Located in Somerville, Massachusetts the Open Center for Children was founded in 1972 guided by the belief that children learn much of what they need to know through play. Our program provides an enriched play environment in a warm, nurturing atmosphere where children can feel good about themselves. We emphasize social, emotional and language development through a wide range of learning experiences.

  • Parental Involvement

    Parental Involvement

    Parents play an important role at the Open Center, providing staff with information that helps us more fully understand your child, family, and culture. The Open Center staff seek to form a partnership with parents to help bridge the transition from home to school and provide a positive experience for your child. Parents are always […]

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  • Yoga!


    Both the Blue Room and Green room classrooms enjoy yoga classes twice a month during the warmer months, and every week during the winter. Instructor Janine Duffy works with the students on their balance and breathing in a fun and game-filled atmosphere. We are thrilled to be able to offer the students an indoor activity […]

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  • Music Class

    Music Class

    The Open Center is fortunate to have Parents’ Choice Award winner Liz Buchanan visit the classrooms once a week. The kids love her infectious enthusiasm for teaching and sharing her original songs. She pairs her popular music classes and original songs with the students’ current units of study, bridging classroom content with musical lessons. Read […]

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  • Weekend Meet-Ups

    Weekend Meet-Ups

    Once a month, the Parent Advisory Board and parent volunteers plan a meet-up outside the classroom. Usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon, these meet-ups provide families with an opportunity to connect outside the school and explore the community. In the past, we have visited area playgrounds, The Harvard Museum of Natural History, […]

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  • Habitat Nature Club

    Habitat Nature Club

    Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary visits the Blue Room twice a month, introducing students to creatures big and small. During recent visits. students have dissected owl pellets, learned about how hawks catch prey, followed worms through the dirt, and observed giant cockroaches. Habitat Nature Club visits are included in tuition.

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  • Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    The Open Center for Children is surrounded by playgrounds, giving students teachers ample opportunities to spend some energy outside of the classroom. Weather permitting, both classes go outside twice a day. The front yard play area provides a safe space for younger Green Room children to explore, grow plants, and let loose. Parents can usually […]

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Other Recent Posts

We are hiring

April 19, 2016 |

Lead Preschool Teacher About us: The Open Center for Children is a preschool program for children ages 2.9 to 5 years, serving Somerville area families since 1972. We are seeking an experienced teacher to join our talented team of educators in our preschool classroom, starting in August. Summary of duties: Using a collaborative approach, plan and implement […]

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Benefit Night at Flatbread

December 10, 2015 |

Our Parents Advisory Board is hosting a benefit on Febuary 2, 2016 at Flatbread Company in Davis Square, Somerville. In addition to receiving a portion of the proceeds from restaurant sales that evening, Open Center will host an exciting raffle prizes. The money raised through this annual fundraiser has had a tremendous impact on Open Center’s programming, allowing us […]

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Open Center for Children Open House: October 24 10:00 to 12:00

September 24, 2015 |

Do you have children ages 2 years 3 months to age 5? Are you looking for a warm, nurturing, play-based preschool? Drop by our annual Open House to learn more about the Open Center! Current families and teachers will be on hand to answer any questions. Hope to see you there!  

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