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Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP)

By Cambridge Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

Known as universal preschool, we provide free preschool to Cambridge 4 year-olds and some 3 year-olds beginning in the 2024-2025 School Year.

Cambridge Preschool Program, Free Preschool for all Cambridge 4-year-olds, Families currently enrolled in Cambridge Preschool partner programs should still apply!
This is an ongoing program.
Monday through Friday.
All day

Schedule varies based on the program your child enrolls in.

Ages: 3 and 4.

Grades Preschool and Junior Kindergarten.

Cambridge residents only.

Eligibility for application:

  • Child must be a Cambridge resident (with a parent or legal guardian who is a Cambridge resident).
  • 4-years-old by August 31, 2024, or 3 years old by August 31, 2024, (there are limited seats for 3-year-olds and matching is not guaranteed)
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Cambridge Preschool Program
Office of Early Childhood

Application required

  • Specific dates

Cambridge Preschool Program Application

Required Documents:

As you prepare to complete your application, please have the following documents prepared and ready to upload:

  • Parent/Legal Guardian ID
  • Child Birth-Certificate or Passport
  • Documentation of Family Income
  • Proof of Cambridge Residency
  • Proof of Occupancy
  • Child's Physical/Immunization

*More details about what types of documents are acceptable as proof/verification can be found in the CPP Family Guide


The timeline for application and enrollment:

  • Apply any time between December 1 - January 15, 2024.
  • Notification of preschool match in early March 2024.
  • Families have 2 weeks from notification to accept or decline their placement.


Free for 6-hour school day, additional costs for extended day and summer care.

  • Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Available
  • Accepts Vouchers
  • Sliding scale based on income
  • Free for some residents


The program location changes over time.

  • In-person only.

  • Transportation from school provided for some eligible students; check with your child's school.

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Wheelchair accessible.

Additional information

The Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP), also known as universal preschool, will provide FREE preschool to Cambridge 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. CPP provides high quality preschool, and families can choose from a variety of Cambridge-based preschool programs.

A child is eligible if they live in Cambridge and are:

  • 4 years old by August 31, 2024 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.

CPP allows families to choose from our many partners, including Cambridge Public Schools, Department of Human Services Preschools, and community based partners. To find out more about the Office of Early Childhood and CPP please visit