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Afterschool Program

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

Registration for the 2021-22 school year began on August 5th. We currently have limited availability in our 5th-8th grade arts afterschool program. All other programs have a waitlist. As we tend to see movement on waitlists throughout the school year, we do encourage families to join them.

Tuition Rates and Policies

Financial Aid

Our Program is committed to providing a high-quality experience for youth from Cambridge and local communities. We value creativity, culture, and community, and our curriculum is designed to encourage expression and exploration. 

Our afterschool offerings are a bit different than they have been in years past. Students from kindergarten through 8th grade have the opportunity to try a range of art activities and classes through our Maud Morgan Arts programming. See below for more details on these different offerings.

In a normal afterschool day, our teachers plan a range of activities that meet children’s needs at all ages and energy levels. From the physically active, like basketball and tag, to mentally-engaging, such as collaborative board games or science experiments, there is something for every kid to enjoy!

Kindergarten Afterschool (open to Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students)
We will have one program for Kindergarten children. The Kindergarten Afterschool will use space in our main building at 20 Sacramento Street, one of the studios in the Maud Morgan Arts Center, and the spacious backyard with play structure and sandbox. There will be no separate Kindergarten art classes, but instead, Kindergarten afterschoolers will have art offered as part of their activity choices each day, and will have an Art Specialist as part of their teaching team. The afternoon will also include a healthy snack, outdoor recess (weather permitting), and two “choice time” activity blocks each afternoon.

1st-5th Afterschool
We will offer our typical 1st-5th grade afterschool program, which will be based in the Baldwin School, and make use of the Alden Park playground, Sacramento Field, and side lot (next to the Baldwin School). The afternoon will include a healthy snack, outdoor recess (weather permitting), and two “choice time” activity blocks each afternoon. Students will be offered a range of daily activities such as sports and games, arts and crafts, performing arts, homework help, and more.

1st-4th Arts Afterschool at Maud Morgan Arts
Families have the option to enroll their child in a day or more of art afterschool programming. Within this program, there will be a 1st-2nd grade group and a 3rd-4th grade group, and they will rotate through different mediums every 8-10 weeks. Students enrolled in a day of art can get a mix of ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media, over the course of the year. However, we recommend that families sign up for no more than 2 days of art programming to avoid repetition throughout the week. Unlike prior years of Maud Morgan Arts programming, there are no semesters or gaps, so enrollment guarantees childcare on that day for the entire school year. Arts Afterschool will take place in the studios at Maud Morgan Arts, and the backyard and basketball court at 20 Sacramento St. Arts instruction will start at 3:30pm but children who arrive earlier will be supervised, served a healthy snack and can choose to work on homework, do outdoor recess (indoors in inclement weather), and socialize with friends.

5th-8th Grade Arts Afterschool at Maud Morgan Arts
This program consists of one group of 5th-8th grade art afterschool students. As is the case with the younger art program, youth will rotate through mediums every 8-10 weeks so they get a mix of ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media, etc. over the course of the year. However, we recommend that families sign up for no more than 2 days of art programming to avoid repetition throughout the week. The program will take place in the studios at Maud Morgan, and the group will have a maximum of 10 students/day. Arts instruction will take place from 3:30-5:30 pm, but students may arrive anytime after 2pm. Before the arts activities begin, youth can have snack, do homework, socialize with friends, or play outside. Students can walk to the program, take a bus to the Baldwin School and walk themselves to the art center, or get dropped off. We will take attendance as youth arrive, and call families if we are expecting a student and they don’t arrive, but we do not meet buses and supervise the walk down to the art center for 6th-8th grade students (we do for 5th graders).

Hours: The transition to afterschool begins at 2 PM, but your child’s start time will depend on their dismissal from school and arrival method. Our 1st-5th grade afterschool is based in the Baldwin School, and our kindergarten and art programs are a few houses down on Sacramento Street, so we are able to pick up students from the school, or off the bus if they attend a different Cambridge school. Students are also welcome to be dropped off, or walk themselves to programming if they are in 6th-8th grade. Students should be signed out and picked up no later than 6 PM.

Our Staff is led by Director of Children’s Programs Kyla McMahon, and Director of Maud Morgan Arts Cory Shea and is a team of creative, caring and attentive individuals, some of whom have been part of our programming for years! While backgrounds vary, all of our teachers can expertly support our students in exploring their creativity, building relationships and, most importantly, having fun!

Our Space In the warmer weather, our program will be outside as much as possible in the various outdoor spaces around Sacramento Street (Alden Park, Sacramento Field, Baldwin School side lot) and in our spacious backyard. Art instruction will take place in the studios in the Maud Morgan Arts building at 20A Sacramento Street. Kindergarten afterchool uses classrooms inside our main building at 20 Sacramento Street as well as the front studio of MMA, and 1st-5th grade afterschool uses indoor spaces, such as the gym and cafeteria, inside the Baldwin School. 

COVID-19 Precautions To help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our programs, we require everyone on site to wear masks while indoors, and while the weather allows, have students eat snack outdoors. Our COVID-19 safety steps are ever-evolving, as we follow guidance from the Department of Early Education and Care.

Questions?

Registration and Billing: registration@agassiz.org or (617) 349-6287 x19

Kindergarten and 1st-5th grade Afterschool: Kyla McMahon, 617-349-6287×11

Art Afterschool: Cory Shea 

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