Remote Learning Enrichment Program Exemption Process

  • Background

    COVID-19 Executive Order No. 49 creates three paths for communities to pursue to provide additional care options to meet the needs of families who are engaged in remote learning models:

    • Remote Learning Program Expansion by EEC Licensed Providers can serve school-aged children while they are attending school, in addition to before, after, and out-of-school time. Program expansion to serve school-aged children during the school day for EEC licensed providers is automatic and no further action is required. 
    • Remote Learning Enrichment Programs: Individuals or entities may apply to operate as a Remote Learning Enrichment Program. See below for the Step by Step Process to apply for the exemption.
      • With approval from their municipal authority, programs can apply to EEC for a new license exemption to provide supervision, care and education support to school age children during school hours only.
      • Municipalities will be responsible for ensuring background record checks, safety of the facility, and COVID-appropriate group sizes and health protocols for any approved entity.
      • Care in these license exempt programs will be limited to children who are enrolled in school; applying entities must provide documented approval from a municipal authority in order to apply for the exemption.
    • Remote Learning Parent Cooperatives: Remote Learning Parent Cooperatives are outside EEC’s purview as long as they follow the criteria in the Executive Order including no more than 5 participating families, operating with an unpaid parent or guardian of one of the participating children on site at all times, and limited to children who are enrolled in school in Kindergarten and above. Resources can be found within this document created by the Department of Early Education and Care and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Care Options for Hybrid and Remote Learning Models

    If you are interested in applying to be a Remote Learning Enrichment Program, please see below for resources and the process:

    Remote Learning Enrichment Program Exemption Resources Webpage Here you can find detailed information on the process for applying for an exemption to become a Remote Learning Site.  

    Guidance from EEC and DESE

    Step by Step Process 

    1. Applicants should inform the Municipal Approving Authority (MAA) that you intend to apply for the exemption status. Schedule a time for the MAA to conduct a site visit. During the site visit the MAA will review all related documents as well as conduct a physical tour of the site. 
    2. Review the requirements as set by EEC in the Attestation form below. Prepare the appropriate documentation for review during the scheduled site visit. 
      1. Attestation Form for Municipalities – This form must be signed off on by the MAA.
    3. Complete the Remote Learning Enrichment Program Health and Safety Self Attestation.  
    4. Have all program staff complete the Attestation for Individuals working at Remote Learning Enrichment Programs form. 
    5. Once the MAA completes the site visit, ensures all appropriate requirements have been met and all documentation has been submitted, the MAA will sign off on all submitted documents and complete the following forms:
      1. Signed Approval Letter from a Municipal Approving Authority 
      2. Attestation Form for Municipalities 
    6. All signed documents by the MAA will then be scanned to the applicant.
    7. The applicant will need to click on the link below, upload the required signed documents and submit an application to EEC for final approval
    8. EEC will email applicants and the MAA a letter of approval or denial following the submission of all documents. 
    9. The MAA will conduct unannounced site visits to ensure compliance with all requirements as set by EEC and DESE. 

    Contact Information:

    Municipal Approval Authority - City of Framingham
    Joseph Corazzini
    Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Community Development
    Framingham Public Schools