Program Information

Important Program Information

Please note that no nurse will be on duty during NCE Elementary programs, and staff members have no access to medications, including EpiPens and inhalers. If you child requires an EpiPen or inhaler please provide them per the instructions below to the front office staff at the school your child’s NCE class is held at.


Please provide the following: -- EpiPen, in the original box, with the script label on it (the training EpiPen should be removed)
-- Emergency Allergy Action Plan -- Please put these items into a zip top bag labelled with your child’s name the class(es) they will be attending.

Please note that NCE staff CANNOT administer EpiPens that are not accompanied by the script label and Emergency Action Plan. If these items are not provided, staff will call 911 in the event of an apparent allergic reaction.

Please remember to pick up your child’s EpiPen from the OnSite Coordinator during dismissal on the last day of class or from the school’s front office after the completion of your child’s program.


If your child will be bringing their inhaler, please provide the OnSite Coordinator with a note indicating 1) that your child can self-administer and 2) that you have provided the school nurse with a copy of the medical order for the inhaler. If you have any questions please contact: the NCE office: 781-455-0400 (press 5) or NCE Program Director, Carolyn Colonna, at:

Absences: For the safety of our students, if your child attends school but does not plan to attend their after school class, please be sure to send a note, call your child’s school or call the NCE office at 781-455-0400 (press 5).

NCE Elementary programs are open to all students. Are there special considerations we should know about so that your child will have a positive experience in the program? If so, please list them in the designated areas of the online registration form. 

Note: NCE Elementary instructors and staff have no access to IEPs or 504 plans.

Behavior Policy: We expect our students to follow their teacher’s instructions and to treat each other and staff with respect. If your child does not meet these expectations we will communicate with you to discuss the behavior. If your child’s behavior does not improve, we will ask you to withdraw your child from the class and no refund will be given. If your child exhibits threatening behavior toward others in the class, they will be withdrawn immediately and no refund will be given. All school policies outlined in the school Student Handbook apply to NCE Elementary classes.

Notify your child’s classroom teacher: Please send a note to your child’s classroom teacher, letting them know that your child will be staying after school to attend their NCE class. 

For students in NEDP: Students enrolled in NEDP may also register for NCE Elementary programs.  They will be escorted back to NEDP at the end of their class. Note: Please provide NEDP with a Dismissal Change Form to notify NEDP that your child will be attending their NCE class and returning to NEDP upon it’s conclusion.

Snacks: Students are encouraged to bring a nut-free snack to eat prior to the start of their class. 

Inclement Weather: If the Needham Public Schools are closed or released early due to inclement weather, after-school and evening classes will be cancelled. Make-up classes will be scheduled if possible.

Afternoon classes begin at the end of the school day. Students are dismissed to the designated NCE waiting area of their school, where they are supervised by the NCE OnSite Coordinator until the instructor arrives to escort the

students to their classroom.

For students arriving from other schools: If you arrive after 2:55pm (3:20pm at Newman), please enter through the main entrance and have your child go directly to the classroom (the front office staff can direct you).

No transportation is provided between schools or home for NCE Elementary program participants.

Dismissal: The NCE OnSite Coordinator will dismiss children from the front lobby. Children will not be permitted to leave on their own or with anyone other than their parent/guardian unless the OnSite Coordinator has been notified. Please pick up your child promptly. 

Prompt pick-up: If you are delayed, there is a five minute grace period before late charges begin. Delays beyond 5 minutes will result in a charge of $2/each additional five minute period that the OnSite Coordinator remains with your child. Needham

Community Education will bill you for these charges.


If you have questions regarding our programs, please contact:

Carolyn Colonna, NCE Program Director, 781-455-0400 x11223

If you have questions regarding registration, waitlist, payments or receipts, please contact:

Jill Ash, NCE Registration Manager, 781-455-0400 x11235



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