All educators, and Educator’s Assistants, who currently work in a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed center-based program or family child care home serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers and/or school aged children in Massachusetts are required to register annually with the EEC’s Professional Qualifications Registry to comply with licensing regulations.* The Professional Qualifications Registry gathers important information on the size, composition, education, and experience of EEC’s current workforce, including information about the retention and turnover of educators working in early education and care and out-of-school time programs. This information will help EEC’s workforce development system respond to the needs of all educators working in EEC-licensed center-based and family child care programs in Massachusetts.
Access to the Professional Qualifications Registry is online through the following website: https://www.eec.state.ma.us/PQRegistry/. Instructions on how to register are listed on this webpage. Once an educator completes their online registration, s/he will be able to print a certificate that verifies their registration in the Professional Qualifications Registry, from the summary page in their account. This certificate contains the registry number and expiration date along with identifying information and may be laminated and carried with the educator as proof of registration. To see a sample registration card, visit: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/PQRCard.pdf
The Professional Qualifications Registry card provides educators with their information in an easily accessible format to register for EEC funded professional development opportunities. It also may serve as evidence to receive educator discounts at retailers who offer that benefit to teachers (such as Barnes and Noble or The Loft) and free or discounted entry at certain museums.
*The Professional Qualifications Registry is also open to (but not required of) educators working in public preschools and other programs that are not subject to EEC-licensure. In Massachusetts, a license is required to provide most child care services. A Family Child Care License is required to care for children, not related to the educator, on a regular basis in a home. There are two types of center-based licenses. A Small Group and School Age Child Care License is required for programs that care for ten or fewer unrelated children on a regular basis in a center or building that is not a home. A Large Group and School Age Child Care License is required for programs who care for 11 or more unrelated children on a regular basis in a center or building.