Family-Based Child Care

Family-Based Child Care is a community-based network of educators who offer early education and care to children in a home setting. Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and offer early care and education for children from infancy to school age.

Family-Based Child Care is currently available in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Agawam, Feeding Hills, South Hadley and Wilbraham.

Along with meeting a service need, family income can’t be more than 50% of State Median Income in order to qualify for tuition assistance.

Transportation may be available to participants who: 

  • Live more than one-half (1/2) mile from the program
  • Do not have access to a vehicle
  • Do not have access to public transportation
  • Have a verified and documented disability/special need that prevents them from transporting their child(ren)
  • Have a work schedule that prevents them from transporting their child(ren) to or from care


In order to be eligible for Family-Based Child Care tuition assistance, parents must be:  

  • Working 30 + hours
  • Going to school full-time (12 credits)
  • Attending school part-time (6 credits) and working part-time (hours must add up to at least 25 hours)
  • Enrolled in a full-time training program
  • The parent of a child with a documented special need
  • A parent who is incapacitated
  • A grandparent or guardian
  • New England Farm Workers’ Council vouchers and DCF referrals accepted


New payment option! te-logo.png

Did you know you can now make your child care payments online? 
Check out our Make a Payment page or go directly to Tuition Express to learn more. 

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(413) 552-1559
35 Mt. Carmel Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicopee, MA 01013

How to Receive Financial Assistance
Required Documents for Financial Assistance
Family Child Care Handbook

Click on the program name below to learn more about the other child care services we offer:


Become a Family Child Care Educator! 

Are you a licensed family child care educator or are you interested in becoming one?  Would you like to know more about the benefits of sub-contracting as a family child care educator with VOC?  If so, please call Norma Cartagena, Educator Support Manager, at 552-1559 x306 for more information.


Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth Sanabria on her graduation and Felicita Lopez our June Educator of the Month!

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We would like to congratulate Elizabeth Sanabria on getting her Associates in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Early Education. This was not an easy progress for her but she was determined to accomplish this longer-term goal.  She has her niece working with her that also has a degree in Early Education and works with autistic children. Elizabeth enjoys working with the children and will continue to provide care to families.

Please join us in congratulating Felicita Lopez, our June Educator of the Month!

This month we would like to recognize educator, Felicita Lopez. Felicita is very involved with the community and giving back to those in her area. In May, she was awarded The Carlos Vega Social Justice Grant. With this grant, she is helping high school graduates interested in entering the Early Education Field. She will guide them through the process of becoming EEC certified and then refer them to VOC family educators who are looking for a certified assistant. Prior to this grant she has been the recipient of many awards within the community. Thank you to Felicita for going above and beyond to help educate the youth in our community about the importance of quality Early Education and Care.