Early Education and Care


The Somerville Public Schools Department of Early Education and Care ensures that young children in Somerville have equitable access to a curriculum approach where they are engaged in joyful, robust, challenging, child-centered experiences grounded in play, discovery, and their own interests, and guided by state and national learning standards.

We believe that children are born ready to learn and have the right to equitable access to a curricular approach that reflects who they are and what they are interested in. It is the job of the adults in a child’s life to prepare an environment and experiences that support a child’s ability to grow to their full potential. In order for children to be confident and happy learners in school and life, the adult, environment, and child work together to develop their own dispositions and practices alongside which children can grow and thrive. We use an anti-bias approach to our policies and curriculum; our goal is to make sure all our children and families are valued and that resources are distributed equitably. 

The Department of Early Education and Care oversees a mixed delivery system of early education and care options for families including free public preschool programs, Head Start classrooms, and private child care providers across the city, connecting all Somerville children to high quality early education and care.

We invite you to look through our website to learn more about our offerings, partnerships, curriculum, and family resources. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions!

Director of Early Education and Care Kathleen Bailer