LEDP News and Information:


June 11, 2020

Hi LEDP kids and parents,

I wanted to take the time to address something that’s been on my mind over the past couple of weeks. At LEDP we celebrate our diversity. It offers a welcoming environment where we can all feel safe and at a home. It’s one of the many reasons our program is special. 

 

With the recent protests due to the murder of George Floyd and countless others: 

Ahmaud Arbery of Glynn County, GA on February 23, Breonna Taylor of Louisville, KY on March 13, George Floyd of Minneapolis, MN on May 25, Tony McDade of Tallahassee, FL on May 27 and so many other, we’re reminded that not everywhere is quite as special and accepting of people who may appear different than us. It’s been tough, sorting through different emotions. Anger, at the loss of additional innocent lives and families who are forced to mourn. Sadness at all the pain and confusion of another senseless act of violence that should have been prevented. Scared because this has happened too many times before. 


In LEDP, we know it’s okay to experience different feelings and emotions, it’s part of what makes us human. We also know it helps when we talk about them. Even if it’s uncomfortable at first. 


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” 


- Fredrick Douglas 


This is one of the first quotes I remember sticking with me as a kidand I feel like it’s very relevant to the times we’re in today. I’m not pretending to have any of the answers,. but, I know that I want to live in a world that’s much more like LEDP. A place where we celebrate each other's differences rather than fear them. A place that’s safe, no matter what a person looks like. Talking about race, culture, and the things that make us different is not always easy. But in these moments, there’s opportunity., We stand to learn from one another, including all the things that we share in common. 


As we all know, kids are curious and more than capable of having these conversations. I can imagine many questions have been asked, talks already taking place. I’ve added a few clips below, that I found especially helpful. I urge you to watch and discuss as a family. Share with others, continue the conversation. As the saying goes , “children are the future...” even in the darkest moments, they provide a hope that is brighter that any light. Be safe, be kind. Sending love and light to everyone.

Your friend,
Christopher De Leigh
Sesame Street: Elmo conversation with his father about the protests. 
Jane Elliot a class divided

 

This final video is from a sunset this morning. Remember, no matter how tough life gets, be thankful for everyday! We have plenty to be appreciative of. 

 

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June 1, 2020

Hi Families

I hope everyone is doing well and we hope we were able to make you smile a little with our "silly walk" video :).  
I'm emailing you to let you know that any child who has medications at LEDP- will be able to pick them up this week when you visit the school to pick up classroom belongings.   Please ask the School Nurses for your child's LEDP medications :).   Thank you 
Take Care, be well and Happy Summer!  
Hope to see you all soon-
LEDP misses you :) 

April 20, 2020

Re-enrollment

                                                                                                                          April 16, 2020

 

Dear LEDP  Families,

 

It is hard to believe, but it is time to re-enroll your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 school year.  This year, due to the unprecedented times with Covid-19 so present in our lives, we will complete our re-enrollment process a bit differently. At this time, we will not be collecting the re-enrollment fee of $50, but will collect that fee in the future when life resumes as “back to normal”.   

 

At this time, I will ask each and every family to EMAIL ME BACK with the following information to secure your child’s place in LEDP for the 20-21 schoolyear: 

 

1.     Child’s name: 

 

2.     Child’s grade (20-21):

 

3.     Number of days for the 20-21 school year – 2, 3,4,5 

 

4.     Specific days-  M- T-W-Th-F 

 

5.     Please let me know if  you would like a Tuition Assistance Form sent to you 

 

****** It is very important that I account for each and every family- so if you are not returning to LEDP, please email me with that information as well.  

 

 

 

Once I hear back from all of my current LEDP families about their schedules, I will then be able to fill any space with families on our waitlist. 

 

 

 

This information is due back by next Thursday, April 23.   After that, I will be offering space to our wait list families.   Please do not miss out. 

 

 

 

 As always, if you have any questions- please do not hesitate to reach out to me.   Thank you for prompt responses.   

 

 

 

We are Missing all of our kids and families so very much during these trying times in life. L

  Mary


April 10, 2020

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March 30, 2020

A message from the LEDP board.

Dear LEDP Families,

We hope you are all doing well.  We have been thinking about all of you and kids during this time !   We are writing to share updates about LEDP, plans for staff salary and benefits, and April tuition,
First, we would like to thank Mary & Janet for their leadership during this time. They have been incredible at staying connected to the teachers and all of us.    If you haven't checked out the communication and activities from the teachers on the LEDP website, please do!  Click on this link and then select your child's grade: 
Regarding staff salary and benefits, the board has voted to continue to use the LEDP rainy day and emergency fund to cover the salary and benefits for the teachers while school is closed.  As previously shared, LEDP has been saving for many years to ensure, as a small non-profit, that they had a cushion to support the program.  In addition, the board has voted to continue to pay the salary and benefits through the end of the school closure period if extended and through the end of this school year, if needed.   We feel that taking care and providing security for our teachers, who have so graciously taken care of our kids over the years, is a priority in this time on uncertainty.  
Lastly, LEDP will not be collecting April tuition.  A number of you have asked if you could donate your tuition payment.   Please be in touch with Mary and Estha for more information.  If you can help now, by continuing tuition payments, please do so.  This is completely optional and voluntary.  We know that we will need to rebuild LEDP funds in the future and hope to find additional ways to raise funds for LEDP once this is over.  We plan to have multiple ways to support LEDP over the year ahead.  More to come!
Thank you for all your support for LEDP!  
LEDP Board 

A message from the Director.

Hi LEDP Families- 

What a week it has been!  

 

 

First of all- I hope you are all staying healthy during this very difficult/trying time.  

 

 

A special THANK YOU  to all of our first responder LEDP parents, as I know your work/jobs are even more stressful these challenging days.

 

 

I have been in touch with our LEDP staff and we are all missing our "normal" lives, but are staying indoors and staying healthy.  The LEDP staff certainly misses the kids and we look forward to hearing the day we can all go back to school/work. 

 

 

As mentioned in an earlier message, the LEDP staff have been working on some activities for your child at home.  All groups are coming up with projects, videos and some fun ideas to make the long days go a little faster.   We want the kids to know we miss them very  much and are still thinking of them even though we can not be together.  

 

 

The staff will put activities up on our website on Mondays/Wednesdays and Fridays.  

 

Please visit our website at www.ledpbrookline.org  

 

At the top of the page,  there is a "Home Day Activities section".  Click that and then select a group!  K-1-2-3 or 4/5/6.  If you are on your phone, please click the + symbol to choose a group.    Right now, you can find:  Kindergartens 5 senses scavenger hunt- 1st grades make your own puzzle activity, 2nd grades very silly puppet video talking to the kids, a science experiment for 3rd grade and Art Squad with Tatianna for 4/5/6.    

 

 

The teachers are hoping these little activities and videos with help keep a smile on the childrens' faces.    We would love to see the kids in action.  Be sure to send us some photos, as we do plan to make some kind of book when all this is said and done.  

 

 

Please make sure to visit our website often.   We want it to be a consistent tool for the kids when LEDP can't be.  

 

 

Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help you during this difficult time.  

 

 

Keep smiling and enjoy the warmer weather. 

 

Be safe-

 

 

Much love- 

 

Mary 

 


Message from LEDP

Hi LEDP friends- 

We thought we'd have a little fun with the kids this week. Beginning tomorrow, we are celebrating (virtual)  LEDP Spirit week,.   Please see the attached for some fun Monday-Friday. (simple, but something different)  Be sure to send us some pictures.  Our goal is to make some kind of album for when we get back :).  

 

 

Also, beginning tomorrow, I will be adding activities to our website www.ledpbrookline.org every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for all groups.   We have created a "Home Day Activities" section where you can find all sorts of fun things from our amazing LEDP staff.   Be sure to visit it often, and again share photos with us as we would like to document this time away from school.    

 

 

Thinking of you all during these challenging times :).  

 

Mary & Janet 

March 19, 2020

Message from the LEDP board.

Dear LEDP Families,

 

This is a challenging and uncertain time as we navigate the impact of COVID-19 on our school, work, and family lives.  We have been thinking about all of you and your children.  In the midst of all this, we do feel very fortunate to be a part of the Lawrence and LEDP communities, and hope you feel the support we all can provide each other, even while remaining at home. 

 

We are writing to update you about LEDP and our invaluable LEDP teachers who are not salaried employees and are worried, as you all are, about what will happen during the Brookline school closure through early April.  As a reminder, LEDP is a non-profit childcare center.  We on the LEDP Parent Board believe it is crucial to continue paying our LEDP teachers and staff wages and health benefits during this three week closure. As you can appreciate, maintaining an income in this time of great uncertainty is critical to our teachers and so we believe that this is the right decision.  We have consulted with the other Brookline Extended Day programs throughout the Town and they are doing the same.  Unlike salaried employees or full-time teachers who may have access to PTO funds or other forms of support to help in emergencies such as this, LEDP teachers do not have this luxury. Since our date of return is not entirely clear, we also want to ensure that things run smoothly once we are back in school and try to return to some normalcy. Having an intact and fully paid workforce is essential to achieve this objective.  We realize that Public Schools of Brookline may be closed beyond the current proposed return date of April 6. The Parent Board and Directors are communicating regularly to make decisions and contingency plans for the staff and will keep you posted.  

 

With that said, we understand that families may be wondering how this LEDP closure will impact tuition payments already paid for March and future payments if the school closure extends beyond April 6.  As you may know, LEDP tuition charges are set such that families have stable monthly payments that collectively cover the expenses of the full school year. This is why we don’t ask families to pay more or less for long or short months, or less in months with school vacation weeks.  Regarding March, we will not be able to provide partial tuition refunds as these funds are committed to teacher salaries.  The only exception to this is for families who already receive income-based tuition assistance.  However, we are also aware of the financial implications COVID-19 may have on some families so if this is a hardship, please contact Mary Gardiner at mary_gardiner@psbma.org

 

We have decided that we cannot yet make decisions about tuition for April - June until we receive further information, such as guidance from the district regarding make-up days and, of course, the possibility of an extended Brookline School closure.  At this time, we do not plan to collect April tuition until we hear a confirmed date for schools to re-open. 

 

LEDP has worked for the last 40 years to set up a rainy-day fund meant to provide continuity of operations in the event of an emergency. We are fortunate that we have operated for so many years without needing to draw from this fund. In the event of an extended school closure, we will be forced to access the emergency fund to cover operational expenses to support LEDP leadership and teachers.  This fund provides us with a degree of security, and we are hoping that we will not need to layoff or make any difficult personnel decisions regarding our employees in the event of an extended closure.  We may look to all of you for additional support in the future to help us recover from potential losses. Your generosity will help to ensure that we can continue to provide the highest quality after-school programming for your children once this crisis is over.  

 

Our amazing Directors, Mary and Janet, are providing essential support and guidance to teachers throughout these challenges, and we are forever grateful. If  any of you are in need of childcare please reach out to Mary.  There may be some LEDP staff available to assist. 

 

As parents with kids in LEDP, we personally understand the challenge of the school closure upon working families. The experience frames how valuable LEDP is to us and to our children. 

 

In solidarity and with deep appreciation,

 

The LEDP Parent Board

 

Frederick Ruberg – Parent Board Co-President

 

Shella Dennery – Parent Board Co-President

 

Amanda Carillo

 

Cat Ham

 

Corey Harwell

 

Jennifer Havlicek

 

Mike Laub

 

Stef Gerken

 

Carolyn Mansfield

 

Nick Yoder


March 12, 2020

Important information

Dear LEDP Families

 

     With the quickly changing information  of  COVID-19  in Massachusetts, we wanted to send you a brief update on LEDP’s response to the situation.  Although there have been no cases of the virus here in LEDP, and it can all be overwhelming to some, there is no need to panic. We are taking the health and safety of the children, families and staff  at LEDP seriously.

    Although the custodians in the building are working diligently on making sure all the highly touched surfaces, door knobs, water fountains, etc., are given extra cleaning attention,  we here at LEDP are also taking additional steps in our spaces.   We are sanitizing door knobs, cabinet handles, tables and most often used work spaces daily. As part of our standard operations, all materials are taken off of shelves  and those are also sanitized  daily. The younger groups have met with teachers or LEDP office staff to talk about germs, how quickly they spread,  reminders about the proper way to wash hands and also generated  a list of times hand washing should be done.  Hand sanitizer is available in every space in addition to on all of our traveling carts, for those times when soap and water are not readily available.   

    The staff is aware and are keeping current of the symptoms to look for, we are in contact with the school administration and are monitoring the everchanging information from local and national authorities.After an informational conference call with the Brookline Health Department today, we were informed that extended day programs are considered non-essential programs.  Having said that, our program will operate on our normal schedule unless we receive guidance from our local board of health that we need to temporarily close. If that decision is made, we will reach out as soon as possible.

LEDP Staff

 

Mary Gardiner

LEDP Director