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John Winthrop School for Young Children
66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

At this  private preschool with an emphasis on bringing out each child's individuality, teachers work with smallMore groups of students, from 15 months  to 5 years. Children are encouraged to grow by expressing their ideas and exploring their natural curiosities, and teachers promote qualities like social intelligence, beginning literacy, and mathematical thinking and counting.

While most kids attend a full-day schedule five days a week, children under 2  have the option to go part-time. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tuition ranges from $13,300 to $26,635, depending on your child's age and desired schedule.

The John Winthrop School was founded in 1965 by a member of the First Church in Boston. It's located in the basement of the church, but is no longer affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist denomination. The school also has a partnership with Northeastern University to provide a teaching assistant in each classroom.

140 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

Boston's YWCA – the first to be opened in the U.S. – has a long history of social activism and advocacy.More Today, the YMCA is more active than ever, offering a number of programs and classes with the aim of empowering women, fighting against racial prejudice, and alleviating the plight of urban youth. 

These programs include the Youth/Police Dialogues (a campaign to build trust between young people and policemen, in the hopes of curbing urban violence), women's health classes, financial literacy workshops, community outreach, professional development/career counseling, Stand Against Racism, and the Academy of Women Achievers (an evolving list, begun in 1995, to honor particular women for their civic and professional achievements). 

The YMCA also provides affordable, temporary housing for women and students, and they advocate politically on behalf of women, youth, minorities, and the poor.  This YMCA is located at 140 Clarendon St., which is a newly renovated historical headquarters. The YMCA relies heavily upon an activist volunteer base, and opportunities for service abound. 

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