LEDP (Lawrence Extended Day Program)

ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE: LEDP provides high quality after-school programming throughout the school year to as many K-6th grade children of working families as possible within the Lawrence community, while ensuring a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment. Currently LEDP serves 25% of all Lawrence families.

OUR VISION: The Lawrence Extended Day Program is dedicated to stimulating our children’s intellectual curiosity by exposing them to new ideas, and to enriching their character development by broadening their sense of community and service.

OUR MISSION: For the working families of Lawrence School with K-6th grade children, LEDP strives to provide a safe, comprehensive, consistent, kids-focused, innovative, academically enriching afterschool program run by highly-qualified and talented professionals who align LEDP programming with the in-school academic curriculum and socially-conscious service philosophy. Our working parent-controlled Board oversees the program and, along with our staff, works hard to earn the trust of our students, parents, the Lawrence classroom teachers, local and town-wide school administration, and other Brookline EDPs.

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Keys to LEDP’s Success Are:

•  Certified quality control & safety management    Every other year, LEDP undergoes a robust licensing renewal by the State of Massachusetts and maintains a membership in the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). All of our teachers are certified in First Aid and CPR. Key staff are also trained and certified in Special Ed. Further, staff participates in Brookline Teacher Development workshops on SPED, behavioral management, bullying prevention, and emergency preparedness. LEDP provides staff with relevant professional development throughout the year and self-funds workshops in essentials like homework skills, executive function, peer leadership, nutrition, and communication.

•  Ideal location   LEDP is housed at Lawrence School allowing for a safe and smooth transition to after school programming and a strong and continuous collaboration with the greater Lawrence School community. This assists LEDP staff in staying in close communication with classroom teachers and ensures a cooperative school-wide approach to best support students and ensure their success.

•  High-caliber people   Our parent-run Board supervises and supports a Director who is capable of leading and managing LEDP to achieve its vision, mission, and goals. Our Director attracts and retains full-time early childhood educators of both genders, with a mix of ethnicities and variety of specialties (i.e., art, music, athletics, crafts, reading and homework support), who value and model intellectual curiosity and service leadership. To tap expertise beyond the walls of LEDP, our leadership actively accesses local museums, social service organizations, parks and open spaces, the arts community, and even LEDP parents. LEDP seeks Board members with expertise in a broad spectrum of areas that relate to LEDP needs including finance, human resources, law, medicine, and child development.

•  Academically and socially aligned program   LEDP programming enhances grade-level school-day curriculum and community themes such as SJCC with enriching, engaging age-appropriate, academically and socially aligned after-school activities. We offer homework time for grades 1–6, and a combination of structured and unstructured activities and field trips. Our programming is designed to build as a student moves through grades K through 6. LEDP’s performance is measured annually through surveys of parents, teachers and kids. Feedback is used to enhance the services offered.

•  Nimble structure    Our Board and Director work together to foster a flexible, fluid, and team-oriented working climate, both within and beyond the borders of LEDP, to maximize limited funds, space, staff, and resources for the benefit of our children.

•  Essential working family coverage   Our program runs all year from 2:20 pm to 6 pm on regular school days and provides additional days of coverage during February and April school vacations, the Jewish Holidays, Good Friday, and the Brookline Teachers Professional Development Day. Also, on early release days, LEDP opens at 12/12:30pm for children signed up for that specific day.

•  Life-long friendships    LEDP’s caring community fosters friendships among students AND parents. Many students and alumni report their best friendships were made at LEDP.

For more information, contact our Director, Mary Gardiner, at 617-879-4379 or stop by the LEDP rooms downstairs.