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Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) is a Somerville Public Schools Early Education & Care Department and City of Somerville SomerPromise initiative.

Our Mission

Through Somerville’s mixed delivery system, Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) leads a network of early education and care providers to expand access to high-quality preschool and child care for children in Somerville from birth through age 5.

Our Vision

Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) envisions an early education system that gives every child an opportunity to develop a love of learning in a nurturing, responsive, and stimulating environment. SPYC believes that supporting local early education programs and uniting as one network with a shared vision will meet the range of needs among children and families in Somerville.

Our Goal

SPYC is committed to equity in educational outcomes for all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, home language, geography, or culture. The goal of SPYC is to expand early childhood education program access, and align and improve the quality of Somerville’s local early childhood education system through strategic partnerships between the Somerville Public Schools district, the City of Somerville, and participating early childhood centers and providers in Somerville that are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The SPYC network support Somerville’s continuing work toward Universal Kindergarten Readiness through access, quality, and wraparound initiatives.

This work ensures that:


  • Receive more information, through broad outreach, about the importance of growth and development in the early years and the environments that support this growth
  • Regardless of socio-economic status, geography, race, ethnicity, or any other demographic factor, have access to high quality early education programming that fits individual family needs


  • Attend early education programs staffed with caring, knowledgeable, and professionally supported teachers and directors
  • Have rich and high quality opportunities to play, learn, and grow
  • Connect in meaningful ways and build strong relationships with other children and adults

Early Educators & Program Directors

  • Have access to increased professional support (via instructional coaching, professional development, degree attainment support, and mentorship) to deepen instructional practice and job satisfaction
  • Can join a learning community of early educators across Somerville to align quality practices and increase connectivity among previously siloed programs


  • Sees young children as capable and competent members of the community
  • Continues to value and support early education options across the city
  • Is home to programs that represent and serve the diverse needs of Somerville residents