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Outback Summer Program

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

Enrollment for Outback 2021 began on April 1st, 2021.

Tuition Rates and Policies

Financial Aid

Outback is open to rising Junior K through 6th Graders. Families register by session, enrolling in either an AM program (8:30am-1pm), PM program (1:30-5:45pm) or full day (8:30am-5:45pm).

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.

Teachers are typically 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.

Our Space Outback runs programming at 20 Sacramento Street and in the Maud Morgan Art Center 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.

Program Structure for Outback 2021. We may receive updated guidance from our licensor before summer, so our model is subject to change, but we anticipate continuing to have three separate groups with set teachers for each group, similar to last year. Groups will be a maximum of 26 but probably smaller. We will use studio spaces in Maud Morgan Arts, and classroom spaces in our main building at 20 Sacramento, but plan to spend the vast majority of the day outdoors unless weather forces us inside. We will have large event tents for each group to provide coverage from the sun or mild rain (we will always go inside in case of inclement weather/thunderstorms). 

We expect continued use of masks and social distancing, and will continue with frequent hand washing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day. Children will have a mix of structured activities throughout the week including ceramics, arts and crafts, sports and games, gardening, dance and drama, science experiments, and of course time for carefree summer fun like running through the sprinklers, digging in the sandbox, and spending time with friends. Because we expect most children will not be vaccinated this summer, we will explore the neighborhood but do not plan on taking any bus field trips this year, nor do we anticipate using public pools. 

Sample Daily Schedule: AM Session
  • 8:30-9 AM: Drop off
  • 9-9:15 AM: Morning Meeting
  • 9:15-10:15 AM: 1st Choice
  • 10:15-10:30 AM: Snack
  • 10:30-10:45 AM: Story Time
  • 10:45-11:45 AM: Second Choice
  • 11:45 AM-12:00 PM: Clean Up, Closing/Midday Circle
  • 12-12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 12:30-1 PM: Recess
  • 12:45-1 PM: Morning Group Pick-Up

1-1:30 PM: Full Day recess

Sample Daily Schedule: PM Session
  • 1:30-1:45 PM: PM Drop-Off
  • 1:45-2 PM: Afternoon Meeting
  • 2-3 PM: First Choice
  • 3-3:15 PM: Snack
  • 3:15-3:30 PM: Story Time
  • 3:30-4 PM: Recess
  • 4-4:15 PM: Meeting
  • 4:15-5:15 PM: Second Choice
  • 5:15-5:30 PM: Closing Circle, clean-up
  • 5:30-5:45 PM: Pick-up

Session 1: June 28-July 9 (closed July 5th for Independence Day)
Session 2: July 12-23
Session 3: July 26-August 6
Session 4: August 9-20
Session 5: August 23-27 (one week only)

Field Trips and Special Events Cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions. 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.

Questions? Contact us:
Jess Leach and Ashley Yee
617.349.6287 x19

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