Cambridge Office of Early Childhood

Shaping a Community Where Young Children Thrive

The Cambridge Office of Early Childhood works to develop an easily accessed, aligned and coherent system of affordable high-quality education and care that begins with prenatal care and extends through third grade in Cambridge. 

The office serves as Cambridge’s central coordinating hub for early childhood information and quality improvement. Our work can be summarized by three core concepts:

  • Start early. Over the first five years of life, 90% of a child’s brain “architecture” develops. This lays the foundation of all future learning.

  • Quality is essential. Because of the rapid growth of children’s brains, having access to high quality early learning opportunities is crucial to addressing the opportunity gap and improving all children’s outcomes. 

  • Strengthen “the village.” Children and families benefit the most when the services that support them are coherent and continuous. Professionals who support children and their families must work together to support children’s development.

The Cambridge Commitment to Families
Children and teens thrive when policy makers, schools, and city and community organizations partner with families to actively support children’s learning, development and well-being. It is our shared responsibility to engage each other in meaningful and culturally respectful ways. This effort is continuous across a child’s life from birth to adulthood and carried out everywhere they learn and grow.

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Lisa Grant Ed.D.
Executive Director 
617.349.6466
[email protected]


Cambridge Office of Early Childhood
Cambridge Public Schools
1972 Massachusetts Ave. 
Cambridge, MA 02140

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