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EEC’s regulations require all educators to register in the Professional Qualifications (PQ) Registry annually. Because this part of the PQ Registry was still in development, EEC extended the Renewal Date to 01/01/2012 for the registrations that would have expired in 2010. Now that the upgrade is done, educators will be able to renew their registrations beginning on January 1, 2012. EEC has established a 30 day period, ending on February 3, 2012, for these renewals to occur. During this time, licensees will not be cited for noncompliance with the renewal requirement and educators with expired registrations may continue to access EEC-funded professional development. The following links can assist with the renewal process. Renewal instructions are available at:


The following link will connect you to the PQ registry:
Professional Qualifications Registry Online Help and Resources

If you need assistance, please contact the EEC Help Desk at EECHelpDesk@massmail.state.ma.us

Thank you for your commitment to the children and families of Massachusetts Family Child Care Orientation Course list

We offer a variety of information and services for child care providers. Just some of the services we can help you with include:

  • Referring parents who are seeking child care to your programs.
  • Training programs and workshops on many topics of interest.
  • Food and nutrition programs for child care providers.
  • Resources through our lending library.
  • Information on state licensing and regulations.

Today’s Early Childhood Educator is more than a babysitter. He/she has a basic knowledge of child development and child guidance, and knows how to work in partnership with families. They set the stage for play and know how to observe children in order to discover their interests. Owing to observation, educators are aware when skills emerge and a child’s knowledge surfaces. Through careful planning and guidance, the Early Childhood Professional prepares children to be life long learners. All educators that care for children outside of the child’s home must be approved by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Group and School-age staff must hold professional certification. All educators must register annually with the department in accordance with EEC policies and procedures. Family Child Care Assistants and Group and School age staff are also required to complete EEC’s online orientation.