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26 Wales Street
Dorchester, MA 02124-2104

Phone: (617) 436-2480 | Fax: (617) 822-9015

Allison Barbieri, Director |

The Children's Learning Center is the oldest childcare facility in The Salvation Army's Massachusetts Division. This facility has provided outstanding education to more than 2,400 children in its 38-year history at its present location on Wales St. and over 5,000 families throughout its 86 year history.

PreGirlThe Preschool Program
2.9years to 5years

Currently, the Children's Learning Center (CLC) serves 60 preschool children between the ages of 2.9 to 5years of age from the Dorchester area and surrounding neighborhoods. The operating hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack is provided at no extra cost. Transportation is provided for the children. All of the teachers are EEC certified. The CLC accepts vouchers, EEC contracted slots, MBTA slots, and Salvation Army reduced rate slots are available.

Paige Farley-Hackel Memorial PlaygroundThe Salvation Army Children's Learning Center strives to provide a place where children and families can find vital services. At the Salvation Army CLC, a preschoolers' world begins as a caterpillar and opens up into a beautiful butterfly as they learn hands on skills through play and one on one supervised activities.

The Salvation Army CLC has an organized theme based curriculum that addresses everyday situations that encourage children to develop and foster social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. The CLC has an on site playground and structured field trips.


The After School/ Summer Camp Program
5 years to 12years

The Salvation Army CLC after school/summer enrichment program is committed to serving children in an environment responsive to social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. The CLC after school program provides literacy programs, arts and crafts and homework help. The hours of operation are 2:00pm-5:30pm and during school vacation weeks and the summer 8:00am -5:30pm.



Programs are safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate. Literacy focused. Creative activities help kids master new academic andlife skills.

Modern building, meals, large outside play area and parking. Tuition Scholarships available (Vouchers accepted)

Contact Helen spencer (Pre-School) 617.436.2481Pre-School

Contact Sandra Welcome (After-School) 617-436-2480After-School