Early Childhood Education

Located in Boston’s historic South End community, United South End Settlements’ Early Childhood Education program is focused on preparing your children to become confident, successful learners. We have 64 slots for children 3 months through 5 years of age across our infant, toddler, and preschool programs, within which USES provides childcare services in an early childhood education learning environment.

Our teachers create nurturing and inviting spaces which foster the development of children’s self-esteem while classrooms provide rich learning environments where children feel comfortable taking risks to help them grow socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Preschool Curriculum

Our Early Childhood Education program uses Creative Curriculum as a guide for creating developmentally appropriate lesson plans to ensure that each child’s individual and developmental needs are met. Arts programming is integrated in each of our classrooms through the Arts in Early Learning curriculum, which uses sensory rich, STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) arts experiences to teach abstract concepts in a tangible and accessible way. Young children learn with their whole bodies and minds, and we believe that the arts are a powerful tool for literacy and language development, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and developing self-confidence and emotional regulation.


Take a look at the video below to see what STEAM learning looks like at USES:

The Early Childhood Program operates year-round and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please click here to read about our current rates. USES is welcoming to those eligible for subsidies and vouchers from the Department of Early Education and Care. To check whether you are eligible, please consult this resource from the Massachusetts government.

Our program is divided into three age groups:

To learn more about why USES’s services are right for your family, please read the Parent & Guardian Handbook. For further information about enrollment and/or voucher/contract renewals, please contact Kaiti Coffin, Director of Early Childhood Education and Out of School Time, at kcoffin@uses.org or (617) 375-8119.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families.