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About SomerPromise

The Somerville Promise Alliance (SomerPromise) is a community-wide effort that focuses on aligning and mobilizing resources to address the academic, social and environmental factors that affect student success. We are committed to equity and excellence in children’s lives during and out of school, from cradle to career.

SomerPromise is committed to bridging the opportunity gap to close the achievement gap. Our work focuses on the four key areas of attendance, after school and out-of-school time, literacy, and health and well-being. We believe that caring adults are fundamental to our goals, and that working collaboratively with City, schools and community partners maximizes the impact of all of our work.

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

42 Prescott St.
Room 13
Somerville, MA 02143
United States

Employee Directory

Somerville Hub

Preview thumbnail of SomervilleHub.orgVisit the Somerville Hub at to find what families need to play, live, and thrive in Somerville. Including:

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


For more information about the Somerville Hub, contact Ruth Santos, SomerPromise Coordinator, at 617-625-6600 x2342 or

Our Approach

Working in collaboration with our many partners, we support:

Research and Data

SomerPromise identifies gaps, needs and trends affecting student success, provides research to support the facts, and tracks and shares data.


SomerPromise researches grants and coordinates grant writing among our partners. In addition, we provide seed funding for sustainable projects in line with our key areas of focus.

Facilitation and Outreach

SomerPromise convenes meetings to engage diverse perspectives and organize coordinated efforts. We support cross-sector community engagement efforts, and we work hard to increase the visibility of key topics, needs, solutions and support.

Programs and Resources

SomerPromise assists in piloting new initiatives and developing existing programs.


Building Community (PDF)

Preview of the SomerPromise Community Building PDF


Additional Resources

Child Care Tuition Assistance

Programa de Accesibilidad y Asequibilidad al Cuidado Infantil de la Ciudad de Somerville Solicitud de la asistencia financiera.

El Programa de Accesibilidad y Asequibilidad al Cuidado Infantil de la Ciudad de Somerville ofrece asistencia financiera para cubrir el costo del cuidado infantil y preescolar para los residentes de Somerville. Se brinda asistencia en programas de cuidado infantil que se han asociado con la ciudad de Somerville. Todavía estamos seleccionando socios para el año escolar 2022-23. To apply:

Child Care Access and Affordability Financial Assistance Program

The City of Somerville Child Care Access and Affordability Program awards financial assistance to support the cost of preschool & child care for Somerville residents. Assistance is provided at child care programs that have partnered with the City of Somerville. Partners for the 2022-23 school year are still being selected. 

Previous pilot partners included: 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.

Minimum Eligibility:

  • Children must be 15 months to 4 years old by August 31, 2022
  • Family income must not exceed the amount in the chart below 

Family Income Guidelines

Household Size 








Income Limit








Applications are due on March 11, 2022. Applications received after this date will only be considered if there are additional spaces available.  

The Child Care Access and Affordability staff will review the responses in your completed application to determine eligibility. Please respond with as much information as possible to help the staff get a clear picture of your eligibility.

If you are selected for financial assistance, you will receive more information from the SomerPromise Youth and Family Resource Navigator, Lara Versari, regarding availability at our partner child care programs. Please note that due to the volume of applications, we may not be able to offer financial assistance to all eligible families. 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 2022-2023 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. 

The City of Somerville and Somerville Public Schools are committed to protecting the information and rights of our children and families. The information you provide in this application will be used solely to determine eligibility and will be kept confidential. 

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


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