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Outback Summer Program

Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Enrollment for the 2022 Outback Program begins Tuesday, March 1st at 8pm.

Tuition Rates and Policies

Financial Aid

Outback is 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. Outback is for rising Junior Kindergarteners (must have turned 4 on or before March 31st) through rising 6th graders. Families register by session (regular day from 8:30am-3:00pm) and may add an extended day option (3-5:45pm) for an additional fee. 

Our Staff is led by a strong leadership team with expertise in child development, health and safety, curriculum development, family communication, and supporting positive social-emotional growth in children. The teaching team is a dynamic and diverse group of artists, dancers, athletes, musicians, and childcare specialists with skills in everything from printmaking to soccer, committed to building relationships with children, leading a range of engaging activities, and providing an overall fun, welcoming, supportive environment that allows children to explore their interests, make friends, learn new things, and have a great summer experience. All staff are CPR/First Aid certified and participate in a rigorous orientation. The teaching staff is supported by high school Mayor’s Youth students, and middle school Counselors in Training.

Curriculum/Activities Outback curriculum is tailored to the interests of the children in the program and provides plenty of opportunities for children to choose their own activities, flex their creativity, and spend time with peers. We offer several activity periods each day called “choices” and children get to choose their activities. Typical choice offerings include a mix of structured activities such as sports and games, ceramics, visual arts, performance arts, and the more care-free summer activities like playing in the sandbox, running through the sprinkler, reading, crafts, and more!

Our Space Outback’s primary location is the spacious, wood-chipped, tree-shaded backyard at 20 Sacramento Street that has a large sandbox, basketball court and blacktop area, play structure, bocce ball court, and stage/deck area. We use large event style tents to help create outdoor classroom spaces and spend a significant amount of time outdoors, weather permitting. We use the 4 air-conditioned studios in Maud Morgan Arts Center (located in our backyard), including the fully equipped ceramics and printmaking studios, and classroom spaces in our main building at 20 Sacramento. We use the gym, cafeteria, and community room at the Baldwin School just a few doors down. And of course we make use of our community garden plot just across the street, the “Y-Field,” also across the street, and the playground across from the Baldwin School. We like to spread out and have plenty of options for children! 

Program Structure and COVID19 Protocols. We plan to have 3 groups of approximately 36 children, split by age group. We will determine groupings based on enrollment but will have children with their age peers. Each group will have a set group of teachers. Each of these groups will have designated indoor space in case of bad weather, and designated outdoor areas. There will be some mixing of groups, particularly during lunch and recess times.  

Outback is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for children. The course of the pandemic has presented us with endless twists and turns which makes it difficult to anticipate where things will be in July and August, although we hope that the worst will be behind us. This will be our third summer of running Outback during the pandemic, so we have developed a lot of plans to make the program as safe as possible. We spend a significant period of our time outdoors at Outback, which is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have high quality HEPA air-purifiers in all of our indoor classroom spaces, which remove over 99% of virus particles and go through all of the air in the space at least once every 10 minutes. Children will of course be permitted to wear masks this summer, but it’s very likely that we will no longer be requiring masks for everyone. We are exploring the testing options. We will continue to communicate quickly and transparently with families about COVID-19 updates. We ask that families return the favor and contact us immediately if their child or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 while they’re attending the program, and keep children home if they exhibit any symptoms, and we strongly urge all families to vaccinate children who are eligible. 

Sample Daily Schedule
8:30-9:15 – Sign In and Free Play
9:15 – Morning Groups
9:30 – First Meeting
9:45-10:45 – First Choice
10:45-11 Snack

11-11:15 Second Meeting
11:15-12:15 Second Choice
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:15 Recess
1:15-1:30 Third Meeting
1:30-2:30 Third Choice
2:30-2:45 Clean up/Closing Circle
2:45-3 Sign Out for Regular Day

3-3:15 Afternoon Snack
3:15-3:30 Afternoon Recess
3:30-3:45 Afternoon Meeting
3:45-4:30 1st Afternoon Choice
4:30-5:15 2nd Afternoon Choice
5:15-5:30 Clean Up/Closing Circle
5:30-5:45 Extended Day Sign Out

Session Dates
Session 1: July 11-15
Session 2: July 18-22
Session 3: July 25-29
Session 4: August 1-5
Session 5: August 8-12
Session 6: August 15-19
Session 7: August 22-26
Session 8: August 29-September 2

Field Trips and Special Events Due to the ongoing uncertainty on the COVID pandemic, we have made the decision not to take any field trips by bus this summer but will instead do some special activities over the summer on site. We will also include some walking trips to local destinations. Prior to the pandemic, we made use of the War Memorial pool for 1st-6th graders, and if available, we may again make this a weekly offering, but please note children walk to and from the pool, and we don’t yet know if this will be an option for us. 

Questions? Contact us:
617.349.6287 x19

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