How young must children be to qualify?


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 9 2022

The child must be either

Some children must meet Learnfare rules and DTA says children 16 or 17 must be in school full-time or register for the Pathways to Work Program. See What are the school requirements for children (“Learnfare”)? and How do you verify school attendance and which absences are excused? Some of these rules were suspended during the pandemic.

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