Summer Program

The Eliot-Pearson Children’s School is a laboratory-demonstration program at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development on the Tufts University campus. We are committed to providing inclusive, anti-bias education for all children. We support all areas of a child’s development: social-emotional, cognitive, language, physical motor, creativity and the arts. We incorporate our core values of anti-bias education, connecting children with nature, mindfulness, and developmental technology into all the programs we offer to children and families, that includes our a six-week Summer Program.

With a focus on growth and exploration, our summer program reflects our school’s integration of play and learning. We focus on the whole child and the development of creativity through a child-centered, play-based, and project approach to learning encompassing the visual arts, theater and story acting, music, movement and dance, mindfulness activities, nature connections, and fun adventures in science, math, games and technology.

The summer program teaching staff includes EPCS teachers, graduate and undergraduate students from the EP Department of Child Study and Human Development program at Tufts University, and experienced teachers from other settings. Each staff member brings their talents, interests, and energy into the program, that are unified and built around a love for exploring the world with children and supporting their learning.

The Eliot-Pearson Children’s School offers a six-week Summer Program for children ages 4 to 8.

Enrollment is open to all current students and for their siblings who are 4 to 8 years old.

Enrollment is also open to children and families from our surrounding neighborhoods.

All families welcomed!

Summer Program Sessions:

Session 1 – Monday June 21st thru Friday July 10th, 2021.

Session 2 – Monday July 12th thru Friday July 30th, 2021.

Summer Program Hours: 

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Half-day sessions*

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Full-day sessions*

* Children bring their own lunch from home.

For more information about our summer program e-mail Leah Eyob at

The EPCS Summer Program is an Experience
Children and Families Look Forward To

Music and Movement

Throughout the summer program children have a variety of opportunities to listen, learn and experience different forms and expressions of music and movement. Guest musicians are invited to share their art and music throughout the summer.

Nature Study and Gardening

Gardening provides a unique platform for learning about the nature, ecology, as well as where our food comes from. Children will learn about, raised beds, container gardening, seeds and germination, compost piles, and worm composting.

Technology and Engineering

Developmental technologies are tools purposefully designed and applied with the goal of supporting children’s holistic development and learning. During our summer program we offer hands-on technology and engineering experiences for young children. This are play based activities that support children’s creative thinking, investigation, innovation, communication, collaboration, problem solving; decision making using technology and engineering concepts, operations and systems.

Art Activities

Children will participate in engaging and open-ended visual art projects as well as opportunities to engage in storytelling and story acting. We aim to provide an environment for free expression and experimentation through various media. Each Summer, a project teacher for the arts joins us to engage the children in high interest art experiences throughout the summer sessions, both short and long term.

Water Play

What is summer without water play? Children engage in a variety of water activities throughout the summer at EPCS.  They swim daily at the Tufts pool (Tisch Atheltic Complex) supervised by our staff and lifeguards, and/or engage in group and individual water play activities. We take full advantage of our natural playground, which has sand and water features that allow children to engage in various types of outdoor activities.

For the safety of our community during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, daily swim at the Tufts pool will not be offered. Water play opportunities presented by our natural play spaces will continue.

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