SmartPrograms is in its 26th year 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 High School.
- 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.
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 eight children. In older groups (over age 7) we have a one-to-ten ratio. Individual program sizes vary according to the program, but in general the group size is no larger than fifteen. In addition, counselors are often 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 summer programs: Brookline SmartSummers for Children, there is a $8 non-refundable registration fee charged once/per child for SmartSummers programs. If you are registering your child online, full tuition is required at the time of registration. If you prefer to pay a down payment, please register in person or call the office. A $106 non-refundable down payment is required for one to two week programs; a $206 non-refundable down payment is required for three to seven week programs. Note: balances must be paid in full no later than April 30, 2019.
Because space is limited in our children’s SmartPrograms, transfers are only available under the discretion of the director, and a $25 transfer fee will be charged for each change in registration. If you withdraw your child before June 1, 2019, a $25 processing fee will apply. No refunds or credits will be granted after June 1, 2019. The registration fee and down payments are non-refundable.
For all other programs: (SmartVacations and SmartClasses for Children) 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. If you elect to receive a course credit, the $25 processing fee will be waived. The $8 registration fee is non-refundable, unless we cancel due to low enrollment.