Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)


The Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)
, also known as Universal Preschool, is a publicly-funded program and a joint partnership between the City of Cambridge, the Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP), and Cambridge Public Schools (CPS).


  • CPP will provide free preschool to the families of all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.
  • A child is eligible for CPP 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)
  • The universal online application will open on Friday, December 1, 2023 and close on Monday, January 15, 2024 and be managed by the Office of Early Childhood. A paper application will also be available.
    • When completing the application, families will identify the programs they are interested in.
    • Families will then be matched with a preschool program based on the information they provided and program capacity.
    • Following the matching process, enrollment will be completed by CPS, DHSP, Head Start, or the community-based program.

What does CPP mean for CPS?

  • CPP will replace our 3-year-old lottery, which was held in October, and our Junior Kindergarten lottery, which was held in January.
  • CPS will still hold its Kindergarten lottery in January for children turning 5 years old by Aug 31, 2024.
  • Our Frequently Asked Questions (አማርኛ | عربي | বাংলা | Kreyòl ayisyen | Español) aims to answer many of the questions you may have about the impact CPP will have on CPS. 

News Release >>

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

Application Window
Please note that the application process will be open from Friday, December 1, 2023 through Monday, January 15, 2024.

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