Pre-K–Grade 4
The Experience

Extended Day Program

When teachers get a student, they have them for a year. When I get a boy in EDP, I typically get them for six years! It makes me so happy watching them grow and find their way. It also makes me so proud when they invite me, years later, to their ninth grade graduation! Knowing EDP was such a memorable part of their Fessenden experience is why we do what we do!”
--Colleen Gulezian, Director
Why put a halt to an afternoon of fun when it’s just begun? Our Lower School Extended Day Program (EDP) is a rich and engaging experience for students and a supportive tool for parents. Students rave about the variety of activities led by our experienced staff, and the extended hours help parents manage busy schedules.


Each afternoon spent in the Pre-K/K EDP differs from the day before. With ample gym and playtime, and uniquely crafted activities, our young boys look forward to time spent with their friends and the EDP staff. Programming is structured to accommodate various energy levels.

A free and active 20-minute play session at the start of EDP helps the group transition from school to a less structured period. Boys play, socialize, and replenish with a healthy snack before moving on to the day’s activity. Boys can choose from several options each day, and options change every eight weeks. A sample week might include everything from construction activities with K’Nex and Legos, to cooking projects, science projects, and treasure hunts.

Grades 1-4

Offerings are organized into eight-week increments, and boys pick one “club” for each day. We start the daily program with outdoor playtime (weather permitting) to release energy and soak in the fresh air. After socializing and snacking, the group divides up for their chosen activity. Choices include everything from cooking, to sports, to art projects, to chess, to music, to ping pong, to science “magic.”

Schedule and Fees

Monday - Friday until 5:30 PM
$16.50 per hour (contract rate)

$20.60 per hour (drop-in rate)

EDP is available Monday through Friday from the time school ends until 5:30 p.m. The program is flexible and enrollment does not require a long-term contract. Fees are $16.50 per hour (contract rate) or $20.60 per hour (drop-in rate) for the 2019-2020 academic year. There are no minimum advance-notice requirements or cancellation policies.

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    Mrs. Colleen Gulezian 

    Extended Day Program Director
    (617) 630-2359
One of the things that makes Fessenden’s EDP so remarkable is how flexible and accommodating the staff is. On more than one occasion, something has come up at the last minute, and all I had to do was shoot EDP a quick email and my son was taken care of for the afternoon.”
--Fessenden Parent

Contact Us

For more information about the Extended Day Program please contact:

Colleen Gulezian
617- 584-0875
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