About Us

About Us

Mission Statement

“Associated Early Care and Education gives Greater Boston’s youngest children in need, from birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families.”

Since its inception in 1878, Associated Early Care & Education has continued to evolve and grow in order to best meet the needs of the communities and families we serve. We currently own and operate six early care and education centers and contract with over 140 independent child care providers through our family child care program. Associated cares for over 1,500 children each day.

Please see the What We Do tab for more in-depth information about our agency and the work we do with early care and education, research and policy, professional development, and more.

Curious what a typical day in our programs might look like for your child?  Visit A Day at Associated for a breakdown of the day—with lots of photos!

Who We Serve

The children we serve come primarily from low-income, working families living in Boston’s inner city and the cities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere, and Somerville. Three of our six centers are located in public housing developments. Seventy-four percent of the parents are single; 56% of families earn less than $20,640 a year; and 15% of the children have been identified by the Department of Social Services as having been abused and/or neglected.

Because affordable child care is critical to these families, we work hard to keep tuition costs at a minimum. Parents pay a sliding fee based on their income and family size, with donations and additional subsidies from public and private sources providing the necessary funding to make our services possible.