LEMBERG CHILDRENS CENTER INC

Play, Grow, Learn

aka Gersh & Sarah Lemberg Children's Center, Inc.   |   Waltham, MA   |  www.lembergcc.org

Mission

1) To provide high quality, educational childcare to a diverse population of children ages 1 month to 7 years, with a focus on social-emotional development, conflict resolution skills and inclusion through a curriculum that emphasizes arts and sciences. 2) To continue to provide sliding-scale tuition rates that allow low and moderate income families to afford high quality, full-time child care. 3) To prepare and support teachers of young children through training, development and research.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Mr. Howard Baker

Main address

457 Old South Street MS#44, Brandeis University

Waltham, MA 02453 USA

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EIN

04-2475405

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Child Day Care (P33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We need additional funding to continue to provide and enhance our environmental education program for young children and the Waltham Community.

Our programs

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Gersh & Sarah Lemberg Children's Center, Inc.

Lemberg founded by the Brandeis University faculty, staff and students to support the need for the highest quality childcare and education for their children as well as nationally for advancing the science of early care and education. The program merged in 1975 with the psychology department's child study center started by world renewed, Professor and psychiatrist Abraham Maslow and continues to study best practice in education and life-span development.

We moved into a state-of-the-art childcare facility in 2014, and serve as a practicum site for Brandeis University students of education and child development as well as environmental studies, neuroscience, music, theater, and political science.

We have six classrooms, two each for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Lemberg is known for having many adults in each preschool classroom creating very low ratios of adults to children. Additionally, we have on staff consultants for OT, speech & communication, as well as other developmental needs and environmental education. Classroom routines include extensive programming for social-emotional learning, community building, celebrating human diversity, loving literature, the arts, STEM, nature and working collaboratively with others. More than 40% of the children speak a language other than English at home. The Center is open all year, 8-6 Monday – Friday.

We are also the Boston Regional Training Center for the American Psychological Association’s ACT Raising Safe Kids Program. This is a parent education and violence prevention program.

In 2018 we are a sponsor: Wonders of Learning: Reggio in Boston

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Goals & Strategy

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Our goal is to raise children with environmental awareness, who develop habits for sustainable living. Through interdisciplinary environmental education, including hands-on science, reading, and the arts, children recognize the value of the life around them.
We're seeking funding to maintain and expand our programs to include additional community groups and corporate sponsors from Waltham and surrounding towns. The budget to accomplish our 5-year expansion plan is $250,000 ($50,000per year for 5 years). Objectives: 1) Expand our food cultivation area. 2) Provide community gardening and food education programs for local families and people with special needs. 3) Mentor college student interns in environmental education. 4) Provide salaries for senior environmental educators and gardeners who manage the operations and create vibrant educational programs. 5) Enrich our facilities with washing area for produce and permanent fencing.

We have the place, the team, the experience, and the community support. Our integrated garden/playground is made possible by donors who share our passion for environmental education. We're seeking funding to maintain and expand our programs to include community groups and corporate sponsors from Waltham and surrounding towns. The budget to accomplish our 5-year expansion plan is $250,000. Our Board of Directors has experience in business, education, human resources, fund development, law, and government environmental programs. Our community is very diverse culturally and are committed partners in this project and mission. Our Board and staff are supported in this effort by Brandeis University faculty and staff who are part of our alumni and near 50-year history.

Founded in 1970 on the campus of Brandeis University, we moved to a new facility designed specifically as a state of the art early education center and teacher preparation lab in 2014. Classrooms are lead by educators with master degrees and/or extensive experience for mentoring college students and supporting parents in raising their children. Our Executive Director has 45 years of experience and leadership in our community, nationally and internationally. The Firefly Scientists' Community Garden and Playground at the Lemberg Children's Center is a creative laboratory for children and our collaborating partners to experience nature, food production and community engagement. Our educational programs include local schools, camps, parents international visitors and Brandeis University student clubs. These multi-age, cross-cultural interactions encourage social, emotional, and intellectual connections and build leadership skills, community service values, and meaningful friendships.

Funding of $100,000 was secured in 2014 for us to work with a leading early education playground landscape architect, Joanne Hiromura and studioMLA. In 2014 we hired a senior environmental educator and Waltham community leader to facilitate our unique integration of gardens and playgrounds and work with community groups and Brandeis University's Environmental Studies faculty and students. Our program with our senior educator's leadership led to 2016 funding of $75,000 for 3 years to support for this effort. In that time we have transformed a barren hillside into a food forest with 20 fruit trees, kiwi and grape vines, berries, vegetables, and herb gardens. We have 11 raised beds, 5 of which are wheelchair accessible, a greenhouse, and planted $20,000 worth of trees. Our integrated accessible playgrounds cost $250,000. Over 200 volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to this effort. We have a monthly Firefly Scientists' Garden newsletter & 4 environmental college interns.

Financials

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LEMBERG CHILDRENS CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Prof. Aldo Musacchio

International Business School, Brandeis University

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Ms Dawn Morrissey

Boston Irish Film Festival & McLean Hospital

Term: 2016 - 2019

Stephen Sandler

VMark

Rachel Freed

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Robert Nasdor

Center for Jobs and Justice, LLC

Anushka Arellano

TESARO, Inc

Denise Heines Kelleher, PhD

Clarke University

Jonah Tower

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Hannah Baker-Siroty

Pine Manor College

Christopher Healey

Nasuni, Inc.