Elementary Early Morning Program

  • 2020-21 School Year
    Please call the Business Office at 617-559-9025 to check availability before you register.  
    Registration for the 2020-21 Early Morning Program will open shortly. The program is expected to begin on October 5, 2020. Enrollment will be limited to 10 students per school. 
    The Newton Public Schools offers an Early Morning Program for students in Grades K through 5 in each of the elementary schools. The program provides supervised care for students prior to the start of the school day. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. 
    Program Cost
    The cost of the program is $12.00 per day. The program is divided into two semesters. On the Application Form you will find a chart with the cost of the program per semester. Your student is only eliglbe to attend on the days in which they attend school in-person in the school building.
    You may register for the Elementary Early Morning Program and pay with a credit card online through the NPS UniPay system. The UniPay payment system acts as an online application. You will provide the same information as you would with the paper application and then submit payment with your credit card. You can access the UniPay system below:
    UniPay Link
    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Who is eligible to sign up for the program?
    Any child registered at any Newton Public elementary school may apply to attend this program. However, enrollment is contingent upon space available.  Registration fills up quickly. If you do not register before August 16, 2019 you must check with the Business Office for availability.

    What are the hours?
    You may drop your child off at 7:30 a.m. at their respective elementary school. At 8:25 a.m., they will be brought to their regularly scheduled class.

    What is the cost?
    The cost is $12 per day.

    Is financial assistance available?
    Yes. All waiver requests must include an Early Morning Program Financial Assistance Application. The form is available online, by clicking here, or you may call 617-559-9025 to request a hard copy. The Assistant Superintendent/Chief  Financial and Administrative Officer will review all applications and determine eligibility.

    Can my child attend the morning program at a different elementary school than the school they attend for class?
    No. There will be no transportation available to take the students from one school to the other.

    How many days do I have to sign up for?
    Your student is eligible to attend only on the in-person days of their hybrid schedule. However, the days are not transferable and your student will only be allowed to attend the program on the days for which you pre-registered.

    May I sign up for a single semester?
    Yes. You may sign up for the first semester, the second semester, or both. However, you must state on the form which semester(s) you are enrolling in.

    Will I need to sign up again in January 2021 if I want to continue?
    No. There will be one registration and two payments per year. Payment will be collected at the beginning of each semester. An invoice is not sent out for the second semester so please put a reminder on your calendar.  If you did not enroll your student in the first semester, and wish to enroll your student for the second semester, please call the Business Office at 617-559-9025 to check availability.  

    If I do not sign up for the program in advance, may I drop my student off on sporadic days when assistance is needed?
    No. There will be no one available to collect a daily fee, and we cannot guarantee the program will be properly staffed for unregistered students. If circumstances arise mid-semester where weekly early morning care becomes necessary, please contact the Department of Business and Finance. If space remains at your student's school, it is possible that your student can be added after the program has begun for a prorated fee. This is strictly subject to availability and the discretion of the program administrator.

    What if there is a delayed start?
    The program will not operate on days with a delayed start due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The delayed start is designed to give the city time to prepare the schools. There will be no refunds for delayed starts.

    Will I receive a refund if there is a snow day?
    No, there will be no refunds. However, if snow days cause the last day of school to be after June 24, 2020, the program will run on those days with no additional charge.

    Will breakfast be available?
    Breakfast will not be provided.

    Who will be watching my student?
    The program is staffed by trained Newton Public Schools personnel.

    What will my student be doing for the duration of this program?
    Depending on age and the school they attend, students will spend their time reading, playing games, doing homework, or working with staff members on a variety of other projects.

    Can I register and pay on-line?
    You may pay online using your checking account or by MasterCard and Discover. There is no charge to pay by electronic check. There is a convenience fee for online credit card payments from your credit card service provider. Please follow this link.

    Who can I speak with if I have further questions?
    Please contact the Department of Business, Finance & Planning at 617-559-9025. 

Registration Forms - Early Morning Program