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DHSP Community Schools Afterschool Programs offer a range of educational and recreational activities in a safe environment where all are welcome. Activities are designed to develop children’s social and emotional growth and build healthy relationships. 

2022-2023 Community Schools Afterschool Programs

DHSP Community Schools Afterschool Programs offer educational and fun activities in a safe environment where all are welcome.  Programs are open to children in Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade. run September 2022 – June 2023. Participation is determined by lottery.

Click here to apply to the Community Schools Afterschool Programs Lottery (Waiting Pool)  

The deadline to apply was Friday, June 3, 2022. Any eligible applications received after June 3 will be automatically added to the Community Schools Afterschool Program waiting pool.

  • Only submit one application per household. In the Viewpoint application, you have the option of applying for more than one child in your household. Submitting separate applications for each child or duplicate applications for the children in your household will not increase your child’s chances of getting a seat in an afterschool program. Duplicate applications will be removed from the lottery process.
  • If you made an error on your application, use the comment section in your Viewpoint application to communicate with the application reviewer or email askdhsp@cambridgema.gov with your application’s record number and an explanation of the change needed. Do not create or submit another application.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be Cambridge residents or children of City of Cambridge employees.
  • Children must be entering Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade in September 2022.

Cost

Timeline

  • Monday, May 16 – Friday, June 3, 2022: Community Schools Afterschool Programs Lottery application period.
    • Applications will be completed online through the City’s Viewpoint platform.  
    • Families who need help with their application can contact askdhsp@cambridgema.gov or 61-349-6200.
  • Week of June 27, 2022: Families will be notified of their child’s placement in a Community Schools Afterschool program or in the waiting pool.
    • Notifications will be sent through email and the Viewpoint platform. Families can log into their Viewpoint account to check the status of their application at any time.

See Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about the lottery and Community Schools afterschool programming.
View the Community Schools 2022-2023 Afterschool Program Lottery Flyer

Community Schools and Locations

Community School Address Hours of Operation
Amigos 15 Upton St. 2:55p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Cambridgeport 89 Elm St. 2:25p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fletcher-Maynard 225 Windsor St. 3:55p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Graham and Parks 44 Linnaean St. 2:25p.m. - 5:30p.m.
Haggerty 110 Cushing St. 1:55p.m. - 5:30p.m.
Kennedy-Longfellow 158 Spring St. 1:55p.m. - 5:30p.m.
King Open 850 Cambridge St. 2:55p.m. - 6:00p.m.
MLK 102 Putnam Ave. 3:55p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Morse 40 Granite St. 2:25p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Peabody 70 Rindge Ave. 2:55p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Tobin 359 Broadway 1:55p.m. - 5:30p.m.

DHSP does not operate a Community School at the Baldwin School. For information about Agassiz Baldwin Community programming, visit agassiz.org/. Children who attend the Baldwin School are welcome to apply to other Community School sites through the 2022-2023 Community Schools Afterschool Lottery. 

Note: DHSP does not provide transportation to Community Schools programs. Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) provides transportation between schools and some Community Schools programs. Click here for more transportation information. Transportation to Community Schools sites is subject to finalization by Cambridge Public Schools in September 2022.

Questions? Email askdhsp@cambridgema.gov or call DHSP at 617-349-6200.

For information about other DHSP afterschool programs, visit www.cambridgema.gov/DHSPAfterschoolPrograms

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the DHSP Community Schools Afterschool Lottery?

  • Children must be Cambridge residents or the children of City of Cambridge employees.
  • Children must be entering Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade in September 2022.
  • How many days can my child participate?

    Families can apply for one of the following options:
    • Tuesday/Thursday (2 days a week)
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday (3 days a week)
    • Monday through Friday (5 days a week)

    Does my child need to attend the same school for academic and afterschool programming?

    No, but DHSP does not provide transportation to Community Schools sites. Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) provides transportation between schools and some Community Schools sites. If your child chooses to attend a Community School and CPS does not provide transportation between your child’s school and the Community School site, you will be responsible for transporting your child to the afterschool program. See below for more information.

    Is transportation provided between school and Community Schools sites?

    DHSP does not provide transportation to Community Schools sites. Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) provides transportation between schools and some Community Schools sites. If your child chooses to attend a Community School and CPS does not provide transportation between your child’s school and the Community School site, you will be responsible for transporting your child to afterschool.

    For more information, view information about transportation provided by CPS to Community Schools Sites. This information is subject to finalization by CPS in September 2022.

    Do any applicants receive priority consideration?

    Priority is based on income. Applicants with a household income of 65% or less than HUD Area Median Income (AMI) are given priority in the lottery.

    Is there a sibling preference for placements?

    There is a sibling preference for Community Schools placements. When one child’s lottery number is selected and they are placed in a program, their sibling(s) get preference to be placed at the same site (provided that the family indicated the same sites for all children). However, sibling placement depends on seat availability for the child’s age group and is not guaranteed.

    What are my child’s chances of getting a seat in a Community Schools Afterschool Program?

    This is an impossible question to answer with 100% certainty, as it depends on applicant priority status and how many applications DHSP receives for each grade level, days of the week, and site location.

    The more sites you select on your child’s application, the better your chances are for getting a seat. You can select up to 3 schools on your child’s application. Please only select sites that your child will be able to attend.

    How do I apply for the lottery?

    The deadline to apply was Friday, June 3, 2022. Any eligible applications received after June 3 will be automatically added to the Community Schools Afterschool Program waiting pool. Click here to apply.

    Is it likely that children in the waiting pool will be offered a seat?

    Not all families who are offered a seat at a DHSP Community Schools Afterschool Program accept the seat. As openings become available at each grade level, DHSP offers a seat to the next child in the waiting pool. You will be notified by email and through the Viewpoint platform if an opening becomes available for your child.

    Do I need to provide income verification documents to apply for the lottery?

    You do not need to provide income verification until your child is offered and accepts a seat at a Community Schools Afterschool program. DHSP Community Schools tuition rates are based on income and family size. All families with a Gross Family Income below $315,500 will be asked to provide verification of income by uploading their documents (2021 Tax return and 4 consecutive pay stubs (or last 30 days) OR current award letters for any benefits you are receiving (TANF, SSI, SNAP, WIC, etc.) to their Viewpoint account.

    Families with income above $315,500 do not need to provide documentation because they will be paying the top tuition rate.

    What date does programming end?

    Programming for all of DHSP’s afterschool programs, including Community Schools, will operate through June 2023. There will not be a need to register for another session during the 2022-2023 school year.

    Will there be afterschool programming on early release days? Holidays? Vacation weeks?

    Yes. Community Schools offer programming on CPS early release days, as well as full-day programming during February and April vacations. Early release day programming does not have an additional cost. Vacation week programming will incur an additional cost for participation, and the process for registering will be shared with families who are offered enrollment in September. A full schedule will be provided for enrolled families in September.

    How much does it cost to participate?

    Families pay tuition for an entire year of programming, broken into monthly payments. Monthly tuition rates are based on household size, family income and the number of days your child(ren) will attend programming.

    Can I apply after the Friday, June 3, 2022 deadline?

    Applications submitted after the lottery deadline will be automatically added to the waiting pool.

    How does the Community Schools Afterschool Lottery work?

    We use a unified enrollment system to make placements across many schools. You will fill out the common application and put in rank-order the schools you are interested in. First, we try to place children (in each grade) in their first-choice site for the days/sessions requested. If there are more applicants than seats available (for that grade), we admit students in order of their priority ranking. We determine priority ranking based on priority categories and your lottery number. We continue the process until the site reaches capacity.

    If there are no seats available for your first choice, your child will be considered for their second choice. We continue the process until your child has been place in a Community School program. No student receives a seat in more than one school.

    Each Community School site determines the number of seats available based on the program’s enrollment capacity. For the school year, enrollment is based on days of the week. We reserve 30% of the spots in each program for children from low-income households. These are our Priority seats. We hold a Priority Lottery and a General Lottery to fill the seats in our programs.

    Each applicant receives a random number generated from a program that automates numbers. DHSP staff will place children into available seats for their age group according to their lottery number. When possible, we will place siblings together. Once all available seats are filled, the remaining applicants are put in our waiting pool in order of their original lottery number. As families decline seats offered to them, we will offer the next eligible applicant the placement.

    How will I get billed and what are my payment options?

    After families accept their child’s seat and confirm the days their child will enroll, they will receive their monthly tuition, based on income and family size. Payment can be made by personal check or money order to the City of Cambridge.

    Can I change which days or how many days my child attends a program after we receive our lottery placement?

    You can reduce the number of days your child attends a program during the year by providing notice to the Program Director. The ability to change enrollment days or increase the number of days your child will attend a program each week will depend on program capacity.

    Are snacks provided at Community Schools afterschool programs?

    Yes. All Community Schools afterschool programs provide daily snacks for children in attendance. If a child has specific nutritional needs, families are encouraged to pack an individual snack for their child.

    What protocols and precautions will be in place for COVID-19?

    Our top priority is the health and safety of our children, families, and staff. We will follow the guidance of the Cambridge Public Health Department and the Cambridge Public Schools. Families will be notified of the latest COVID-19 guidelines at afterschool programs prior to their start in September.

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