Changing of Licensed Early Child Education Centers

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licenses all child care programs in Massachusetts. Read more about licensing requirements

This maps shows the change of Early Child Education (ECE) centers from 1980 to 2016. Purple circle indicates enters that were licensed before 2000. Those licensed after 2000 are marked by green dots.

Facts:

  • Most of the ECE centers in Metro Boston were licensed in 1999. Most of the ECE centers in the City of Boston were licensed before 2000
  • In 2010, a total 111 ECE centers were licensed in the Boston Metro area, none of were licensed in the City of Boston.
  • From 2011 to 2016, a total of 739 ECE centers opened in Boston Metro area, of which only two were in the City of Boston.

Map Tips:

  • Click on the dot to learn the ECE center license date, when it expires, and its address.
  • Select specific year on the widgets (right sidebar) to see a specific year.

Definition: This maps shows the change of Early Child Education (ECE) centers from 1980 to 2016. 

Data Source: Mass Department of Early Education and Care, 2016

Footnote: All the ECE centers are licensed by Mass Department of Early Education and Care. Four ECE centers do not have a license issuing date, which is coded as not available (NA). All the ECE centers are currently within their license effective period, however, due to the limitation of the data source, we do not include the information about whether the center is operating or not.

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