Click below to take a virtual tour of two of our Creative Start Children's Centers.
In 1970, a group of concerned parents, town officials and community volunteers formed Communities United, Inc., then a pilot program supported solely by Head Start funding with the purpose of providing comprehensive services in education, social services, health and parenting. At that time, CUI served a preschool population of 3-5 year olds for half-days in five communities. By 1980, the staff had grown to 50 and the program served 180 children.
Over the next ten years, the number of staff and children served doubled. The need for full-day childcare became a growing issue, and by 1995 CUI becomes a lead agency for state-funded Community Partnership Grants (CPG). CPG provided tuition subsidies enabling families to afford full day care for their children.
Today the agency’s 80 employees serve approximately 350 children, of infant, toddler and preschool age, from eleven unique suburban communities along the Rte. 128 belt. These communities are Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Burlington, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Woburn.
Mission & Goals
Communities United, Inc.’s mission is to provide high quality education and family services to a diverse population of children, ages 4 months to 5 years. We strive to ensure the success of the child, empower the family and strengthen the community. Our vision is to:
Offer economically integrated programs in the communities we serve, so that all children in our programs, regardless of economic status, benefit from all of our services.
Secure high quality staff, facilities and resources that foster excellence in all aspects of our operations.
Ensure that our staff and parents see themselves as lifelong learners committed to superior early childhood development.
Continue to appreciate diversity and strive to see this reflected in our staff and governing boards.
Continue to demonstrate leadership in developing quality early childhood programs for our communities and to foster leadership in the field.
The goal of Communities United, Inc. is to give preschool children and families an opportunity to experience growth by providing an environment that encourages participation and interaction in a full range of developmentally appropriate activities. We strive to increase the ability of children and families to cope with and initiate change in their lives and build upon the gains made through their experiences.
This year many of the families CUI serves are struggling more than ever due to the ongoing pandemic. Families have indicated an increase in food insecurity as a critical family need. Approximately 90% of the families CUI serves are living at or below the federal poverty level.
Help us feed families in need by contributing to our Food Backpack Program via Amazon Pantry. Your donation makes a difference!
We are truly thankful to our community partners (Books & Bread, Grace Chapel of Watertown, Hope & Comfort, Mildred's Dream Foundation, Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, Waltham Together) for extending their hands to support our families with food, paper products, clothing, tablets to support distance learning, hygiene products, and books and hats & mittens for children.
“Oliver and Julissa have enjoyed the distance learning. Today we read “brown bear, brown bear” and did a fun craft.”
– A Family from Woburn Creative Start