Early Childhood Education

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

USES’s early childhood education program prepares children to become confident, successful learners. We have 62 slots for children 3 months through 6 years of age. 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.

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.

The early childhood program operates year-round and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. We offer sliding scale Department of Early Education and Care subsidized slots and accept vouchers. Our program is divided into three age groups:

The Infant Program

This program serves children ages 3 months to 1.3 years of age.

The Toddler Program

This program serves children ages 1.3 years to 2.9 years of age.

The Preschool Program

This program serves children ages 2.9 years through 5 years of age.


For further information about enrollment and/or voucher/contract renewals, please contact Karen Liberatore, Director of Program Administration, at kliberatore@uses.org or (617) 375-8173. For other questions about our Early Childhood Education program, contact Dolores Ortiz, Vice President of Programs, at dortiz@uses.org or (617) 375-8124.


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.