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Community Schools Afterschool Programs Lottery

By DHSP Community Schools

DHSP Community Schools Programs provide educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for Cambridge children in Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade.

This program runs during the school year.
Monday through Friday.

Ages: 3 to 11.

Grades Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade.

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Roslyn Shoy
Division Head

Application required

  • Specific dates

Step-by-Step Instructions for Lottery Application System.

Overview of Community Schools Afterschool Programs Page.

The link to the application will is available at (This application applies to DHSP Childcare Afterschool, Community Schools, and CYP Youth Center Pre-Teen/Middle School programs).

In-person help with filling out the application is available

  • We will be offering application support at 51 Inman, Frisoli Youth Center, and Gately Youth Center during the application period. Please visit for details

Families who are currently enrolled have the option of re-enrolling in the same site for the 2023-2024 school year

  • If families are interested in this option, they still need to fill out an application. Families will use the same application to apply for each of their children. 
  • If families would like to apply to a different site or program, they need to fill out an application. Their child(ren) will be entered in the lottery and will not have a placement preference

All decisions will be shared during the week of June 19th when you will be notified whether your child has a seat in an afterschool program or has been placed in the waiting pool.


Contact us for more information.


  • In-person only.

Amigos School

15 Upton St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Cambridgeport School

89 Elm Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Cambridgeport and The Port
Fletcher-Maynard Scholar College

225 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Port
Graham & Parks School

44 Linnaean St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Neighborhood 9
Haggerty School

110 Cushing Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Strawberry Hill and West Cambridge
Kennedy-Longfellow School

158 Spring St.
Cambridge, MA 02141

Cambridgeport, East Cambridge, and The Port
King Open School

850 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

East Cambridge
MLK Community School

102 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

Morse School

40 Granite Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


Two addition locations for programming are:

  • Peabody School at 70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
  • Tobin Montessori School at 359 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

Community Schools programs are offered Monday-Friday during afterschool hours, school vacation weeks, and early release days. Children enjoy activities that enhance their learning, creative expression, and health while fostering a sense of community and social connections. Community Schools programs operate in every public elementary school.


  • Applicants must be Cambridge residents or children of City of Cambridge employees.
  • Children must be entering Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade in September 2022.


  • Program cost is based on family income.


  • Monday, May 16 – Friday, June 3, 2022: Community Schools Afterschool Programs Lottery application period.
    • Applications will be completed online through the City’s Viewpoint platform.  
    • Families who need help with their application can contact or 617-349-6200.
  • Week of June 27, 2022: Families will be notified of their child’s placement in a Community Schools Afterschool program or in the waiting pool
    • Notifications will be sent through email and the Viewpoint platform. Families can log into their Viewpoint account to check the status of their application at any time.

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