The mission of the CPCF is to enhance the quality of services for Newton’s children, pre-birth through eight years, and their families in a visible, productive, culturally sensitive and accessible manner. The Council will support families by maintaining and increasing communication and collaboration among programs and agencies serving young children and their families. CPCF helps families with:
Accessing state financial assistance for early childhood education and care services via KinderWait
Getting information about services and resources in the community, including referrals.
Finding parent workshops and training that support families as their child's first teacher, including literacy and child development.
Connecting to literacy program through Parent Child Home Program.
The Newton Partnership The Newton Partnership (TNP) has been supported by several federal grants including the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) to offer free health, fitness, and support programs for Newton’s youth and families. While under this grant, TNP supported programs such as open gym time, one-on-one mentoring for middle and high school students through The Newton Mentoring Alliance, high school marathon training, and much more.
The Newton Partnership also hosts the annual Touch-a-Truck event in September and awards a child care scholarship to income-eligible families residing in Newton or for children who are currently enrolled in Newton Public Schools. Families are selected once a year, during a randomized drawing.
Newton METCO Program The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a state-funded educational program designed to eliminate racial imbalance through the busing of children from Boston and Springfield to public school systems in surrounding suburban metropolitan communities. For more information: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/167
Newton Community Education (NCE) Newton Community Education is a self-sustaining arm of the Newton Public Schools, open to all students, regardless of residence. We provide educational, social, cultural, and vocational programs to adults and children, endeavoring to provide high-quality classes at reasonable costs. For more information: www.newtoncommunityed.org
Newton Parent Advisory Council on Special Education (PAC) The Newton Parent Advisory Council on Special Education (PAC) serves as a parent resource and a liaison between parents and the administration. It provides a forum for parents to meet each other and with school department staff to discuss special education concerns, strategies and programs. Monthly meetings are held at the Education Center, 100 Walnut St. All parents, teachers, specialists and others with an interest in education are welcome. For more information: www.newtonpac.org
After-School Programs in Newton, MA Each elementary school has an after-school program for the enrichment and enjoyment of children between 5-12 years of age. The program is separate from the Newton Public School System, but enjoys a congenial, working relationship with the school system and rents space in the elementary schools. These programs, along with some community based after-school programs, are part of the Newton After-School Association (NASA), which was initiated by school aged child care directors to create a support network among peers. NASA is committed to accepting the challenge of providing quality training, research, curriculum, and best practice resources for after-school professionals and recognizes that success depends upon the commitment, expertise, and vision of the leadership of after-school programs. Families should call the after-school program located at their particular school.
Understanding Our Differences Understanding Our Differences is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that has been teaching students in Newtonto “see the person and not the disability” since 1978. The program’s seven units on disabilities and chronic medical conditions are presented in all 15 Newton elementary schools in grades 3 through 5. The goal of Understanding Our Differences is to foster respect, tolerance, and compassion for people of all abilities in elementary schools and in the community at large.
Newton Teachers Association (NTA) 46 Austin Street Newtonville, MA 02460 Tel. (617) 244-9562 Fax (617) 244-2332
Project INTERFACE Project INTERFACE is an initiative to improve the integration of mental health services within school systems and their greater community. The model of Project INTERFACE aims above all to help break down the “silos” that exist within community agencies or systems that can often hinder access to mental health services. By enhancing communication and cooperation between agencies, Project INTERFACE allows each organization to work more effectively on behalf of the students it serves.For more information: http://projectinterface.org
The United States and China will be world leaders in the 21st century. It is essential that people from our two very different cultures learn to speak to one another in friendship and understanding. This vision of the future led the Newton Public Schools and the Beijing Jingshan School to form an educational exchange program for teachers and students. Ours is the oldest exchange program of its kind between the two countries. For more information: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/819
Creative Arts and Sciences Committee The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee implements curricular-related enrichment programs in the elementary and middle schools. These programs are solely funded by the PTO in each school. Each program aligns with Newton curricula, Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance art, English, language arts, history, social sciences, music, physical education, and the sciences curricula. Click here for more information. (PDF)
The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools The Greek Studies program is designed to strengthen the study of Greece in our nation's schools. The program provides teachers and administrators with a three credit graduate course, a study tour of Greece, curriculum development as well as additional resources. Please visit ExL's website for more information, or contact Connie Carven, firstname.lastname@example.org(781) 405- 6094, Teacher Specialist and Liaison with School Districts. Click here for brochure (PDF)