Children and Families


(6/2/20) The Baker-Polito Administration issued detailed guidance for the reopening of programs that serve children and youth. Learn More.

Childcare Information

Emergency programs are being made available to those on a limited basis who have no other option for care during this public health crisis. Priority will be given to people including but not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF involved families, and families living in shelters. For more information, and to view a list of Emergency Childcare Programs in Cambridge, visit Find It Cambridge.

For Providers

The Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership, a program of the Department of Human Services and Cambridge Public Schools, is providing resources to support early education and care (EEC) providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Resources, including newsletters and upcoming trainings, are available on the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership webpage. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Lei-Anne Ellis at


  • EEC providers are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the US Small Business Administration (SBA). The loan must be submitted using the streamline application form. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.
  • ECC providers are eligible to apply for a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. PPP loans are made by banks; to find a bank that will make a PPP loan, click here and type in your zip code. Banks making PPP loans may differ in the documentation they require.
    • For assistance applying for the EIDL and/or PPL loans, contact Lei-Anne Ellis at and put “help” in the subject line of the email.
  • EEC has partnered with to create a portal connecting essential workers to approved educators who are able to provide skills in-home care.
  • For upcoming trainings and professional development opportunities, visit the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership webpage.

For Families

At-Home Activities

DHSP Summer 2020 Programming

  • During Summer 2020, the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) will offer free Online/Offline Summer Programming to Cambridge children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Sign up for a variety of online and in-person activities each week, including daily virtual gatherings with friends and counselors, virtual activities to engage with in real-time, offline projects to do at home - cooking, creating, crafting and more! - and outdoor play and exercise supervised by DHSP staff. Programming will be offered weekly, July 13th through August 21st.
  • Registration opens Monday, June 22nd. Children must have completed one year of Kindergarten and priority will be given to applicants eligible for free or reduced lunch.
  • For more information, visit

Summer Food Program

The Cambridge Summer Food Program aims to increase food security in Cambridge by providing free and nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches to anyone 18 years of age and under. During Summer 2020, the program will provide a variety of healthy and tasty meals (in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) for young people in Cambridge.

Monday, June 22 through Friday, September 4, free bagged breakfasts and lunches will be served Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Alewife
    35 Cambridge Park Drive
  • Fletcher-Maynard Academy
    225 Windsor Street
  • Haggerty School
    110 Cushing St.
  • King Open School
    840 Cambridge St.
  • Morse School
    40 Granite St.
  • Peabody School
    70 Rindge Ave.
  • Putnam Ave. Upper School
    100 Putnam Ave.
  • Rindge Towers
    362 Rindge Ave.

During meal distribution, staff will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and gloves, sanitizing surfaces, and enforcing social distancing between staff and youth.

Plans to provide dinner meals during Summer 2020 are also in development. Details will be included on this webpage when available.

For more information, please contact or 617-349-6247. 

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