Massachusetts Child Care

Visit Healthcare, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) is offering No-Cost COVID-19 drive-through testing for the child care community at locations across the state. Get Tested. Testing for COVID-19 is widely available in Massachusetts and critically important to prevent the spread. 

PLEASE NOTE: For the week of June 7 - 12, Plymouth, Athol, and Westfield will be open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Franklin, Dalton, and Sturbridge will be open Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

 

Eligibility

Those eligible for No-Cost COVID-19 testing include enrolled children, child care providers /staff, as well as household members who have:

  • COVID-19 symptoms 

  • Have had close contact with anyone with COVID-19, OR

  • Have had possible exposure to anyone with COVID-19

 

No appointment is necessary and no pre-registration is needed. EEC provider license # is required at the time of test. 

 

Results

Turn-around time for test results is 24-48 hours.

 

About the Test

The testing sites provide no-cost PCR tests using a simple lower nose swab. Test results will be sent through a secure online portal in 48 hours or less which will support programs to react quickly to symptoms and possible exposures. 

 

UPDATES TO EEC’s NO COST COVID-19 TESTING SITES STARTING APRIL 1, 2021:

We’re making some adjustments to improve availability for you. 

  • All locations will now be open from 10:00am - 6:00pm. 

  • Three of the sites are moving to 6 days a week to increase testing availability.

  • A new site in Tewksbury is launching to replace the Billerica site. 

  • No appointment needed

  • No pre-registration needed

 

The following locations are open 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday):

Braintree at 250 Granite St. (South Shore Plaza)

Swansea at 330 Swansea Mall Dr. (Bay Coast Bank)

Tewksbury at 365 East Street (Parking lot S)

And at the following locations on a rotating schedule:

Athol at 233 Reservoir Dr. (in front of Hobby Lobby) Map

Dalton at 514 Main St. (First Congregational Church) Map

Franklin at 598 Beaver St. (Chilson Beach) Map

Plymouth at 180 Water St., Water 4 Lot (enter on Lothrop St.) Map

Sturbridge at 369 Main St. (Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges) Map

Westfield at 577 Western Ave. (Westfield State South Parking Lot) Map

Questions? Please call 1-866-888-4003

The Baker-Polito Administration will cover the costs of COVID-19 testing at sites dedicated to early education providers. In January, the Administration partnered with private and philanthropic funders, including supporters from the Massachusetts Early Education Funder Collaborative and BayCoast Bank, to launch a pilot COVID-19 testing program dedicated to providing on-demand PCR testing to child care providers and the families they serve to ensure easy access to testing when there is suspected COVID-19 exposure. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) set up nine rotating drive-through testing sites throughout the Commonwealth, which are only open only to child care providers and individuals affiliated with programs.

 

Note: Programs should continue to follow all protocols in the COVID-19 Child Care Playbook including daily health attestations, visual screenings, and reporting positive test results to the appropriate entity.

Please see the location calendar below.

 

JUNE 2021

Visit_MA_JuneCalendar_edited.png