Early Education and Childcare

Boston Children’s Office of Community Health has a long history of supporting families with young children through community programs and partnerships. In Fall of 2018, as part of our Collaboration for Community Health, we launched the Zero to Five Child Health and Development Initiative, investing $17 million over 10 years to support early education and childcare partnership and programs in Greater Boston.  In July 2020, in connection with the Zero to Five Initiative, the Boston Childcare Support Initiative was developed to support childcare providers in the communities most impacted by COVID 19. The majority of the childcare providers and the children and families they serve live in marginalized communities and are Black or Latino. This initiative is addressing racial justice and equity as well as supporting a key backbone of our economy in Boston.


Healthy and Safe Child Care During COVID-19

This webinar was hosted by Boston Children's and took place on January 28, 2021. Click here for the slides presented during this webinar.

Webinar Recording  (English)

Webinar Recording  (Spanish)

Other Helpful Resources

  • COVID testing for childcare
    Click here for details from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding testing for childcare providers and the families they serve.

Boston Childcare Support Initiative

In July 2020, Boston Children’s Office of Community Health launched the Boston Childcare Support Initiative to support childcare providers in the communities most impacted by COVID. 

In total, 130 childcare providers have received grants. In August, $239,000 was released to childcare providers. In October, $428,000 was awarded.

The grant amounts ranged from $3,500 to $10,000.

Read more about how Boston Children’s is supporting childcare providers during COVID.

These funds will be used by childcare providers to follow public health guidelines, adapt physical spaces, and cover increased costs for staff, overhead, personal protective equipment, and cleaning supplies.

We hope these funds will help childcare providers recover, as they are essential small businesses, providing a critical service for many families in our community. 

Grants have been distributed to childcare providers located in the below neighborhoods. The children and families living in these areas have been disproportionately affected by COVID.

  • 67 located in Dorchester
  • 7 located in East Boston
  • 15 located in Hyde Park
  • 10 located in Jamaica Plain
  • 17 located in Mattapan
  • 14 located in Roxbury

For more information about this initiative, please contact Ayesha Cammaerts.