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Kindergarten Afterschool Program

Kindergarten AfterschoolLicensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

Afterschool Registration for 2014-15 is now open! 

Our Program
Agassiz Baldwin Kindergarten Afterschool Program is committed to providing programming for families who value creativity, culture and community as an important part of their children’s lives. Our program specializes in building community through creative explorations and our nurturing teachers are responsive to the unique stages of Kindergarten development and growth. The separate Kindergarten space and staff allow for an inclusive and safe environment. We welcome children from every school in Cambridge and Somerville as well as all other local communities.

Our Space
The neighborhood location and large backyard are a perfect setting for cooperative games and imaginative play. This environment encourages individual expression and supports social relationships. Cambridge Public School (CPS) students in our program arrive from their schools via buses and are met at the Maria L. Baldwin School entrance by an afterschool staff member. The students are then brought to the kindergarten program, which is located four houses down at 20 Sacramento Street.

Choice-based Activities
After a long day at school, youth are welcomed with a healthy snack and have time to unwind. Youth then gather for meeting where the afternoon activities are discussed. Children choose two activities, called “Choices,” every afternoon which may include cooperative sports, games, science exploration, visual arts, dance, music, drama, writing, poetry and creative play. The teaching staff develop choices informed by the children’s interests as well as monthly themes. In order for our teachers to provide individualized attention we maintain a 1:13 teacher to student ratio. Afterschool students have the opportunity to take classes at the Maud Morgan Art Center with a 35% discount if they are enrolled in afterschool on the same day of the class.

Our Staff
The Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool teachers are nurturing individuals who are attentive to each child’s needs and dedicated to the program. The teaching team is led by the Director of Early Education, Kim Baldasaro who is trained in early childhood education. Our teaching staff represent a diverse group of engaging and creative individuals with an array of interests and talents. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Schedule:
Baldwin arrival/CPS bus drop-off: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
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 open for vacation programming over the December, February, and April vacation weeks. Vacation programming consists of daily themes, field trips, and visiting specialists. We open early on CPS early release days and host a professional performance or have a special event on these days.

Imagination Playground Blocks in Action

Project Based Learning
The 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 Leaning 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, drama performance or our student-run restaurant “The Flying Zucchini Cafe.”

Special Offerings
Our program has many features that make us unique as an afterschool. In addition to a variety of daily choices, Kindergarteners 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 the club topic. In addition to Clubs, Specialists, who are professionals in their fields, will guide students in furthering their appreciation and skill level in dance, drama and taekwondo.  The following are just some of the offerings throughout the school year:

Program Cost for 2014-15 School Year:
Monthly Tuition Fees
$530       5 Days per week (50% vacation weeks tuition included)
$440      4 Days per week
$350       3 Days per week
$260      2 Days per week
$170       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%

Vouchers
Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool accepts vouchers through the Child Care Choices of Boston 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.

Contact the Kindergarten Afterschool Program
Questions?  Contact Kim Baldasaro, Director of Early Education, at (617) 349-6287 x14 or kbaldasaro@agassiz.org.

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