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Outback Summer Program


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

We will open registration on March 1st.

Families register by the week for care from 8:30am-3:00pm. Daily extended day options may be limited, so families interested in extending their child’s day to 5:30pm should enroll in Outback Extended Day.

Interested families can sign up to receive updates by selecting the Children’s Programs General Interest list here.

Learn more about our Tuition Rates and Policies and Financial Aid opportunities.

Our Staff Many summer teachers are recruited from our afterschool programs. Our staff is first aid and CPR certified and made up of artists, dancers, athletes, musicians, and childcare specialists with skills in everything from printmaking to soccer. Morning specialists will guide students in deepening their appreciation and skill level in dance, sports, drama, ceramics, and other visual arts.

Teachers are assisted by youth from the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program and the Cambridge Mayor’s Youth Program.

Our Programs We provide a high-quality summer experience for families who value creativity, culture, and community. We specialize in building community through creative explorations and strive to strike the perfect balance of structure and freedom for a safe yet fun summer.

K-1st Grade Outback is open to rising Junior K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students. Children must be 4 by March 31st, 2019 to enroll. Our staff is sensitive to the fact that this may be your child’s first summer program experience. Activity times are age-appropriate and rest time is built into the day.
Questions? Contact Samantha Eaton, Early Education Site Director, at 617.349.6287 x14 or seaton@agassiz.org.

2nd-3rd Grade Outback is for students entering 2nd and 3rd Grade in the fall of 2019.
4th-6th Grade Outback is for students entering 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade in fall of 2019.
Questions? Contact Adam Ciampi, School Age Site Director at 617.497.4284 or aciampi@agassiz.org.

Our Space Outback takes place in the backyard of the historic ABC building located at 20 Sacramento Street in Cambridge. Our backyard includes a sandbox with water component, play structure, bocce ball court, an adjustable basketball hoop, and a cement four-square court.

The K-1 Program shares the backyard at 20 Sacramento with the rising 2nd through 6th Graders. The indoor classroom space in our building offers a quieter, air-conditioned space.

Outback also uses Sacramento Field (across the street) and Alden Park (Tot Lot, down the block) for sports and play. The Maria L. Baldwin school is our location during rainy or hot weather, where we have use of the community room (includes a kitchen), gym, several classrooms, and cafeteria. Outback will continue the use of the 3D and ceramics studios in the state of the art Maud Morgan Arts Center.

Choices, Choices, Choices! Outback is a choice-based program allowing children to pursue their interests and make decisions about how they want to spend their day. Teachers present their activities during community meetings and children can then decide which choice most inspires them. On Mondays, children choose clubs that meet every morning for that week. Clubs give more time for teachers and Outbackers to delve deeper into the chosen focus and work on ongoing projects.

* Free swim is a popular choice that typically happens once a week after lunch. Students and their teachers walk to the War Memorial Pool.

Daily Schedule at Outback

Weekly Schedule for Summer 2019 Program

Week 1 July 1- July 5 (closed on Independence Day July 4)
Week 2 July 8 – July 12
Week 3 July 15- July 19
Week 4 July 22- July 26
Week 5 July 29- August 2
Week 6 August 5- August 9
Week 7 August 12- August 16
Week 8 August 19- August 23

Field Trips and Special Events On Thursdays Outbackers visit a local beach to spend the day enjoying the sun and the sand. Other trips for specific age groups often include visits to museums, parks, farmers markets. We also bring guests, shows, and exhibits to Outback.

Contact the Outback Summer Program
Andrea Breen, Director of Children’s Programs
617.349.6287 x11
abreen@agassiz.org

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