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 somervillema.gov/somerpromise.

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 somervillema.gov/CCAAP. 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 lversari@somervillema.gov.

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