Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education provides high-quality educational opportunities for the diverse adults of Greater Boston. Sign up today for a class in Cooking, Art, Music, ESL, French, Spanish, Wine & Spirits and so much more.  

New classes start every week from now through Summer. Click on the topics above to explore our offerings or view a pdf of the Summer Catalog below.

For more than a century, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) has provided an oasis of learning in the midst of the busy commercial hub Harvard Square. 

Every year, more than 8000 adults take classes here.  They are looking for knowledge offered in an affordable, social setting in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. We offer:

  • Extraordinary dedicated, knowledgeable teachers
  • Experiential learning in small group classes
  • Affordable course fees ensuring that classes have a mix of individuals from all walks of life
  • A welcoming atmosphere that encourages connections, often shaping friendships that last a lifetime

Nestled in two historic buildings - the William Brattle House (1727) and the Blacksmith House (1808) - CCAE is steps away from the Harvard Square T station, bus lines, and parking garages.  We offer homey classrooms inside, and inviting public spaces outside. The Brattle House courtyard encourages casual meetings by students, visitors and locals, while the café tables and umbrellas outside the Blacksmith House offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square.

Sign up for a class today, you belong here! 

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My Mother's Hands by Meghan Zaremba

My mother is an artist. She went to art school, but that's not what fundamentally makes her in artist in my mind. It's through her sandpaper hard-worked hands that show her true art. Nimble and quick, it was with her hands she taught me how to pluck tomatoes from our backyard garden, how to toss ingredients together to make my favorite cake (chocolate beet root, every birthday), and how to translate the world through a pencil and sketchpad. I mean, she also taught me how to love Barbra Streisand, and how to dance to the Supremes while cleaning, but we won't cover that today.