The Peirce Elementary School in West Newton houses an independent before and after school program for grades K-5 called the Peirce Extended Day Program (PEDP). PEDP is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1977 by parents of Peirce School children to provide a program of enrichment for families who desire such services. The Program offers children a wonderful opportunity to socialize, play, and learn together in a safe and nurturing environment. It is professionally staffed with an overall teacher to student ratio of 1:9 (and often lower) and is licensed by Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care. Operating costs for the Program are covered through fees paid by participating families. Scholarships are also available.
Children at PEDP can choose from many different activities: arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking, music, drama, science, and others. Field trips and special events are planned on a regular basis. Extracurricular classes are also offered during the year such as: Kids Cooking Green, Skiing/Snowboarding, Basketball, and Tennis.
PEDP offers an “Early Birds” morning program that begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until the first bell at 8:20 a.m. The afternoon programs start at Peirce School dismissal and run until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Full day vacation week programs are also available during the February and April vacation weeks.