Childcare Programs for Grades JK - 5

HOW to find the right program
Finding after school childcare for your child can be stressful, and in Cambridge, the options are varied and not consistent from school to school. Here are some resources for finding childcare programs:

Note: you can click on the filter buttons to narrow your search by age, cost or location

Overview
Some families require a program that will offer consistent, full-time childcare with no gaps in the schedule, while others may have greater flexibility. The registration process is different for these two types of care.

Families who need full time childcare:
Full-time childcare programs fill up fast, so it is a good idea to register as soon as possible. 

Families with more flexibility:

All elementary schools have a Community Schools program, where families can sign up for individual enrichment classes. This program does not provide the full coverage of an after school childcare program, and registration typically begins after the start of the school year. Contact the program directly to confirm registration dates and procedures.
Taking the Bus 
You may sign your child up for a childcare program anywhere in the city, and students over age 4 can ride the school bus as long as there is an existing bus route already in place. Please check the bus stop finder to make sure there is a bus route that stops near the program. (Enter the address of the program in the search bar and hit search). You must also confirm that the program has a staff member who will be available to meet students at the bus stop.

Once you have confirmed that bus transportation will work for your child, please complete a Transportation Change Form and send it to the school to request the bus for your child. It is recommended that you speak directly with their teacher to ensure they are aware of your plan for after school.


Cost for families

The fees for afterschool programs vary and will be affected by whether you are eligible for a subsidy, and whether that comes in the form of a state voucher, a state subsidized slot, or a program scholarship. If you are paying full tuition for a five day a week slot, the cost is typically in the range of $400/month. Please do not hesitate to speak to the program and request financial assistance -- programs will have a form that you can complete to determine if you qualify. If you are not certain how to go about it, the family liaison at the school may be able to help.

Age children can attend
Most out of school time providers, including DHSP programs, are licensed by the state to provide childcare or enrichment classes to students who are at least 4.5 years old in September. DHSP programs at Tobin Montessori are licensed to serve children as young as 2.9. You can learn more by contacting programs directly.

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