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Our program 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, daily scheduler 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 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. The curriculum is based on year round themes which includes the following Criteria.


  • Science           
  • Technology
  • Engineering 
  • Arts
  • Math
  • Literature 
  • Culinary 
  • Horticulture 


One of our directors would love to show you and your family our program!  Tours are given anytime between 4:00 and 6:00.  To request a tour please email us at  Would you like to hear from a current NEDP family?  Let us know!

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