Communities United, Inc. and all our Creative Start Centers will remain closed until June 29th, 2020 per the Governor's order due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. Stay safe and healthy! Click here for helpful resources and more information about COVID-19.


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.

Upcoming Events

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – asan emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Newton Creative Start

573-B Washington St. Newton, MA 02458

Phone: 617-527-6689

serves children
ages 3 -5 years 
Waltham Creative Start

169 Elm St. Waltham, MA 02453

Phone: 781-647-0542

serves children
ages 2.6 -5 years 
Woburn Creative Start

470 Wildwood Ave. Unit #8 Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: 781-932-9578

serves children
ages 4 months -5 years 

"The teachers provide a warm, loving atmosphere for kids to learn."



4 Militia Drive, Suite 1 Lexington, MA 02421

Phone: 617-744-6076  

Ensuring the Success of the Child, Empowering the Family, and

Strengthening the Community.

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Serving Massachusetts families for 50 years
Arlington - Belmont - Brookline - Burlington  Lexington - Needham - Newton - Waltham  Watertown - Wellesley - Woburn