Listen to Lemberg parents

"Lemberg is the most magical, extraordinary place I've ever been to for children. My daughter thrives here. The staff is wonderful; I learn a tremendous amount from my interactions with them. The atmosphere is full of energy, warmth and learning."

— D.K., Jamaica Plain

Listen to Lemberg parents

"Lemberg provides a variety of activities — our son enjoys knowing that he can do art, play with trains, play with the flour or snow in the sensory table, or sit quietly with one of the wonderful teachers reading a story. He loves the level of activity, and especially when they go outside to the playground! He comes home singing, and that is music to our ears!"

— K.X., Arlington

Brief History, Principals, Values and Philosophy


The Gersh and Sarah Lemberg Children's Center, Inc. (also known as Lemberg) was founded in 1970 by members of the Brandeis University community who needed high quality day care for their young children. Our pioneers wanted to provide the south side of Waltham and the western suburbs with a new model of childcare.  Early childhood educators have come to call this model "developmentally appropriate early care and education.”

Today, our model combines these features or goals:

  • We welcome all children and treat them with attention, respect, and affection; and we encourage them to return this to others.
  • We hire outgoing, friendly, family-centered professional caregivers and educators, who are encouraged to give hugs, be soft spoken, and be comfortable with each child.
  • We design and implement a curriculum
    • that is sensitive to cultural, racial, cognitive and physical differences.
    • that is based on developmental and relational psychology theories and encourages adults to understand that play is an important way in which to learn.
    • that is flexible, open and creative.
    • that plans times when children can play in mixed age groupings.
    • that incorporates a project approach to open education, which encourages our teachers to observe the interests of each child, and to provide a choice of activities based on these observations.
    • that treats boys and girls equally and considers anti-bias perspectives.
    • that uses psycho-dynamic approaches to understanding the behaviors of children.
    • that encourages the resolution of conflicts peacefully, by using a model discipline plan that respects children.
  • We expect parents to serve on our Board of Executive Directors or do other Lemberg community work.
  • We are open all year during regular work hours.
  • We scale our private tuition rates, and seek additional funding to support a diversity of household incomes.

Lemberg is committed to family/staff cooperation and community service. We continue our vital mission to provide young children with loving, educationally appropriate care.  We encourage friendship building, community involvement and excitement for learning.  We welcome children who speak different home languages, celebrate different traditions, and have diverse abilities.

Over the years, we have improved our facility, curriculum, and the ways we attend to the needs of each child and parent. We give high priority to staff stability in our program and achieve it by paying above market salaries and benefits.  Our center has enhanced its supervision and in-service development program for teaching assistants and college students. We have good working relationships with other community and state agencies, and we participate actively in supporting the development of high quality childcare in Massachusetts.  Lemberg has chosen to remain small in order to continue the personal, family-centered, cooperative effort that our model requires. These are achievements for which we are proud. Your support, and the continued participation of our alumni families, is essential for our school to work well and grow.