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1st-5th Grade Afterschool Program

1st-5th Afterschool Program
Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

Afterschool Registration for 2014-15 is now open! 

Our Program
Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool is committed to providing high quality, structured afterschool programming for youth from all Cambridge and Somerville schools as well as all local communities. We value creativity, culture and community and activities are designed to encourage expression and exploration.  Youth choose from a variety of activities, including visual and performing arts, games, sports, homework assistance, cooking, jewelry making, media and outside time.

Play and physical activities are part of every afternoon at Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool, allowing children to have fun and develop social skills at a safe neighborhood location. The combination of comfortable facilities, a community-oriented atmosphere, and opportunities for creative self-expression make Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool a great choice for your child.

Our Staff
While there are numerous opportunities for creative self-expression, perhaps the most important feature of our afterschool program is teaching staff who are caring and attentive, competent, and creative. The Agassiz Baldwin 1st-5th Afterschool staff is led by our School Age Site-Director, Dana Moskowitz. The program staff consists of a talented group of afterschool teachers comprising a diverse range of musicians, athletes, dancers, and art educators. To learn more about our staff, click here.

All staff are certified in first aid and CPR and exceed the qualifications of an EEC verified teacher.

Our Space
The 1st-5th grade program is located on the ground level of the Maria L. Baldwin School and has use of the community room, gym, music room, and cafeteria. We also use the Alden Playground (Tot Lot) and the shady back yard of 20 Sacramento Street as well as have permitted daily use of Sacramento Field. Students from Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) arrive by school bus to our location and are met and checked in by an afterschool teacher.

4th and 5th Graders making sushi

4th and 5th Graders making sushi

Choice-based Activities
The afternoon begins with a healthy snack and a meeting where the afternoon activities are discussed. Children are offered two activity choices per day including outside play or gym games. Homework help is offered Mondays-Thursdays. The teaching staff create choices informed by the children’s interests as well as activities based on monthly and project-based curriculum themes. Teachers design developmentally appropriate activities for students grouped in 1st-2nd grades and 3rd-5th grades. Past themes have included: media, environmental issues, music, and food. Afterschool students will have the opportunity to take classes at the Maud Morgan Art Center with a 35% discount if they are enrolled in the afterschool on the same day.

Schedule
Baldwin arrival/CPS bus drop-off: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Parent/guardian pick-up: 5:30 pm
CPS early release days: 12:00 pm-5:30 pm

Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool follows the Cambridge Public School calendar.  We are also open for vacation programming over the December, February, and April vacation weeks and all CPS early release days. Vacation programming consists of daily themes, field trips, and visiting specialists.

Project Based Learning
Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool collaborates on long-term, interdisciplinary community projects. These projects are inspired and driven by children’s interests and natural curiosities. Project-Based Learning immerses youth in valuable team-building, problem solving, and community engagement experiences. By going on neighborhood field trips, having special guests and collaborating with community partners these projects evolve as youth explore the connections between different aspects of the project. Each project culminates in an event that invites participation from families and friends to create an authentic community experience. This might be a gallery show, a drama performance or our student-run restaurant, “The Flying Zucchini Cafe.”

Hanging for the Art Show

Hanging work for the annual art show

Special Offerings
Our program has many features that make us unique as an afterschool. In addition to a variety of daily choices, students can explore specific subjects and art forms on a deeper level. Afterschool teachers offer Clubs which  meet weekly and work on ongoing projects or delve deeper into topics. In addition to Clubs, Specialists, who are professionals in their fields, will guide students in furthering their appreciation and skill level in dance, drama, science and the arts.

Homework
 All 1st-5th Grade students have the option to do homework for either choice every Monday-Thursday. The Homework teacher is available to help individuals and provides quiet, engaging activities for students who are finished with their homework.

Piano Lessons
Individual piano lessons with Vickie Chen are available for an additional cost of $35 per lesson. Scholarships are available. Lessons take place in the Maria L. Baldwin school music room. For more information please contact Maria Laine via email or at (617) 349-6287 x11.

Program Cost for 2014-15 School Year:
Monthly Tuition Fees
$495       5 Days per week (50% vacation weeks tuition included)
$410      4 Days per week
$325       3 Days per week
$240      2 Days per week
$155      1 Day per week

Families may add a day for which their child is not registered with the permission of the Early Education Director for $45/day.

Vacation Week Fees
December, February and April (4 days): $200*
Registration fee for families not enrolled in afterschool: $25
*Full time families pay 50%

Field day races on Sacramento Field

Field day races on Sacramento Field

Vouchers
Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool accepts vouchers through Child Care Choices of Boston for eligible families. Please call them at 617-542-KIDS (5437) or visit their website for more information. Families who apply for a Voucher slot pay a two-week deposit, which is applied to the first and last week’s tuition fee. (See the EEC Financial Assistance Policy Guide and EEC Income Eligibility Table for more information.)

Scholarships
Need-based scholarships are available. To learn more, read through the scholarship information. If you have questions, contact Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs via email or at (617) 349-6287 x11.

Register Now
Our program is a safe, fun, and enriching environment for students to spend their afternoons! To register, visit our registration page!

Contact the 1st-5th Afterschool Program
Questions?  Contact Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs at (617) 349-6287 x11 or mlaine@agassiz.org.

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