Those eligible for No-Cost COVID-19 testing include enrolled children, child care providers /staff, as well as household members who have:
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.
Turn-around time for test results from time of sample collection is typically 48-72 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 48-72 hours or less which will support programs to react quickly to symptoms and possible exposures.
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.