At a Glance
Founded: Annual Budget:
1885 $7 million
Employees: Children and families served:
94 250 annually
3 (Two in the South End and one in Jamaica Plain)
65% of families receive childcare subsidies from the government
35% of families have the means to pay full tuition
25% of children have open cases with the Department of Children and Families
Boston Public Schools
Department of Early Education and Care
Boston Community Pediatrics
Beloved in the community, Ellis has a waitlist with over 600 children with no advertising.
Ellis strengthens Boston’s diverse working families by providing high quality education and care for children. Our goal is to help all children develop the social, emotional, and academic skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Ellis stands out for being among the most socio-economically, racially and culturally diverse organizations serving the children of Boston.
We engage over 250 children per year in full-time early education programming, with an emphasis on program excellence and diverse enrollment. Of our participants, 65% receive childcare subsidies from the government, and 80% are people of color.
Research on children from low-income households shows that compared with their peers, those who were enrolled in high quality early education programs exhibit stronger early reading and math skills, significant gains in social-emotional skills, reduced rates of repeating grades, reduced placement in special education, and increased likelihood of attending a four-year university. Research also shows that children who attend racially and socio-economically diverse schools build more empathy. At Ellis, all children thrive together.