Half Day Preschool

at

Waterfront Park

Place-based education for children ages 2.9 through 6

Location

We will spend our mornings in the park and at the aquarium.  The children are active participants in selecting which places we visit and how we explore them. 

Hours and Schedule

​9 am – 12 pm, Monday through Friday (5 days/week)

We follow the Boston Public Schools calendar.  Our anticipated start date is Tuesday, September 8th.

Note: If your family needs childcare after 12 p.m., please let us know.  We may be able to help make connections.

Daily Rhythm

9 a.m.: Drop-off at the playground

·      Morning circle: greetings, songs, games, and safety rules

·      Projects, play, aquarium visit, and/or walk in the neighborhood

·      Snack and story-time

·      Centers on the Green (art, books, marine life, etc.)

12 p.m.: Pick-up at the playground

 

The children will spend their days playing in and investigating the local environment.  Learning opportunities naturally arise as children explore their interests with the guidance of experienced teachers. What do the children want to learn more about? What places would they like to explore? What local resources are interesting and available for us to pursue? In this way, investigations naturally emerge from the children’s interests. For example, if on a walk down the wharf the children notice the different boats' shapes and sizes, the teachers might help record their theories about boat design, support the children testing out their own boat designs with tin foil, pennies, and a bucket of water, and set up an interview with a ship captain. If the children are interested in plants, we could document the life cycle of a tulip by drawing and measuring it each week, and we could ask FOCCP to help with gardening.

 

As an outdoor program, our activities depend on the weather and seasons.  In the winter we will spend time running, jumping, and playing whole-body games to stay warm.  During our summer program, we will spend time at the sprinklers.  In all seasons, you’ll see children playing, laughing, problem-solving, making friends, and connecting with their neighborhood.

 

We will visit the New England Aquarium on a regular basis, and especially on inclement-weather days in winter.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn about marine life at the aquarium, and to loan materials from the aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center to continue our learning at the park.

Tuition

School-year tuition: $10,800 (10 monthly payments of $1,080)​.  

 

An enrollment fee of $200 is required to reserve your spot.

Please inquire about scholarships.

How to Apply

We just opened enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year!  Please call Sarah at 917-692-6946 or email her at Sarah.Besse@bopn.org.

 

Registration is complete and your child's spot is secured once we have received a completed enrollment packet and non-refundable $200 enrollment fee.

 

To be eligible, your child must be at least 2 years and 9 months of age by September 8th. 

 

We look forward to getting to know you!  

Please note that while BOPN has a friendly relationship with the Arboretum and MassHort, all are separate organizations and the Arboretum or MassHort are not involved with organizing or operating BOPN's programs.

Nondiscrimination statement:

Boston Outdoor Preschool Network admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at BOPN and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.