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Uniting Community to Strengthen Families

United South End Settlements

At USES, we offer early education programs that support the whole family through quality education, development opportunities, and community connections.

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Serving the Boston community since 1892
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USES’ New Playground!

We are thrilled to share that USES is building a new playground this year! If you would like to help with fundraising, please click the button below.   


Our Mission

Supporting Economic Mobility


children served in our youth programs


families supported through our Family Mobility program
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Our mission 

Our mission is to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Through Early Childhood Education (ECE), our club48 afterschool and out-of-school time program, Family Mobility, and our summer sleepaway camp: Camp Hale, our programming aims to uplift and connect families from all backgrounds to create a place of community, success, and belonging for everyone. 

About USES

United South End Settlements (USES) is a non-profit organization in Boston’s South End neighborhood. Founded in 1892, USES provides children with quality education and enrichment opportunities. At the same time, we work with parents and caregivers to develop their capacity to reach goals around education, career, finances, family, and community connections. 

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Our Programs

A young boy is on the playground in the USES Early Childhood Education Program. Early Childhood Education (ECE)
For children 3 months – 5 years old, our ECE program provides high-quality care while preparing your child(ren) to become confident, successful learners.
Two young girls in club48 are playing in a classroom сlub48: Afterschool & Out-of-School Time
For children ages 5 – 12, club48 is a space for your child(ren) to engage in lessons, activities, local field trips, and more!
A child at Camp Hale shooting a bow and arrow Camp Hale 
Camp Hale offers youth the opportunity to experience a summer sleepaway camp in the White Mountains.
A mother and toddler are sitting at a table with food and grinning at the camera. Family Mobility  
Our Family Mobility program aims to provide a supportive partnership with parents and caregivers to move families forward in economic mobility.
Our Impact

What our
families say

Read what some of our current and past families say about our programming.

USES participant
The way USES gives back and the way they care about the community… I feel like I have another extended family with United South End Settlements. My kids are getting everything they need from USES and they not only care about your kids but they care about the parents, too.
USES parent
Highly recommend USES. They go above and beyond in making sure the kids have the best care. They treat the kids like their own.
USES parent
USES is caring. I love the way they engage with kids and parents. They’re also very supportive. If a kid likes science or art, I’ve seen teachers go all out with encouraging that passion and seeing the potential in that kid. They’ve been very supportive of my needs, too.
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Our Place

United South End Settlements

Located at 48 Rutland Street in Boston for over 130 years.  

Our news & events

Crowd watches USES Neighborhood Gala program.
May 21, 2024
USES Neighborhood Gala – A Success!
We are thrilled to share that Friday night’s Neighborhood Gala fundraiser was a success! Through generous donations and the support from friends, family, neighbors, and partners, we raised over $650,000! Reaching this achievement and getting the chance to celebrate with everyone was a true highlight for all of us at USES. We were very excited […]
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Feb 8, 2024
USES CEO Jerrell Cox Accepted Into YW Boston’s LeadBoston Program
The competitive program accepted more than 40 local leaders and changemakers around Boston to analyze the root causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges over 11 months.
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Jan 31, 2024
Lift Our Kids MA coalition seeks to improve cash assistance programs for children and families.
We stand with organizations like the Lift Our Kids MA coalition in urging the Governor to rescind cuts to cash assistance programs.
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