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Office of Early Childhood

Human Service Programs

The Cambridge Office of Early Childhood (OEC), formerly the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership, works to develop an easily accessed, aligned and coherent system of affordable, high-quality education and care that begins with prenatal care and extends through third grade in Cambridge. Sustained by the Department of Human Services Programs and Cambridge Public Schools, the Office of Early Childhood serves as Cambridge’s central coordinating hub for early childhood information and quality improvement and includes school and community-based early childhood education, home visiting, and family support and engagement. 

Visit the Office of Early Childhood's website


Cambridge Preschool Program

OEC is overseeing the implementation of the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP), also known as universal preschool. CPP will provide free preschool to Cambridge 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds beginning in the 2024-2025 school year.

Families can apply to the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP) from December 1 – January 15.

Learn more about CPP’s eligibility requirements, program options, and the application and matching process!

The information session will be recorded and shared online after the event.  

  • Information sessions for community members who speak languages other than English will be held in October and November. Interpretation services will be provided.  
    • If you have questions about these information sessions, please contact Megan Postal, the Office of Early Childhood’s Director of Family and Community Engagement, at mpostal@cpsd.us

Do you have questions about the Cambridge Preschool Program? Submit them when registering for the virtual meeting or email them to the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood at earlychildhood@cpsd.us. Your questions will inform the information shared during the webinar. 

For the latest updates about the Cambridge Preschool Program, visit the Office of Early Childhood's website or sign up for the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood's newsletter


About the Cambridge Preschool Program

The Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP) is overseen by the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood. CPP is a joint initiative of the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Schools (CPS).

  • Offers free school-day, school-year preschool placements. There will be additional costs for extended day and year-round programs for most families. 
  • All programs will offer high-quality, state-approved curriculum 
  • All programs will provide equitable learning experiences that focus on school readiness and social emotional learning 
  • Streamlined, single application process  

A child is eligible to apply if they live in Cambridge and are:

  • 4 years old by August 31, 2024 for 4-year-old programs; or
  • 3 years old by August 31, 2024 for 3-year-old programs (there are limited seats for 3-year-olds and there may be additional eligibility requirements)

Programs to choose from:  

Learn more at https://earlychildhoodcambridge.org/cpp.


Lisa Grant, Ed.D., Executive Director
Office of Early Childhood

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