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 the hugely popular children’s musician, Jeff Jam visit the classrooms once a week. The kids love his infectious enthusiasm for sharing classic and original kids songs. Jeff Jam is a certified Music Together ® teacher, and leads music classes in Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, and Belmont. Learn more about Jeff Jam at […]

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  • Family Meet-Ups

    Family Meet-Ups

    At least four times a year, members of the Parent Advisory Board organize a family meet-up outside the classroom, typically on a weekend day. In the past, we’ve gathered at local playgrounds, visited museums, and met at community events – among other outings. Our meet-ups are a great way to get to know other kids […]

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  • Habitat Nature Club

    Habitat Nature Club

    Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary visits the classrooms 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

Spaces Available for 2017-2018 School Year

May 22, 2017 |

The Open Center for Children has a limited number of spaces available starting in September 2017 for children born by February 1, 2015 through age five. Please contact Gale Morano at opencenter@rcn.com if you would like to schedule a visit.

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Annual Fundraising Night

March 19, 2017 |

  Thank you for making the 2017 fundraiser such a great success!  This fundraiser, hosted by our Parents Advisory Board in partnership with Flatbread, has had a tremendous impact on the center’s programming by allowing us to expand our music program, introduce a weekly yoga program, and host Audubon naturalists from the Habitat Education Center […]

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January 15, 2014 |

The Open Center for Children is constantly looking for ways to improve the curriculum and enhance the children’s experience, in the classroom and out. Our two big fundraising events have been huge successes in the past, and we hope to continue out success in the upcoming years! In 2013, we raised enough money to have […]

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