An update from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care:
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced January 19th that child care programs will be able to receive rapid antigen COVID-19 tests by the week of January 31 as part of new testing programs to keep children in child care and early education programs open in the Commonwealth.
Testing for Child Care is a first-in-the-nation statewide testing initiative that will allow staff and children 2 years and older, who are close contacts of a COVID positive individual, to test daily for five consecutive days with rapid antigen tests and remain in the child care setting as long as the test is negative. Additionally, staff and children 2 years and older who develop symptoms while attending or providing care will be eligible to participate in a symptomatic program. Testing for Child Care will provide all child care programs affiliated with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) access to sign up for free COVID-19 tests, resources, and training to implement these new protocols.