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Cunniff Extended Day Program ~CEDP~

The Cunniff Extended Day Program is a school-based program that strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment. Children of all abilities are welcome.

We provide a program with a wide range of educational and recreational opportunities. Children are exposed to a variety of activities that are designed to be age appropriate. Homework time and assistance are provided daily as needed. Lead Teachers plan fun and engaging project-based-learning for every afternoon and Instructional Aides run Clubs for each Group once a week.


Welcome to Cunniff Before and Extended Day Programs new

and returning families,

Please take a few minutes to refresh and become acquainted with the following

for the 2018-2019 Programs:

Before School Hours ~

Before School begins on the first day of school, from 7:15 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. for children in grades 1-5. Children are typically dismissed to join their classroom lines. Pk/K children will be welcomed on their first full day of school. Children will be escorted to their classrooms.

Extended Day Hours~

Extended Day begins on Tuesday, September 4th, between 2:30-6:00p.m.for grades 1-5.

Pk/K children will be welcomed on Thursday, September 6th.

Transition to Extended Day~

Classroom teachers will receive a student list of children who attend Extended Day. This assures a smooth transition to the Cafetorium, where staff welcome and meet in age-appropriate groupings.

This year there will be 6 groups:

PK/K, PK/K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th-5th.

Tuition Payments –

We have conveniently set ten months of tuition payments for Before and Extended Day Programs. All tuitions are turned in at the first of each month with a grace period until the tenth of each month. We do not send out invoices, and all tuition payments are made out to Town of Watertown. Your child’s/children’s names on the bottom left of your check and the program name will be very helpful, as your returned check is your receipt.

Early Release Days –

As part of the Watertown Public Schools, Our Programs follow the District’s Calendar. Aside from the Thanksgiving holiday Early Release, Extended Day begins at 12:15, immediately after dismissal.

Late Bird, Courses for Kids and Recreation Programs are not in session on Early Release

Scheduled Elementary Early Release Days for the 2018-2019 School Year:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019 (BEFORE SCHOOL PROGRAM ONLY) (This is the last day of school including 5 snow days. The last day of school is an early release day. The last day of school is subject to change based on the number of actual snow days.)

How to prepare your child/children for Extended Day~

As you prepare backpacks for school, I’d like to encourage you to pack a separate snack for you child, labeled “Extended Day”. Having a healthy snack and form of hydration sets your child up for a successful afternoon. I also ask that families with Pk and K children set an extra set of clothing inside the backpack.

I invite you to look through our website, the parent handbook and our Typical Day which are especially helpful for more insight and details about the Programs.


Laureen Raftes, Site-Coordinator


Watertown Community Education

Extended Day Programs

A Day In The Life of An Extended Day Student:

Our schedule is structured/unstructured and may vary from day-to-day.

Our Site coordinators will inform you of time specific schedules through the website, email, and newsletters. Below are examples of some activities your child will do at extended day:

2:35-3:00 pm All sites take attendance while children eat a snack.

The rest of the day is organized into 45-minute blocks that consist of:

Homework time.

Physical activity time at the playground, gym, and field.

Use of a shared space that includes free choice, project-based learning, quiet time, and more.

Enrichment including yoga, Zumba, knucklebones, imagination arena, dance, woodworking, and physical education.

5:45pm-6:00 pm All sites clean up and have final dismissal.

When we plan a field trip or have a special guest joining us, we will always let you know.

Communication with families is sent via e-mail blasts, flyers, and our websites.

Our Parent Handbook also provides information about our program and is available on our website.

Site Coordinator’s Contact Info:

Laureen Raftes-Cunniff
617 926-7726 (office),
857 540-0690 (cell)

Debi Cornelius-Director 617 923-7653 (office)

We offer a Parent Orientation mid-September and a meet and greet with our teachers October.

Do you want to be involved? We have a Parent Advisory Board that meets in October, February, and May. Please consider joining.

We are committed to providing quality out-of-school-time programming. If you have any questions, please call Debi Cornelius at 617-923-7653 or e-mail me at debora.cornelius@watertown.k12.ma.us

Laureen Raftes
(857) 540-0690