We are regularly meeting with school administration, community stakeholders and private childcare providers with the goal to develop creative solutions, within the current regulations, for childcare in our community.
The state of Massachusetts has issued guidance to childcare providers in reopening their regular programs as part of Phase 2 of reopening the state. The emergency childcare system currently in place will continue to meet the needs of essential workers through the initial phases of reopening, though it will be transitioned out as general childcare reopens through Phase 2. For more information: 

Currently, the only type of group childcare permitted by the State of Massachusetts are Exempt Emergency Childcare Programs, intended for the children of essential workers and operated by childcare providers that are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care.

To qualify to utilize one of the Exempt Emergency Childcare Programs on Nantucket, you must be considered an essential worker (see list) and have no other appropriate childcare option (such as a spouse working from home) on any given day that you are accessing a space for your child. Priority access is given to healthcare workers/first responders/vulnerable children. To enroll, please contact one of Nantucket’s licensed Exempt Emergency Childcare providers directly.

Contact information, age range and hours:

Val Monahan

Juanita Vernal-Gil

Pamela Lawrence

  • Contact: 508 360 0812,
  • Hours: Mondays through Saturday: 8:00 - 4:00
  • Ages: infant - 14

Melanie Hajjar-Exploration Station

Mass CAREIn partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), is helping to connect families of essential workers who need care with Massachusetts educators. Participating families of essential workers and educators will receive 3 months of Premium access at no cost.

Childcare Network of Cape Cod and Islands: The Childcare Network offers information and referral services, and a state subsidy program for childcare for qualifying families.

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This page was last updated on May 27, 2020.