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philosophyThe Family Schools, Inc., NAEYC accredited since 1988 is a response to adults everywhere who seek to raise and educate stable and loving children. Families are the most unique and effective teachers of their young children. Therefore, all of our programs support, endorse and strengthen each family's teaching. All of our staff works with each family in the art of child nurture. Teachers enhance the lives of families and their young children by sharing their professional skills. Our faculty also reinforces leadership from families in the teaching of their own children. The Family School is a licensed private school for children 8 weeks to 5 years of age, offering infant, toddler & preschool programs to children throughout the school year. The Family School programs are also recognized for special needs services to children. A Resource Teacher and School Nurse are part of our staff. Other professionals remain on call. These year round programs are located in the Schoolhouse and embrace varied student schedules.

The Salt Box School is a licensed private school for elementary school age children ages 4 to 7, offering Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten in mixed age classrooms. These programs follow a school calendar and are located in the Salt Box Building and in the newly renovated Lodge.

sac-2011-198Brewster Day Camp, accredited by the American Camp Association, is a licensed, fully integrated, day camp inviting campers ages 3-16 years to pursue and achieve personal growth through group challenges and individual success. BDC campers learn to embody the camp motto through sharing Courage, Hope, Good Spirit and Peace!

The Family School Consulting Service is a group of professional educators and psychologists who are dedicated to teaching the principles of family support through education programs and communication courses. They offer workshops, conferences, lectures and consultation. More information may be gathered by calling the school office.

Individual Teaching from Family StrengthAll school, camp and consulting policies serve as guidelines accurately reflecting our philosophy. All school teaching programs are designed for each child's individual needs and updated every 6 months. When the needs of a child are in conflict with a school or camp policy, parent and teacher are free to design policies for a period of time that suit the needs of the individual child. Parents are always encouraged to come to the school and to the camp to observe, to help and to enjoy. The Directors of both the school and the camp are always open to suggestions, ideas and contributions from families.

Accreditations, Licenses and Honors

The Family Schools, Inc. holds 4 licenses: A private school licensed by the Nauset Regional School System, A child care center licensed by the Department of Early Care and Education, A summer camp licensed by the Brewster Department of Public Health, A semi public pool facility licensed by the Brewster Department of Public Health. Buildings and campus are certified each year by both the Brewster Fire Department and the Building Department.

In addition our programs hold rigorous professional accreditations:

American Camp Association summer day camp

National Association for the Education of Young Children as a member program of the National Academy

Nationally honored by NAEYC in 2010 as one of ten schools in the country who truly embrace diversity and inclusion







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