What's Happening at East End House
August 2014 Newsletter

Celebration on Spring Street

Barbeque and ice cream and games oh my! On August 20th, over 500 people enjoyed a free community celebration at East End House's Annual Summer Block Party.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, including All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department's Men's Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.

Backpack Drive Prepares Children for School

This fall, East End House is providing more than 350 children with backpacks full of school supplies to start the new school year thanks to generous support from individuals and local organizations including Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Boston Properties, CambridgeSide Galleria, Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, the Torstensson Family, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

100% Kindergarten Ready

East End House celebrates as 100% of our preschool graduates are kindergarten ready for the second year in a row! Our preschool students are academically, social-emotionally and physically prepared for kindergarten as measured by two evidence-based assessment tools, Teaching Strategies Gold and the Bracken School Readiness Assessment. Read more »

Summer of STEM Service-Learning

Two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income and higher income students is attributed to disparities in summer opportunities (Alexander, Entwistle, & Olsen, 2007). To combat the loss of learning when school is out, this summer East End House provided middle and high school youth with fun, hands-on service-learning projects about ecology and the science of food systems. Read more »

East End House Helps to Launch National Initiative

East End House works with national networks of human service organizations across the country to share best practices for tackling the toughest issues facing our communities.

We were recently part of the launch of the Alliance for Children and Families' Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building. Learn more about this exciting initiative here!

High Praise from Council on Accreditation

East End House achieved an outstanding accomplishment earlier this year when it earned reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation. The agency's School Age and Middle School Programs are 2 out of only 3 programs in Massachusetts accredited for high quality Child and Youth Development Services. The final accreditation report sings high praises:

"Ethics, integrity, honesty and compassion are evident in every aspect of this organization's operation."

"The culture of the staff in this organization is one of respect, passion and cooperation."

Our Mission

East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of the approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Save the Date Calendar

Space Available for Child Care Program

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 7:30 AM - Friday, June 12th, 2015 5:30 PM

The Child Care Program currently has openings for children age 15 months to 2.9 years. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and operates Mondays to Fridays from 7:30am to 5:30pm year round. For more information or to set up a tour please contact Camille Platt, Child Care Program Director at Camille@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

Sign Up Now: School Age Program

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 2:00 PM - Friday, June 12th, 2015 6:00 PM

Sign up now for East End House's out-of-school-time School Age Program! Activities incorporate multicultural and interdisciplinary activities, computer skills, math and science classes, sports, reading and literacy projects, dance, cooperative games and much more. Children also receive structured homework help. To learn more, contact Catharine Downs at 617-876-4444 or catharine@eastendhouse.org.

CBC Beer Dinner to Benefit East End House

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 6:00 PM

Cambridge Brewing Company turns 25 this year, and as part of their anniversary celebrations they will host a fabulous four-course dinner with beer pairings to benefit East End House. This is part of CBC's larger commitment to contribute $25,000 to East End House this year. Please visit their website for more information. You can also pick up a bottle of the CBC Anniversary Imperial Amber, the proceeds of which benefit East End House!

Become a Mentor!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 6:00 PM - Thursday, June 4th, 2015 8:00 PM

Calling all awesome, fun and caring adults interested in making a difference in the life of a young person! We are currently recruiting mentors to pair with our middle school mentees for the new school year. Matches meet at East End House twice a month to engage in group activities, eat dinner, and then spend one-on-one time developing positive youth-adult relationships. For more information or to apply please contact Tim Severyn, Senior Director of Community Programs, at timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

Middle School Program Now Enrolling

Monday, October 6th, 2014 3:00 PM - Friday, June 12th, 2015 6:00 PM

The Middle School Program is now enrolling for fall. Hands-on, project-based curricula are designed in collaboration with schoolteachers with the goal of preparing youth with the academic, social and leadership skills they need for a successful transition into high school. STEM learning, leadership development and service learning are major components. To enroll, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org or call 617-876-4444.

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