In 1971, five families in search of quality childcare organized a playgroup in Cambridgeport, MA. By 1974, this intimate group grew to such an extent that new space was needed. After raising $26,000, the families repaired and renovated a former Model T repair garage themselves on Chestnut street and formed the Cambridgeport Children's Center, affectionately known as "Tot Lot".
Tot Lot is a community comprised of ethnically, racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse children, families, and staff. Through careful and intentional recruitment, the school maintains a staff and family body of varying races, cultures, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of the Cambridgeport Children's Center is to provide a nurturing and inclusive early childhood educational experience based on a Reggio-inspired philosophy that values diversity and respect. We actively promote partnerships between children, families, teachers, and the community. This family/staff cooperative works closely together on matters of policy, curriculum and everyday Tot Lot life to effect a fluid organization.