2018 Hours and Dates

Week 1. June 25-29

Week 2. July 2-76 (closed July 4th)

Week 3. July 9-13

Week 4. July 16-20

Week 5. July 23-27

Week 6. July 30- August 3

Week 7. August 6-10

Week 8. August 13-17

CLOSED August 20-24

School year begins August 27, 2018

Summer at Lemberg

Summertime a Lemberg

While the Lemberg Summer Camp is a separate program of the Children's Center,  It is very much a continuation of our educationally enriching school year program.  It is lead by many of our school year teachers and the wonderful Brandeis students who work 30 hours a week and provide rich exploratory experiences for children.

The summer program curriculum is drawn from the interests of the children and planned around themes that take the children on trips of fantasy in our own backyard - this extraordinary university campus.  Our Environmental Education program goes into full gear as we have two full-time interns and a quarter acre garden to farm for fruit, herbs and vegetables which we care for and cook up.  The children are all involved in planting, watering, weeding, tasting, harvesting and  preparing food for the other groups in the community to give away and sell.  We have a creative arts program with a leading Boston dramatist, Chandra Pieragostini of City Stage Company, as a lead teacher and a rich musical opportunities lead by our two singer-song writers, Scott Kepnes  and Josh Rose.

Summer Camp is designed so parents can select and pay only for the weeks they need. Though mostly comprised of children who either attend or plan to attend one of the Lemberg Children's Center programs during the school year, all children are welcome.  This year we have several children coming with their families from China for two to four weeks.

Our program is intentionally small — around 30-40 children in the preschool (divided into 2 classrooms),  and three classrooms for infants and toddlers with the average group size being 7.  Though we spend a lot of time outside, we have a classroom on the first floor set up as a playroom/gross motor room and a larger space on the second floor for these activities too.

Our summer director, Katharine Braun-Levine, has worked at Lemberg CC since 2000. Katharine is very experienced with all ages of our children and a great support for our teachers and parents.   Our lead teachers and teaching assistants usually have worked in our school-year program. Nearly all work full time (40 hours) and are here for the majority of the weeks of the summer. Our executive director, Howard Baker, oversees all programs of the Lemberg Children's Center, Inc and will be here most of the summer.  He will also be leading a parenting discussion program  with a curriculum from the American Psychological Association, "ACT Raising Safe Kids".

As with our school year program our facilities are nut, peanut, egg and sesame-seed and oil free and our staff welcomes working with children who have special educational needs. We do what parents do. We provide all the support that our children need and consult with specialists in speech, sensory processing, motor development and psychology.

What does a day in the summer program look like?

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Check out some of our daily activities!

Our day normally consists of:

  • Small group play/project times where children choose which activity (art projects, blocks, playhouse, puzzles, etc.) they will participate in.

  • Large group meetings — including stories, discussions of the daily plans, puppets, songs — followed by small group activities based on curricular plans lead by teachers.

  • Outside play time (preceded by hand washing, diapering and toileting).

  • Lunch and two snack times (preceded by hand washing, diapering and toileting).

  • Pre-nap activities — toileting, stories, reading, listening to records or tapes.

  • All children sleep or rest on their cots during nap time (approximately one hour, unless parents specify other arrangements).

  • After nap (which is usually about an hour and fifteen minutes) the children have a snack and then go outside for water play.