Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)

CPP



What is the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)?

The Cambridge Preschool Program (also known as Universal Pre-K or UPK) is a publicly funded, mixed delivery system. A joint partnership between the City of Cambridge, the Department of Human Services Program (DHSP), and Cambridge Public Schools (CPS), CPP will provide access to high-quality early education and care for all Cambridge 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.

Highlights of CPP:

  • Free preschool for all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.
  • Programs to choose from:
    • Cambridge Public Schools
    • City of Cambridge’s Department of Human Service Programs
    • Select community-based preschool providers
  • A child is eligible 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 (please note there will be limited seats for 3-year-olds and there may be additional eligibility requirements)
  • High-quality state-approved curriculum
  • Equitable learning experiences that focus on school readiness and social emotional learning

CPP Application

The application period for the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP) is now closed for the 2024-2025 school year. Families in need of application assistance should contact [email protected]. If you have submitted a completed CPP application, please see the enrollment timeline below for what’s next in the process:

  • Notification of preschool match in early March 2024.
  • Families have 2 weeks from notification to accept or decline their placement.

What does CPP mean for CPS?

  • CPP replaced our 3-year-old lottery, which was historically held in October, and our Junior Kindergarten lottery, which was historically held in January.
  • CPS’s Kindergarten lottery is currently open through January 31, 2024 for children turning 5 years old by Aug 31, 2024.
RESOURCES

News Release >>

CPP Information Session (Virtual)
Thursday, October 12 | 7-8PM | Zoom
View recording >>

Application Window
The application period for the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP) is now closed for the 2024-2025 school year. Families in need of application assistance should contact [email protected].


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