Summer News!

Dear families,
         I am excited to share with you some upcoming space changes for 2012-2013.   I have been working closely with Principal Cook and Driscoll staff over the last month regarding DEDP space.   These changes are a result of increased school population in addition to increased enrollment at DEDP.  DEDP is committed to serving all families in need of after school care.   The "Crib" isn't large enough this upcoming year  to accommodate extended day children in grades 3-5 for free play.   We are redesigning the stage and small room in 101 to be a free play space for grades 3-5.  We are thrilled that the  dedicated space is an opportunity for more ongoing projects.   Our kindergarten through grade 2 will be using Barry's Pre-K room (Room 115 near the gym) as their free play space.   Barry has been so kind in welcoming DEDP.   The spacious room has storage in addition to a storage closet across the hall.   
      We are not alone in shared spaces and space changes as almost every after school program in Brookline are facing these challenges.  DEDP operates as an independent organization and the Town of Brookline continues to partner with extended day by giving us space rent free.   Since we don't pay rent we are able to offer affordable tuition and give staff benefits and competitive salaries.   
     I made the decision to wait to share this information with the DEDP community until the plans were finalized.  Please share this information with your child as it's important for returning children to know about the changes.    I will be posting some pictures on the website of the room designs by mid-August.   I look forward to seeing all of you in September!
                                                               With regards,  Abbie