The Change of Licensed Early Childhood Education Centers

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

This map shows the change of Early Childhood Education (ECE) care providers by license issued year from 1980 to 2020. A purple circle indicates license was issued before 2001. Those licensed from 2001 are marked by green dots. The data covers (a) Boston, Chelsea, Revere area, (b) Greater Boston, and (c) Southeastern Massachusetts.

Facts:

  • The highest number of the ECE providers (284) licensed in Metro Boston showed in 2020. In the same year, 28 were licensed in the City of Boston.
  • Most of the ECE providers (70%) in the City of Boston were licensed since 2001. From 2001 to 2010, the number was 164, and from 2011 to 2020, the number was 188.
  • Percentage of Large Group and School Age Child Care provider type in the City of Boston (average 34.6%): Dorchester (17.5%), Mattapan (22%), Roxbury (39.1%). The other type is Family Child Care.

Map Tips:

  • Click on the dot to learn the ECE center license year, 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) providers by license issued year from 1980 to 2020. 

Data Source: Mass Department of Early Education and Care, (Data retrived on November 29, 2020)

Footnote: All the ECE centers are licensed by Mass Department of Early Education and Care. All the ECE providers 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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