Somerville Launches Preschool and Child Care Financial Assistance Initiative

The City of Somerville is now accepting applications for full-day preschool and child care financial assistance through its new Child Care Access and Affordability Program. To qualify, children must be between 15 months and 4 years old by August 31, 2022, and families must meet income eligibility requirements outlined at

Tuition assistance will be provided at child care programs that have partnered with the City of Somerville. Partners for the 2022-23 school year will be finalized in March.

The Child Care Access and Affordability Program is a new initiative launched as part of the City’s first major allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars announced in December. Somerville is dedicating an unprecedented $7 million into direct child care through mid-2025. This program will support 35 toddlers and preschoolers in the first year and grow to serve more than 100 children from infancy through school-age over the course of three years.

Multilingual applications are available at Printed applications can be provided upon request. Applications are due March 11. For questions or assistance applying, contact Lara Versari, SomerPromise Youth and Family Resource Navigator, at 617-625-6600 ext. 2346 or

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