Preschool Lottery & Financial Assistance

Preschool Children

The 2020 DHSP Preschool Lottery for enrollment in September 2021 is postponed until further notice due to COVID 19 program requirements. We hope to be able to accept applications for the lottery in the spring of 2021.

DHSP Preschool enrollment is determined by a lottery system. Each October we accept lottery applications for enrollment the following September.

For more information, we have the following resources:

Click here for our Preschool Lottery Process 
Haga clic aquí para el proceso de sorteo para jardín de infants
Klike la a pou Pwosesis Lotri Preskolè nou an.
ለቅድመ ትምህርት ቤት ሎተሪ ሂደታችን እዚህ ጠቅ ያድርጉ። 

Click here for our Preschool Lottery Frequently Asked Questions
Haga clic aquí para las preguntas frecuentes sobre el sorteo para jardín de infants
Klike la a pou Kesyon Yo Poze Souvan sou Lotri Preskolè nou an.
ስለ ቅድመ ትምህርት ቤት ሎተሪ በብዛት ለሚጠየቁ ጥያቄዎች እዚህ ጠቅ ያድርጉ። 

Tuition and Financial Assistance Information

Click here for our 2020 – 2021 Preschool Tuition Scale
Haga clic acá para obtener la escala de aranceles para jardín de infantes.
Klike la a pou Echèl Frè Lekòl Preskolè nou an.
ለቅድመ ትምህርት ቤት የትምህርት ክፍያ ተመን እዚህ ጠቅ ያድርጉ። 

In the Department of Human Service Programs, we strive to make our programs accessible to all Cambridge families. It is our belief that families’ resources shouldn’t prevent Cambridge children from receiving a quality preschool education. Fees are determined on a sliding scale.
All families are required to prove income to qualify for any rate below our highest rate. The City of Cambridge offers tuition assistance based on income, household size, and personal hardship. We accept vouchers and we also offer significant tuition assistance for families that qualify.

  • City Scholarship: You do not need to fill out any additional paperwork! We use the documents you submit to enter the lottery to calculate tuition rates including tuition assistance.
  • Voucher: We accept vouchers for full-time preschool programs. Vouchers are issued by the Childcare Choices of Boston located at 105 Chauncy St, Boston, MA 02111. For more information or to be placed on the EEC waitlist call 617-542-5437.
  • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Slots: DHSP has a limited number of subsidies funded by the EEC. These subsidies are for parents who are working or training 30hrs weekly or who are full-time student (undergraduates only) and earn up to 50% or less of the state median income. For more information or to be placed on the EEC waitlist please call Childcare Choices of Boston at 617-542-5437.