Families seeking to enroll in the Open Center are encouraged to come to our Open House or schedule a visit about nine months before the year you are interested in enrolling your child. These visits allow parents to speak with teachers, observe teacher-child interactions, gain knowledge about the classroom environment and begin to understand classroom expectations. Upon acceptance, parents are required to submit a deposit of one month’s tuition within 10 days to secure the space for their child. This deposit is returned after completion of the child’s last month of enrollment. We try to keep our enrollment process low-key, comfortable and stress-free! Most children are enrolled, but occasionally a small number of children must be wait-listed until an opening occurs.

To Apply:

Email the Director at director@open-center.org

  • You will receive a reply from the administration within two business days of submitting your information.

  • We hold tours in January and begin scheduling them in late November. The director will contact you to schedule your tour; a morning visit without your child. During that time you will be able to observe how the teachers and children interact, see the classrooms, watch activities, and speak with the director.

  • We are happy to provide you with the names and contact information for some current families who are willing to speak with you about their experiences at the Center.

  • If you feel that the program might be a good fit for your family, you submit an application with a $50 non-refundable application fee. This application and fee places your child on the list for enrollment.

  • Information about availability is available as early as January 31 or as late as March 15. The Director will contact you when there is a space available for your child. You will have 10 days to accept the spot.

  • You can read our FAMILY HANDBOOK here.


We enroll children from 2 years 3 months to 5 years-old, as of September 1.

Hours and Scheduling Options

The center is open year-round with the exceptions noted below. Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


Tuition is set by the Parent Advisory Board each spring for the following fall. Tuition increases go into effect September 1st each year.

Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year (beginning September 6, 2022) is:

    • Green Room

      • 5 days/week: $2,352 per month

    • Blue Room

      • 5 days/week: $2,112 per month

Tuition is paid in advance on a monthly basis.


The Open Center operates on a year-round basis and staff is hired on an annual basis. As a result, we require that families sign a one-year contract with the center that is renewable upon agreement by the center and the family. The contract covers the period from September 1st (or your child’s start date) through the following August 31st.

School Closures

We are closed for the following holidays in 2022-2023:

  • Labor Day

  • October Professional Development Day (Friday before Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  • Veterans Day

  • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)

  • Winter Break (Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Presidents’ Day

  • Patriot’s Day

  • Good Friday (Staff Development Day)

  • Memorial Day

  • Juneteenth

  • Independence Day

  • The week before Labor Day

We follow the Somerville Public Schools for closures due to inclement weather.

Summer Visits

We arrange for newly enrolled children to visit the center with a parent once or twice before they begin attending the program; this allows them to meet the teachers and other children and to become familiar with their new classroom. It helps children to already have a friend or at least a familiar face prior to starting school. Families are also given a roster with the names and phone numbers of the children in their child’s classroom and are encouraged to arrange to meet other families over the summer.