Enrollment Process


Our application will open in January 2023. Families who inquire prior to December 1, 2022, by either email or Open House attendance, and who subsequently submit an application in January will be included in a Round One randomized waitlist (not in order of application submission). Welcome letters offering enrollment are sent in March. After priority enrollment is given to current families, remaining spots will be released to those families who are randomly selected from the Round One list. Upon receiving your welcome offer, we ask that you respond within 10 days with a deposit of one month’s tuition. After 10 days have passed, remaining spots will be offered to those who inquire after December 1, 2022.

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.

You can read our FAMILY HANDBOOK here.

Ages

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

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.

Contracts

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.