Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions people have about Lincoln Extended Day. This list will be updated regularly to reflect new community questions and answers. Keep checking back!
What is Lincoln Extended Day?
Lincoln Extended Day is a private after school program. Its mission is to:
Provide a safe, supportive environment during the after-school hours for children whose parents are at work or school
Foster children’s social, emotional, physical, and creative growth
Give children the opportunity to learn from play
Promote self-direction and discovery
Offer opportunities for children to make choices, explore interests, learn effective conflict resolution, and feel respected
Encourage honesty, creativity, sharing, independence, self-expression, and respect for others.
How many children does LED serve?
LED is licensed by the Massachusetts Department for Early Education and Care (EEC) for 110 children per day.
Is LED connected to the Lincoln School or the Town of Brookline?
No. LED is an independent non-profit and is neither financed by nor overseen by the school, the Town or the PTO.
Who oversees Lincoln Extended Day?
LED is governed by a Parent Board made up of volunteer parents whose children are enrolled in the program and the Director of the program. The Board oversees the finances and functioning of the program, represents the families enrolled in the program, and supports the director and the staff. Board members are not compensated for their service in any way.
How do I enroll my child(ren) in Lincoln Extended Day?
For children entering Lincoln school in Kindergarten, there is an informational meeting prior to school enrollment for parents to learn more about the program and enrollment (Please see LED website for upcoming dates). Parents can enroll their children into the program during the Kindergarten registration period. If there are more children enrolled than are able to join the program, a lottery is instituted to select families for the upcoming year. All other families are placed on a waitlist. Families that join the school later in the year or in subsequent years are also placed on the waitlist.
Why is/are my child(ren) on the wait list?
Once the number of children for which we are licensed is reached, all non-enrolled children are placed on a waitlist.
How do children get into the program from the waitlist?
LED maintains a need-blind (both financial and educational), chronological waitlist:
If there are no spaces available in your child’s grade, his/her name is put on the waitlist for that grade on the day you apply.
If a space opens up in your child’s grade and he/she is next on the waitlist for that grade, the Director will notify you of the open spot.
As vacancies are filled, you move up on the Waitlist until you are offered a slot. You do not have to reapply.
The waitlist is strictly chronological with the exception of siblings; if your child is offered a slot and you have another child who is also on the waitlist for a different grade, both children will be offered a slot, regardless of the second child’s position on the waitlist.
How can I find out my child’s position on the waitlist?
Currently the only way to find out your child’s position on the waitlist is to contact the Director, Barbara Popken (Barbara_popken@brookline.k12.ma.us or 617-879-4614). However, we are looking into easily accessible ways to track your child’s progress on the waitlist electronically. Stay tuned!
How quickly will my child move up or off the waitlist?
There is no simple way to determine how quickly the waitlist will move. In some years, there is a lot of movement and in others there is very little. We suggest looking into alternative after school care for your child if you are not offered a spot. Your child can still remain on the LED waitlist, even if you have made other after school care arrangements.
Does my ability to afford tuition affect waitlist standing? And what if my child has special needs?
No. Our waitlist is need-blind and we provide tuition assistance for those who need it through our scholarship program. We accept all students and devise the best staffing solutions to support all students.
Are there plans to expand the program?
Over the 2015-2016 academic year, the Parent Board (along with the Director and the staff) re-organized and expanded LED to accommodate more children. We were thrilled to be able to increase our enrollment by approximately 20%, however, we do not cuurently have the resources or the space to expand further at this time.
How can I get in touch with members of the LED Parent Board?
We will continue to update this FAQ as new questions are posed to us. If, after checking these FAQs, you still have questions or would like to speak with the Board, you can email the Board President (currently Sarah Churchill Silberman) or Vice President (currently Jodi Hecht). We are glad answer your email or set up a time to speak, either on the phone in person.
We appreciate you setting up a specific time to speak/meet rather than engaging Board members on matters pertaining to LED while at a different school function or out in the community. We also have several informational sessions planned for this fall, and will release details of these events shortly.