Early Childhood/Afterschool

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Early Childhood/Afterschool Office
Shelley Gross, Director

Medford High School
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155
Telephone: 781-393-2211
Fax: 781-393-2123
E-mail: sgross@medford.k12.ma.us

About the Early Childhood/Afterschool Office

The Early Childhood/Afterschool Office of the Medford Public Schools operates several early childhood programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts Children’s Trust. In addition, the office operates four afterschool programs located at each of the elementary schools- Brooks, Columbus, McGlynn and Roberts.

The Early Childhood Office is a local point of entry. Parents/Guardians can call the Early Childhood Office to find out information about quality child care, public school preschool programs, and afterschool programs. We can also assist placing eligible families on the Department of Early Education and Care centralized wait list for child care—infant, toddler, preschool, and school age.

We have created a flyer that provides listings of early education and care programs in Medford. If you are interested in receiving a free copy, you can view and download it here , or email Cheryl Alpers at calpers@medford.k12.ma.us or call 781-393-2102.

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care also provides a listing of all licensed child care and afterschool programs in Massachusetts.

Early Childhood/Afterschool Office Programs

The early childhood programs that are funded include the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant, the Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments, and the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant Program. These programs operate under the auspices of the Medford Family Resource Coalition (MFRC) Council, a governing body comprised of providers, parents, public school personnel and community members.

The Mission of the Medford Family Resource Coalition (MFRC) Council

The mission of the Medford Family Resource Coalition (MFRC) Council is to create a partnership that brings together families, social service agencies, the public school system, medical providers, early education and care providers, an institution of higher learning, faith-based organizations, businesses and city agencies to plan, develop, and oversee the implementation of comprehensive and high quality services to children, youth and families in the city of Medford. If you would like to become involved on this Council please contact Shelley Gross at sgross@medford.k12.ma.us or 781-393-2211.

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant
Funded by the Department of Early Education and Care

Through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant, the Medford Public Schools Early Childhood Office works to develop/provide a comprehensive plan for coordination and delivery of comprehensive services to families and to create access to consumer education, technical assistance, and training for early education and care educators that supports high quality programming. Specific programs include:

  • Medford Family Network (also funded through the Children’s Trust)
  • Parent-Child Home Program

Medford Family Network– See their website for information about the Medford Family Network and how this program promotes family education, engagement and literacy and facilitates access to consumer education.

Parent-Child Home Program– The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is an internationally recognized, proven, innovative home-based literacy, parenting and school readiness program that strengthens families and prepares children to succeed academically.

The parent and child enroll when the child is approximately two years of age, an important time for early language development. The family continues in the program for two years. Trained Home Visitors come to a home for a half hour visit twice a week. Carefully selected toys and books are used to model how parents can be effective teachers. The emphasis is on verbal interaction.

The PCHP is a free program for families that meet certain eligibility guidelines.

For additional information or to make a referral please contact the coordinator, Donna Foti-Scovell, at 781-393-2122 or email dscovell@medford.k12.ma.us.

Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant
Funded by the Department of Early Education and Care

Through the Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments grant the Medford Public Schools operates a preschool program for four-year-olds at the McGlynn Elementary School. This preschool program operates according to the school district calendar: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 P.M. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 P.M. on Wednesdays. This preschool program provides an opportunity for four-year-old children to participate in a high quality early education and care program that promotes their healthy development and school success in an inclusive learning environment. The McGlynn Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

For more information please contact Cheryl Alpers at 781-393-2102.

Please Note:Children will need to be 4 by August 31 in order to be eligible for the program.

Medford Public Schools Afterschool Programs

The Medford Public Schools offers four afterschool programs at each of the four elementary school sites: Brooks Elementary School, Columbus Elementary School, McGlynn Elementary School and the Roberts Elementary School. These high-quality afterschool programs are for children in grades kindergarten through grade five.

The Medford Public Schools Afterschool Program is a tuition-supported program under the auspices of the Medford Public Schools and the Medford School Committee policies. The program strives to contribute to the social emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children in a safe supportive learning environment. We offer snacks, playground/gym time, homework time, art, karate, drama, science and other activities based on the interests of the children.

The program opens when the elementary school closes for the day and closes promptly at 6:00 P.M. The program operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30 to 6:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 1:30 to 6:00 P.M. The program opens at 12:00 noon the day before Thanksgiving, the day before the winter recess and the last day of school.

The afterschool programs are in session when the Medford Public Schools are in session. We are closed for snow days, holidays, school vacation weeks and the summer.

Tuition rates are listed on the registration form. The Medford Public Schools accepts vouchers from the Child Care Circuit. Tuition can be paid online.



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Please contact Cheryl Alpers or Shelley Gross, Director, at 781-393-2102 if you would like further information regarding the Medford Public School’s afterschool programs.