• 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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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 our music teacher come every week and introduce yoga and Habitat Nature Club on a bi-monthly basis, with no effect on the tuition.

The Flatbread Company’s Benefit Night

Every winter, The Flatbread Company and The Open Center join forces for our annual Benefit Night. It’s a night filled with pizza, bowling, and an incredibly popular raffle. The kids enjoy seeing cphoto (2) copyurrent friends, past students, and especially their teachers outside the classroom – on a school night no less! It’s a great way for the center to interact with the community. The Flatbread’s Benefit Night one of our most popular and successful events.

Yard Sale

In April of 2013, The Open Center held its first multi-family yard sale, with tremendous results! We took over the yard outside the center and sold donated items, with all proceeds going directly to the center. We plan to make it an annual event!

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We always welcome donations by check sent to the Open Center at 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville MA 02144. Please note “Reach for the Future Campaign” in the memo line. Please also be sure your donation includes your full name and address so that we can send appropriate acknowledgment.