Cambridge Preschool Program (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 many 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
  • Single, centralized online application (paper application will be available).
  • Application for the 2024-2025 school year will open in winter 2023/2024.
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