Enrichment is at the heart of The Elizabeth Peabody House’s Afterschool Program, whose curriculum complements classroom learning while also allowing kids to have fun. It also allows kids to be kids, giving them a chance to discover and explore their own talents through sports, arts & crafts and cultural activities. The aim is to develop strong interpersonal skills between students while bolstering self-confidence and an awareness of the world around them.
We provide transportation from all Somerville Public Schools, Prospect Hill Academy, and St. Catherine’s of Genoa School to our Program Building. Our healthy snack program is provided in conjunction with the USDA, and we accept Voucher and Income Eligible subsidized slots from the Department of Early Education and Care. Additionally, we provide early pickups on school half-days, and we are open for full days on school vacations, professional development days and most holidays.
Curriculum and Schedule
Our curriculum aims to bolster students’ in-school academic growth while focusing on positive social development. Every month, we focus on a “theme” for group activities and projects; from Astronomy to Visual Art, we make sure the students are engaged and active while the activities remain lesson-driven. Our primary areas of focus are Arts Education, STEM, Physical Education, and Community Engagement.
Here’s an example of a typical Afterschool Day:
2:35-3:00 Transportation from school
3:00-3:30 Self-directed activities in the main program area (Computer Lab, Group Games, etc.)
3:30-4:00 Gross motor activities in our playground
4:00-4:30 Break into small groups for homework help
4:30-5:30 Group project tailored to the curriculum’s monthly theme
School Age programming doesn’t stop when the school year ends! Thanks to a partnership with Everwood Day Camp, students enrolled in our School Age programs are able to take advantage of academically and socially enriching experiences throughout the summer in a traditional camp atmosphere. Students are transported daily to Sharon, MA, where they participate in a multitude of activities that promote cognitive development, artistic expression, social-emotional growth, and physical education. Students cook, climb, kayak, swim, sail, sculpt, act, zip line, and play—honing leadership and critical thinking skills and combating summer learning loss.