The primary goal of the program is to provide a wide variety of educational activities and experiences that challenge and stimulate the individual needs and interests of young children. Some children have been identified as having special needs.
Skills are developed through structured and less structured child-centered activities. Social, fine and gross motor, speech and language and cognitive skill development is fostered utilizing a developmental curricula.
A secondary goal of the program is to help children accept individual differences and recognize strengths in themselves and others.
The Program offers Early Childhood Resource materials. Books and videos geared for adults, as well as children, are available. Computers and software are available to promote preschool skill development.
A room has been set aside to serve as gym space and is furnished with age-appropriate motor equipment. A fenced-in playground is located adjacent to the building to further promote motor development.
The Early Childhood Center has its own Parent Teacher Council; as well as a parent support group. Parents are kept informed of preschool activities and resources through a weekly newsletter.
Location - Newman Elementary School
Days Available - Tuesday and Thursday AM session for younger children or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for older children.
Hours - Mornings: 8:30-11:00 or 9:15-11:45
Afternoons: 12:00-2:30 or 12:15-2:45
Each session lasts 2 1/2 hours
School Year - Follows calendar of the Needham Public School System
Enrollment - 15 children maximum class size
Age - 3 and 4 year olds
Staff - Teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, guidance counselor, assistant teachers, college interns
Tuition - $1,400 per year for 4 day program; $750 for 2 day program. Fees may be waived for income eligible families.
Contact or Enrollment Information
Marianne Foley, Early Childhood Coordinator
(781) 444-5426 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays