Our programs are designed to provide a safe environment in which children can learn, relax, thrive and have fun. We are not a school-within-a-school; rather, we make our space a home-away-from-home. Our children choose from a variety of teacher-led and child-initiated activities. The daily schedule reflects the needs of the various age groups and provides ample opportunity for homework time, active play and relaxed time in which our children choose from several different activities. To keep the program fresh and exciting, program wide themes are planned on a monthly basis and are incorporated into the activities along with special events or guest speakers.
In addition to providing a safe and fun environment, NEDP is committed to helping our children learn to be responsible community members. Each of our staff is trained in the Responsive Classroom® method, which enables us to reinforce the social lessons learned in Needham classrooms in our before and after school programs. We also provide many opportunities to give back to the larger Needham community. Over the years, NEDP has engaged in numerous community service projects and events designed to help local charities such as Needham Cares and the Needham Community Council, as well as larger charities such as Rosie’s Place, Project Linus, and Project Bread.