIMITED
9 Trolley Crossing Road, Charlton, MA 01507
800-422-6738

SQUARE ONE
1095 Main Street, Second Floor,
Springfield, MA 01103
413-732-5183

VALLEY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL
300 High Street, 3rd Floor, Holyoke, MA 01040
413-552-1559

Food Programs

You can be reimbursed for the nutritious meals and snacks you serve to family child care children by joining a food program. Some sponsors may also have newsletters with activities for children, offer training and menu planning, Find out what each has to offer you. Below are the local food programs:

CLARENDON FAMILY DAY CARE, INC.
774 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109
413-731-7966 or Toll Free 800-875-1234
Terry Jackson, Office Manager

YOURS FOR CHILDREN FOOD PROGRAM
303-313 Washington Street, Auburn, MA 01501
413-549-3974 or 800-222-2731
Carrie Parker, Area Coordinator

BAY STATE CHILD CARE FOOD PROGRAM
345 N. Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
June Steele 413-455-1943
Carmen Gonzalez, Bi-Lingual Coordinator 413-568-8525

PROVIDERS FOOD PROGRAM
800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801
Jill Palmer, Supervisor 800-487-9190

NUTRITION EDUCATION & CHILD CARE FOOD PROGRAM
207 Bedford Street, Suite 206, Lakeville, MA 02347
Nancy LaFrance, Director 800-232-7634

Voucher Management Program

This program offers full or partial subsidy to Family Child Care providers and Group child Care providers who enroll families that are voucher eligible. Contact: NEW ENGLAND FARM WORKERS' COUNCIL

Springfield (Hampden County) Office
1628-1640 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-272-2207

Pittsfield (Berkshire County) Office
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-236-5890

Greenfield (Franklin County) Office
221 Mohawk Trail, Unit 4, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-475-3656

Insurance

You can purchase insurance designed for FCC homes from the sponsorships listed below. Also call your home insurance company and inquire about a "rider" to your current policy.

AMHERST INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.
20 Gatehouse Road, P.O. Box 48
Amherst, MA 01004
800-228-8351

THOMCO INSURANCE
P.O. Box 440549, Kennesaw, GA 30160
800-476-4940

CHILD CARE COVERAGE CORPORATION
P.O. Box 321, Manhasset, NY 11030
866-748-6102

NEW ENGLAND INSURANCE SERVICES
P.O. Box 63, Weatogue, CT 06089
888-845-8288

CANARY BLOMSTROM INS AGENCY
868 Springfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA 01030
413-789-3995

ADULTS & CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE
2885 Country Drive, Suite 165, St. Paul, MN 55117-2621
800-433-8108

Hampden County Family Child Care Support Groups

PET strongly believes in the value of Family Child Care Support Groups. They provide an opportunity to learn from each other and alleviate the isolation of working at home. Please consider joining a support group. The following FCC support groups are registered with PET. If you wold like to start your own group please contact Kimm Quinlan at 413-736-3900 Ext. 217 or KQuinlan@valleyopp.com

AGAWAM
KIDS/Karing Independent Day Care
Ann Gallagher 413-789-2238
Sue Hawkes 413-786-3651

LONGMEADOW
H.E.L.L.O.W. Group
Ann Marie Doyle 413-567-9347
Jane Grover 413-525-4989

SPRINGFIELD
Professional Childcare Providers Association
June Steele 413-455-1943
Jessica Silva 413-739-5449

Peer Group
Martha Tallaj 413-737-8120
Carmen Santana 413-237-1277

BERKSHIRE COUNTY
Berkshire County Child care Provider Association
Tina Karch, (Pittsfield, Dalton, & North Adams)
413-684-2048 or mydaycare1@msn.com