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About SomerPromise

SomerPromise supports the overall well-being of children and youth by connecting, aligning, and mobilizing community partners and resources to ensure every child in Somerville has the opportunity to thrive, from cradle to career. 

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Schools are working hard every day to help children in our community succeed, but many are still struggling. Since kids are only in school for 20% of their waking hours, we need to look beyond schools to make sure all kids have the supports they need to thrive. SomerPromise brings together the school district and community organizations to coordinate services and resources in new ways to support kids and their families both in and out of school.   


Contact Information
Christopher Hosman
Director of SomerPromise

Office hours are by appointment only.

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Phone Number

The Edgerly Building
8 Bonair St.
Room 101
Somerville, MA 02145
United States

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What Do We Do

  1. Facilitate and convene cross-sector partners to collaborate and set shared priorities, including convening the Children’s Cabinet, coordinating sessions that engage diverse perspectives to work towards cooperative and coordinated efforts, and helping set shared community priorities with clear success measures. 
  2. Coordinate and leverage resources for shared priorities, including seeking funding, coordinating grant-writing among partners, providing seed funding for sustainable projects, and supporting and implementing relevant professional development across partners. 
  3. Engage and connect with partners and the community, including communicating regularly about evidence-based community needs and opportunities for collaboration, sharing learnings and stories of success, establishing open channels of feedback and dialogue with partners, and supporting meaningful cross-sector community engagement. 
  4. Catalyze, incubate, and foster programs and initiatives, including incubating or assisting with the launch of pilot projects and new initiatives, and supporting the development of existing programs in line with shared priorities. 

Child Care Assistance

Somerville residents can apply for financial assistance for preschool and child care costs through the City of Somerville Child Care Access and Affordability Program

Previous partners include the Elizabeth Peabody House Preschool, The Somerville YMCA Preschool, Dandelion Montessori, Open Center for Children, Bigelow Cooperative Daycare Center, Tree House Academy, and Pooh and Friends Childcare. 

To be eligible, children must be between 15 months and four years old by August 31, 2023, and families must meet the income guidelines listed below: 

Family Income Guidelines

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Applications for the 2023-24 school year are due by May 16, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if additional spaces are available. 

The Child Care Access and Affordability staff reviews applications to determine eligibility. Please respond with as much information as possible to help the staff get a clear picture of your eligibility.  

SomerPromise Youth and Family Resource Navigator Lara Versari will contact families accepted for financial assistance with additional information about availability at our partner child care programs. We may not be able to offer financial assistance to all eligible families due to the volume of applications. If you are eligible, but not selected, you will be informed of your status on the waitlist.  

Due to the emergency need resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Family fees will be waived for the 2023-2024 school year. In an effort to sustain the program and increase family access in years going forward, families will be responsible for contributing a portion of the cost of their child’s care, which will be based on a sliding fee scale.  

Information submitted on applications will remain confidential and only be used to determine eligibility. If you have any questions about the form or require any assistance completing the application, please contact Lara Versari at 617-625-6600 ext.2346 or

 Apply by May 15, 2023, using the links below:




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Somerville Hub

    Somerville Hub offers information on a wide range of resources for families, including:  

    • Childcare Programs and activities  
    • Playgrounds and parks  
    • Preschool and Kindergarten 

    For more information, visit or contact SomerPromise Coordinator Madeleine Werner at 617-629-5666 ext.2342 or

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