our programs

current program offerings

School Age Child Care

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Our School-Age Child Care Program aims to enhance the educational, emotional, and social development of children. Youth ages 5-13 (or up to 16 with special needs) can enroll in a structured program designed to expand their interests and horizons, and to develop positive attitudes toward others.  The program is open weekdays during the school year from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. On early release days, the program runs from 12:00 to 5:30 pm, and during vacations it operates from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. 


Our child care programming includes:


  • Age-appropriate programming for up to 40 children who are divided into two to three groups of younger, middle, and older youth.  
  • Planned learning experiences with project-based curriculum in a number of areas, including math, poetry, crafts, group games, team sports, cooking, gardening and other club activities.  
  • Differentiated instruction for all abilities.  
  • Highly qualified supervision of youth at a ratio of 1:13 or less. 

Summer and School Vacation Camp

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The MLC Summer Camp gives 40 low-income children from the Mystic Public Housing Development and nearby neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in enriching and fun activities during the summer months.  Since 1972, the camp serves children of diverse ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds with an exciting program of field trips, beach days, sports, arts and crafts, summer reading, morning exercise, and many other activities. 


The camp operates Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm from June to September.  The program welcomes children of all abilities, and those with special needs are given individual attention by trained staff.  Breakfast, lunch, and snack are served.  Parent drop off and pick up is required.

Empowering Competent Youth

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Job training and employment of low-income teens is the focus of the Empowering Competent Youth Program (ECYP).  Since 1998 ECYP has offered work experience, educational support activities, and leadership development for twelve to sixteen in-school youth per year who are hired and trained as Peer Leaders in the school-age childcare, after school, and summer programs.  The goal is to build youth competencies and assets through academic remediation, work experience, and leadership development.  Highlights of the program include:


  • Ongoing academic support and mentorship to ensure youth progress a minimum of one grade level, achieve a grade level appropriate for their situation, and graduate from high school. 
  • Valuable paid job experience. ECYP allows youth to explore different career options and to discover what training, education, and experience is necessary to be successful in these fields. Youth develop capacity in a variety of fields including early care and education, human services, child development, information technology, youth work, health care and mental health services. 

Pre-Teen Choice Club

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The Pre-teen choice club (PTCC) is a free drop-in program for youth age 8-14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. Youth who attend PTCC are served a nutritious snack and 

Books of Hope

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 BOH is a bridge between young authors from its home base in Somerville to  the literary arts community of Greater Boston area and beyond. BOH offers paid fellowships to young people who demonstrate commitment  and  to improving their craft. Fellowships include writing workshops,  publication & performance opportunities, professional development,  peer-mentoring/ facilitation training. 


Through BOH, under-­represented  young people exercise the skills necessary to follow their own path  between creativity self-exploration, and the financial &  experiential rewards for hard work. 

Summer Basketball

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 The Mystic Learning Center offers a free, six-week summer basketball program for youth between the ages of 8-18.  The program takes place at the Mystic Housing Development every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm. Every player receives a team t-shirt and award at the end of the program. Training in basketball coaching is also provided.  

Contact Us

Interested in signing up for one or more of our programs? Drop us a line! We'd love to hear from you.

Better yet, see us in person!

Mystic Learning Center, Inc.

530 Mystic Ave, Room 103, Somerville, MA 02145, US

(617) 623-0110