Winn Brook Extended Learning has officially increased its capacity from 140 students to 160 students. The Winn Brook ‘After School’ program was first conceived over 30 years ago, due to a need for a just a few working Belmont families. Since then, it has steadily blossomed into a dynamic and diverse community all of our own. As of the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, we have once again increased our capacity to maintain our commitment to provide all Belmont families a safe and enriching environment for their children.
Maridel Perdomo is the director of Winn Brook Extended Learning. She came to Winn Brook after successfully leading a large, complex program operated by the Boston YMCA and located at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston. Prior to that, she was the director of the Pine Village (bilingual) Preschool in Cambridge.
Maridel also worked for several years in a variety of programs operated by Centro Latino, Inc. in Chelsea. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she has earned the admiration of children, parents and staff in her prior work environments. This is illustrated in the admiration that one former employee shared in describing Maridel.
According to the coworker, Maridel is an “inspirational leader … super organized … and extremely hard working.” She also has an affinity for bringing the community together to support the development and well-being of the children. In her time at Winn Brook Extended Learning, Maridel has been a creative and innovative program leader. Families, staff and the larger school community rave about her wonderful relationship with children, who feel loved, cared for and listened to.
We are happy to welcome the new slate of Advisory Council members for 2016-17. Co-chairs Amy Brown and Kara Morin will be leading the efforts of the council. Ted Wilson, Executive Director of Schools for Children, will be acting as Program Administrator and sit as an active member of the council. All members were recommended to the Schools for Children Board of Trustees and have been elected by unanimous vote in late June. They are: Helen Josephine, Tatum Abe, Joshua Gould, Missy Morley, Amanda Rettig and Jessica Mutch. We are delighted to have their active support as we head into an exciting new school year. Welcome!
As we begin the new school year, we are thrilled to announce that our request to expand our capacity was approved by our licensing body with the full support of the Winn Brook Elementary School. We are now licensed for a maximum capacity of 140 children (up from 120). This allowed us to offer more Before and After School slots to WBES families seeking our support. Additional rooms have been made available to us in the afternoon and staff is enthusiastically revising programs and scheduling to provide the very best programming possible for your children. We look forward to meeting and greeting each of you as the year kicks off!
We invite all WBCC families to join us for a Pizza Party on April 14th in the cafeteria. This is a great way to transition into the spring season. If your child does not normally attend after school on Thursdays, you are nonetheless welcome to come by at 6 p.m. for some pizza and fellowship!
Early registration will begin on April 1, 2016 for all returning students and their siblings. Registration for new incoming Winn Brook Kindergarten students will begin on April 15, 2016. On May 1st, the early registration period will end and will become open to all members of the Winn Brook community.