Frequently Asked Questions

Extended Day Programming: General

What is Watertown Community Education?

What is the Extended Day Program?

What are building-based Extended Day Programs?

Cunniff Extended Day Program

Hosmer Extended Day Program

Lowell Extended Day Program

Will the Extended Day Program be open during Parent Conferences?

Will the Extended Day Program be open during early release days professional days on March 1, 2017 and May 24, 2017?

What role do parents and guardians play in programmatical decisions and schedule planning for the Extended Day Program?

Extended Day Programming: Preschool / Pre - K

What is the difference between Early Steps Preschool and Pre-K?

If one fills up, can we switch to another program?

Do the children at the Phillips Preschool have access to Extended Day Programming?

Is there a “Waiting List” for some programs?

Who do parents call if they have questions specific to Preschool and Pre-K?

 

Extended Day Programming: General

  1. What is Watertown Community Education?

Watertown Community Education is a self-sustaining program of the Watertown Public Schools.  We provide quality learning and enrichment experiences for adults and children.  Watertown Community Education is committed to lifelong learning and building partnerships that provide programs that meet the needs of our community.

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  1.   What is the Extended Day Program?

The Extended Day Program provides after school care for children in Grades Pre-K through Grade 5 until 6PM daily. In addition, the Program offers a safe and enriching place during conference days, full days February and April vacations and ten weeks during the summer. For more information contact Beth Sahakian, Director of Community Ed. @ 617 923-7653, elizabeth.sahakian@watertown.k12.ma.us  Back to the top

  1.   What are building-based Extended Day Programs?

  1.  Cunniff Extended Day Program

The Cunniff Extended Day Program is a school based program that strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment.  Children of all abilities are welcome. We provide a program with a wide range of educational and recreational opportunities. Children are exposed to a variety of activities that are designed to be age appropriate. Homework time and assistance  are provided daily as needed. Lead Teachers plan fun and engaging project-based learning for every afternoon, and Instructional Aides run clubs for each group once a week.

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  1. Hosmer Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program seeks to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children. While recognizing the opportunities for learning and growth during after school hours, we believe that children need a change of pace during their after school time, including time for rest and relaxation.  With this in mind, we provide a program in which children may choose from a variety of structured enrichment activities and unstructured playtime when they may visit with friends and schoolmates or play quietly by themselves. Homework time is provided daily for children in grades 2 to 5.

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  1. Lowell Extended Day Program

The Lowell Extended Day Program (LEDP) provides a safe, nurturing environment for students of the Lowell School from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a tuition based program. Information is available in the menu area "Registration Forms and Information".

The Lowell Before School Program is open to students every day that school is in session from 7:15 a.m.-8:10 a.m. Staff provides students with quiet activities and a smooth transition to their teachers to start the school day in a positive way. It is a tuition-based program. Information can be viewed in the menu under "Registration Forms and Information"

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  1. Will the Extended Day Program be open during Parent Conferences?

Yes, the Extended Day Program will be open during parent conferences.

  1.  Will the Extended Day Program be open during early release days professional days on March 1, 2017 and May 24, 2017?

Currently, the Extended Day Program is scheduled to be closed until 2:35 pm on these days.  However, the District is exploring possible solutions so that the Extended Day Program can open at 12:15 pm.  We will provide an update in this FAQ on this issue by September 16, 2016.

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  1.   What role do parents and guardians play in programmatical decisions and schedule planning for the Extended Day Program?

Starting the fall of 2016, Wellness and Extended Services Director Donna Ruseckas and Extended Day Director Beth Sehakian are creating an Extended Day Advisory Board to enhance the school/family partnership.  Please stay tuned for more details [need date!]

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Extended Day Programming: Preschool / Pre - K

 

  1. What is the difference between Early Steps Preschool and Pre-K?

Early Steps Preschool is an integrated program designed to provide services to children aged 3-5 with or without disabilities.  In each Early Steps Preschool class, there are slots for eight “typically developing” peer partners available to parents on a tuition basis.  There are seven slots per classroom that are reserved for children with disabilities found eligible for special education services through the IEP Team process.  Early Steps Preschool classrooms have been housed at the Hosmer Elementary School, and have now expanded to two new spaces at the Phillips building.

For most children, the Early Steps Preschool is a half-day experience.

Pre-K Classes are offered to students age 4 that will be eligible for kindergarten the following school year. This program runs 5 full days and follows the schedule of Watertown Public School elementary schools. There is one Pre-K located at each elementary school. Students register for Pre-K in January. Waiting lists are generated once classes reach 18.  

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  1.  If one fills up, can we switch to another program?

This is a possibility, although most children recommended for the Pre-K classrooms have already experienced one or more years of pre-school, so it would be unusual for a parent to request to move their child from Pre-K back to Early Steps Preschool.

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  1. Do the children in the Early Steps Preschool at the Phillips have access to Extended Day Programming?

No, the Extended Day Programming is not offered to Preschool children either at the Early Steps Preschool at the Hosmer or the Phillips.

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  1.   Is there a “Waiting List” for some programs?

Currently there is a waiting list for both Early Steps Preschool peer partner slots, as well as for the Pre-K classrooms at each of the elementary schools.

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  1.  Who do parents call if they have questions specific to Preschool and Pre-K?

Preschool and Pre-K questions should be directed to the Director of Early Childhood, Karen Feeney.  She can be reached at by email at: karen.feeney@watertown.k12.ma.us or by phone at (617) 926-7765

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