Education Programs

Early Education

Home-based 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 30 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.

For more information about the program and enrollment, please contact  the Student Placement Department at (617) 506-5960.


Center-based Early Education

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 centers throughout Dorchester. Fees are assessed weekly based on a published rate and subsidies are available through contracted and voucher slots.

For more information about the program and enrollment, please contact the Student Placement Department at (617) 506-5960.

Out of School Time

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.

For more information about the program and enrollment, please contact the Student Placement Department at (617) 506-5960.

College Connections


College Connections provides college preparation programming for adolescents and adults aged 16 to 27, serving 450 students through four focused tracks to ensure they are placed firmly on the path to college:

  • Middle school students who have not been successful in a traditional public school setting and need an alternative setting to learn and to successfully enter an appropriate high school setting.
  • High school students in traditional educational settings who are failing one or more courses and for whom college is not considered a viable option to pursue.
  • Students who have become disengaged in their education, have dropped out or been pushed out of a traditional education setting, and need to complete their high school credential as a means to pursue college.
  • Young adults for whom English is a barrier to educational achievement

College Connections students participate in targeted academic assistance and mentoring groups to ensure that they attain both the education and social-emotional skills necessary to succeed in school through college graduation.

Alternative Middle School


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 curriculum 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 back into high school. During the 2011 fiscal year, 76.5% of Middle School students passed the English Language Arts test of the MCAS.

High School Pathway


Recognizing that the teenage years are a key juncture on a student’s path toward college, the Adolescent Development Program is designed to ensure that at-risk youth make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. By offering a diverse range of experiences and mentoring to complement their schooling, the program meets the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of Dorchester’s most at-risk teens between the ages of 11-18. Students have access to college readiness opportunities including academic and college preparation courses, sports/recreation and leadership development. During the 2011 fiscal year, 64% of Adolescent Development seniors enrolled in collge. The program operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Drop Out/Push Out (Foundations)


Foundations is an intensive academic-based program that prepares high-risk youth to earn their high school credential and matriculate to college. The first step for students is to earn their HiSET (formerly GED). Most students who make the commitment are prepared to sit for the exam within the first 6-9 months. While preparing for the high school equivalency, students meet with a College Readiness Advisor (CRA) to set goals, prepare their college applications and create financial aid plans. Once enrolled in college, CRAs continue to provide support services to ensure a smooth transition on campus.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


To accommodate adult learners who are interested in developing and strengthening their academic skills, College Bound Dorchester offers English classes year-round. The program, which operates both weekdays and during the weekends, is open to learners aged 18 to 27 who have the ultimate goal of attaining their college degree. Enrolled students have access to a computer lab, academic advising, drop-in childcare, and referrals to other support services within both College Bound Dorchester and in the community.

Through high-quality instruction, the ESOL program equips English language learners with the skills needed to successfully navigate different systems and services and to serve as advocates for their families. Through four levels of ESOL instruction, students gain the English language proficiency required to take next steps academically, such as obtaining high school credentials and transitioning to college. During the 2014 fiscal year, 72% of ESOL students transitioned to the next level.