Building the Foundation for Future Success

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College Bound has created a continuum of services to reach students before they get off track. Our Early Education, Out of School Time and Alternative Middle School programs prevent students from disconnecting from their education and ensure that they are entering or progressing through school at or above grade level. For more information about these programs and how to enroll, please contact the Student Placement Department at (617) 506-5910.

Early Education


Home-based Early Education is offered in safe, nurturing environments within a provider’s home.  Provider educators deliver developmentally appropriate activities to children between the ages of 3 months – 5 years of age. Providers are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and are monitored and supported by College Bound Dorchester staff.  Full-day, full-year programming is available in 10 home-based centers throughout Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan. Fees are assessed weekly based on a published rate and subsidies are available through contracted and voucher slots.


Four center-based Early Education programs focus on both academic and social school readiness for children between the ages of 2.9 and 6 years. Staff within Early Education centers teach developmentally and age-appropriate curriculum that includes literacy, art and physical coordination. Full-day, full-year programming is offered in Dorchester. Fees are assessed weekly based on a published rate and subsidies are available through contracted and voucher slots. Location: Ruth Darling Center |18 Samoset Street, Dorchester

Out of School Time (OST)

OST Program

Recognizing that Out of School Time programs are critical to a child’s academic success in school, College Bound Dorchester provides students with a range of activities including homework assistance, writing, visual and performing arts, science exploration, physical education and field trips. During the last year, 98% of Out of School Time students were promoted to the next grade level on time. Out of School Time programs serve children ages 6 to 12 years between the hours of 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm during the academic year, and all day during school and summer vacations. Programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and income eligible slots are available for parents meeting the requirements. Vouchers are also accepted. Locations: Dorchester Place 1725 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester | UP Holland Academy 39 Olney Street, Dorchester

Alternative Middle School

Middle School Program

The College Bound Middle School provides a small student to teacher ratio, academically rigorous curriculum and a supportive learning community for some of the highest risk middle school students in the Boston Public School system. Classroom instruction addresses specific academic skills and knowledge gaps, and provides students with a full range of classes in Humanities, Science and Math. Literacy, workforce/career development and technology are also central components of the program which is designed to ensure that students develop the skills to reengage in their education and successfully transition to a college-focused high school. Location: Little House | 275 E Cottage Street, Dorchester