Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)


What is the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)?

The Cambridge Preschool Program 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 provides 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 are 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

Match Update for the 2024-2025 School Year

If you applied by the application deadline of January 15 and your child is eligible to participate in CPP, you will receive an email on Monday, March 11, with information about the preschool program that your child matched with and next steps for their enrollment in the 2024-2025 school year. 

  • The email notification will be sent from [email protected] to the email address you entered as the primary contact on your child’s application.
  • If you do not see an email from [email protected] in your inbox by the end of day on March 11, please check your Junk Mail folder. If you do not have an email from [email protected] in your inbox or Junk Mail folder, please contact [email protected].
  • Families have two weeks from notification to accept or decline their placement. Instructions for how to accept or decline your placement are included in the email.

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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