SmartPrograms is in its second decade of operation, and our offerings vary from computers to theater to arts & crafts to cooking, as well as diverse projects and activities, swim time, and indoor and outdoor play.
- We welcome both Brookline residents and non-residents.
- Our programs enjoy use of specialized classrooms, kitchens, computer labs, and art and pottery studios in Brookline Public Schools.
- Our directors and teachers are experienced educators who teach in Brookline and other nearby school systems.
- Our goal is to provide children with an educational enrichment experience where they’ll learn skills, make new friends, and create fun memories.
- Our broad offerings allow you to choose the programs and schedule that best meets your needs.
It is very important we have a completed emergency form for your child. If your child has special needs, medical issues, allergies, or uses an Epipen, it is very important to that we know about it in advance of your child’s arrival. When you register for SmartPrograms online, you will complete this form during Check Out. Please update your emergency information, if you already have an account with us.
Before the start of SmartPrograms, detailed information about your child’s program and daily schedule will be distributed. All of our programs incorporate outdoor play, including gym and field games, water fun, and arts and crafts activities.
Program directors are available by email if there is a question that we cannot answer. All questions from parents should flow through the Adult Education office first. Our phone number is 617-730-2700 ext. 0.
When available, swimming in the Tappan pool at BHS is available for some SmartPrograms. Children must be 7 and older to swim (pool rules). For children under 7 and for those who don’t want to swim, alternate activities will be available.
We do not offer transportation. However, for children moving from one of our programs to another during the day, an adult will walk them to their next location. Drop off and pick up are located at the location of the individual program.
Our staff is comprised of professional educators who teach in Brookline and other nearby school systems. Mature counselors also assist in the classrooms.
For younger children our student teacher ratio is one teacher for ten children. In older groups (over age 7) we have a one-to-twelve ratio. Individual program sizes vary according to the program, but in general the group size is no larger than fifteen. In addition, counselors are present.
All of our programs incorporate outdoor time and play, including field games, and arts and crafts activities, weather permitting.
We plan to run our SmartPrograms every day—even in stormy weather. However, if the MBTA is not running, we will have to cancel. Should you be in doubt, please contact Brookline Adult & Community Education, 617-730-2700.
Programs will not meet on state holidays.
Note: Brookline SmartSummers is not a licensed summer camp, i.e., we do not have a nurse on staff. Minor medical issues will be addressed by our staff. In the case of major emergencies, we will call 911. Please make sure your emergency contact information is complete and up to date.
A limited number of scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. Please call Brookline Adult & Community Education, 617-730-2700 ext. 0, for an application.
For all children’s programs, there is a $10 non-refundable registration fee charged once/per child per term. If you are registering your child online, full tuition is required at the time of registration. Balances must be paid in full no later than June 1. The registration fee is non-refundable. If you withdraw at least ten business days (Monday-Friday) in advance of the starting date, you may request a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. The $10 registration fee is non-refundable, unless we cancel due to low enrollment.
As of May 11, 2023:
Facemasks will no longer be routinely required in school health offices.
Isolation and quarantine guidance for COVID-19 will not change and will continue under the previously issued state guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care, K-12, Out-of-School Time, and Recreational Camp/Program Settings. These guidelines state:
- Children and staff who test positive must isolate for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving, and they have been fever-free without using fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, they may return to programming after Day 5. They should wear a high-quality mask through Day 10:
- If the individual can mask, they must do so through Day 10.
- If the individual has a negative test on Day 5 or later, they do not need to mask.
- If the individual cannot mask, they may return to programming with a negative test on Day 5 or later.
- Symptomatic individuals can remain in their school or program if they have mild symptoms, are tested immediately on site, and that test is negative. Best practice would also include wearing a mask until symptoms are fully resolved. For symptomatic individuals, DPH recommends a second test within 48 hours if the initial test is negative.
- Quarantine is not required nor recommended for children or staff in these settings, regardless of vaccination status or where the exposure occurred. All exposed individuals may continue to attend programming if they remain asymptomatic. Those who can mask should do so until Day 10, and it is recommended that they test on Day 6 of exposure. If symptoms develop, follow the guidance for symptomatic individuals below.
In consultation with the Brookline Department of Public Health, PSB school nurses will continue to test symptomatic students for whom we have consent and follow the above guidelines for the remainder of the 2022–23 school year.
PSB school nurses will also continue to keep track of positive cases that are reported to PSB.