Cambridge makes progress on common preschool
Might 26, 2023 by Alyssa Haywoode

Cambridge, Mass., is shifting one huge step nearer to launching its common preschool program, the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP).

Town has simply introduced that beginning this winter, mother and father can apply to enroll within the preschool program for the 2024-2025 college 12 months.

As The Boston Globe reviews, “The transfer is geared toward rising entry to high-quality early schooling in one in all Massachusetts’ most costly cities, dwelling to Harvard and MIT, the place non-public prekindergarten prices $20,000 to greater than $30,000 per 12 months.”

The Globe provides, “Cambridge joins different cities, akin to Boston and Springfield, in making free prekindergarten accessible for all youngsters.”

Cambridge expects to spend “about $20 million per 12 months on preschool, cash it present in its price range with out having to make cuts to different providers, officers stated. Town has been planning for the brand new prices by setting apart $10 million in subsequent 12 months’s price range to assist begin the preschool program the next 12 months.”

Metropolis leaders are robust supporters of CPP.

Cambridge Metropolis Supervisor Yi-An Huang says in a information launch, “The Metropolis of Cambridge is dedicated to making sure that each 4-year-old in Cambridge has entry to high-quality schooling, and we’re excited to make common preschool a actuality for our households in Fall 2024.”

“Each youngster in Cambridge deserves entry to preschool no matter their household’s revenue standing,” Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui says. “Common preschool has been a precedence of my workplace, and for the Metropolis Council and College Committee, for a few years. I look ahead to the lasting affect of common preschool on our group.”

CPP is open to youngsters who dwell in Cambridge and who shall be 4 years previous by August 31, 2024. Youngsters who will flip 3 years previous by this date can apply in the event that they meet particular eligibility necessities.

Utilizing only one software, households can apply to “a wide range of preschool settings” together with preschool packages in public faculties, these run by the town’s Division of Human Service Applications (DHSP), and community-based packages.

Households can have “the choice of choosing prolonged day and summer season preschool packages for an extra price.”

“Delivering high-quality early studying experiences for our preschool college students shall be a game-changer for our households, and I’m extremely grateful for the group’s help as we transfer ahead with this historic funding in our younger folks,” Cambridge Public Faculties Superintendent Victoria L. Greer stated.

To study extra, take a look at the Cambridge Workplace of Early Childhood’s web site.

And keep tuned as we maintain our eye on Cambridge to see how its common preschool program grows.
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