DHSP Childcare Afterschool Programs

Afterschool children

DHSP's Childcare Afterschool programs are designed to build children’s social skills and enhance their school-day learning. Children engage in developmentally appropriate project-based learning curriculum, both individually and in groups. All Childcare Afterschool programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

  • For ten months of the year (including early release days), all seven classrooms provide care from the end of the school-day until 5:55 p.m.
  • Programs are open during school vacation weeks and on snow days.
  • All programs have a staff-to-teacher ratio of 3 staff to 24 or 25 children.


DHSP Childcare Afterschool Programs are full for the 2022-2023 academic year. We will honor the existing Childcare Afterschool waitlist for the 2022-2023 school year, out of fairness to the families and children who enrolled under the waitlist process. We will not be adding any additional names to the waitlist because we have enough children on the current list to fill all openings through the 2022-2023 school year.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, DHSP Childcare Afterschool Programs will be moving to a more equitable lottery system for enrollments. Our lottery will include reserved priority seating in each of our Afterschool classrooms to ensure more equitable access to our programs. We define priority families as families who are at or below 65% of HUD Area Median Income (AMI). View HUD AMI income limits. 

Information about the 2023-2024 DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery will be shared in fall 2022.


Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale according to total gross family income and family size. A family’s tuition rate is determined by their income verification documents and shared with a family when they are being offered a seat.

Tuition Assistance:
You do not need to fill out any additional paperwork to request tuition assistance! We use the documents you submit in your application to verify income and calculate tuition rates, including tuition assistance. We accept DTA and Department of Early Care and Education Vouchers.

Questions? Contact Chandra Green, Enrollment Coordinator, at dhsppreschools@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-6254.
View program descriptions.

For information about other DHSP Afterschool Programs, visit www.cambridgema.gov/DHSPAfterschoolPrograms


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