Preparing the Whole Family for Kindergarten

The Waltham Family School is a comprehensive family literacy program that dramatically improves educational opportunities for children by integrating early childhood, adult education and parenting skills.

We serve families with lowest levels of income and education:

WFS preschooler busy playing

WFS preschooler busy playing

  • 60% of parents have a 6th grade education or less in their home countries, and several have never had the opportunity to attend school before.
  • 100% meet HUD low or very low income guidelines
  • 82% of parents are from Central and South America, with others from Asia and Africa.


We exhibit demonstrated success:

  • In 2011, the first 23 graduates of the WFS preschool entered middle school. 46% of them are on the honor roll! 
  • In 2013, the second WFS adult graduate earned her GED in English.
  • In 2015, the first 5 graduates of the WFS preschool graduated from Waltham High School.