The Brookline Early Education Program.
The Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP) offers 20 programs throughout the town and serves children with a range of developmental levels and from diverse cultural backgrounds. There are 19 inclusive models and one specialized program. Each elementary school, Brookline High School and the Lynch Center all have programs for children before they enter kindergarten. BEEP Preschool programs are one year programs that serve children ages 2.6- 3.5 and BEEP Pre-kindergarten programs are two year programs and serve children ages 3-5. BEEP serves 285 children across town. All classrooms are supervised by the Principal for Early Education and two Early Childhood Program Coordinators.
Small class size, highly qualified teaching staff, and small pupil-teacher ratios combine to support children in the early years of their education.
The mission of the Brookline Early Education Program is to provide an inclusive environment where all children from ages 3-5 can learn social competency, develop cognitive, motor and language skills and expand their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.
The Brookline Early Education Program is an outgrowth of the Brookline Early Education Project (BEEP), a ten year research project demonstrating that quality education for young children enhances their later success in school. All teachers who work in BEEP classrooms are employed by The Public Schools of Brookline and hold degrees and certification through the Department of Education. Parent fees, grants and the Public Schools fund these programs.
The Early Childhood Program provides comprehensive, developmentally appropriate , inclusive educational opportunities to the children of Brookline. BEEP Pre-kindergarten programs are two year programs and serve children ages 3-5. The BEEP Pre-school programs are one year programs that serve children ages 2.6 to 3.4. All programs follow the same Profile of Developmental Goals and Curriculum Content to design the early childhood experience. The inclusive preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms typically have a teaching staff of one early childhood master teacher and two support staff for 15-17 students. Each classroom is designed to meet the individual needs of young children with and without an identified special need. Therapists work with teachers to provide appropriate services within the classroom and to enrich the learning opportunities for all.