The application for the 2024-2025 school year opens December 1, 2023 at Noon

We are fully enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year.

 For waitlist or other inquiries, email director@open-center.org 

Application Selection Process

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to currently enrolled families and siblings of current and alumni OCC students.

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 Served

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

Hours of Operation

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 2023-2024  academic year (beginning September 5, 2023) is:

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:

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 email addresses of the families in their child’s classroom and are encouraged to arrange to meet other families over the summer.