Worcester offers a wide range of free and low-cost public education programs for children and adults. Free public education is available to all kindergarten and school-age children in Worcester, including special education programs for children with disabilities.
Public Education Programs
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Worcester early childhood and preschool programs offer free or low-cost services to eligible low-income families with children. Families can choose the type of early childhood program they want, including day care centers, family child care, in-home child care, preschool and early intervention. Early Intervention programs help infants and toddlers who need extra help. Most Worcester early childhood and preschool programs also offer family support services and referrals.
Kindergarten is a public school program to help young children get ready for 1st grade. The Worcester Public Schools offers free full-day kindergarten programs in all elementary schools. Worcester parents can also send their children to free public kindergarten programs at charter schools or at "school choice" inter-district schools.
All children in Massachusetts, including homeless children and undocumented children, have the right to free public education. Worcester offers several types of public education programs for children in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Options include city schools, public charter schools, and inter-district schools.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) is free instruction for adults who want to improve their education or English language skills. ABE programs offer basic reading, writing, math, and problem-solving classes; English language lessons (ESOL / ESL); GED preparation; and other basic educational services for adult learners.
Special education programs are educational classes, instructions, and social services designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Special education programs are offered in public schools to children and youth, 3 to 21 years of age, at no cost to parents.