Cambridge Preschool Program to Provide Free Preschool to Cambridge 4-Year Olds and Some 3-Year Olds. Application Opens on December 1.

10/2/20237 months ago

Cambridge Preschool Program

The Cambridge Preschool Program, also known as universal preschool, will provide free preschool to Cambridge 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. CPP will offer families a streamlined, single application process where they can apply to a variety of Cambridge-based preschool programs.


A child is eligible to apply to DHSP Preschools and any preschool program that is part of the Cambridge Preschool Program if:

  • They are a Cambridge resident
  • They will turn 4 years old by August 31, 2024 
  • They will turn 3 years old by August 31, 2024 

How to Apply

  • Parents and caregivers can apply to a variety of preschool programs through the Cambridge Preschool Program's single application. 
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2023 - January 15, 2024.
  • Prior to application launch, families can explore information about all participating preschools by visiting

More Information

  • A virtual meeting was held on Thursday, October 12 to give an overview of the Cambridge Preschool Program. View the meeting recording.

For the latest updates about the Cambridge Preschool Program, visit the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood's website