Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP)
BEEP (Brookline Early Education Program) is based on the experiences and findings of the Brookline Early Education Project (BEEP 1972-1983). Based in the Brookline Public Schools, the project was a research and service program working with 300 families and their newborn children until the children’s entry into kindergarten. The final results indicated that high quality early childhood programs make a significant difference in children’s future school success. BEEP classrooms are planned according to the components that indicated a significant impact on school success.
BEEP Preschools serve children 2.6 – 3.2 years of age for one year. The following year, students attend Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K). BEEP Pre-K programs serve 3 to 5 year old children for one or two years before kindergarten. Our program offers an educational experience based on developmental theory that supports each child’s individual needs and nurtures a sense of confidence and developing independence. A variety of educational materials and equipment, organized in interest centers, provide engaging and challenging choices that spark exploration, creativity and mastery of new skills. Children learn by doing as they interact with the planned environment and with one another. The curriculum is based upon each child’s strengths, needs and interests.
Through play experiences young children continually refine their skills and understanding of the world around them. Teachers observe children’s play and provide new stimulation and challenges over the course of the school year. Our curriculum includes many rich literacy and math experiences while science weaves its way through the year with a special focus on the environment. At the core of this is a strong foundation of social emotional learning and the development of a child's ability to organize him/herself around a task.
The following hallmarks are crucial in making the BEEP classrooms work for the wide range of students they serve:
- Highly trained staff
- Appropriate balance of each group (age, gender, individual needs)
- Multi-disciplinary teams
- Classroom support and consultation from specialists
- Partnership with parents
- Clearly organized classroom space
- Small pupil to teacher ratio
- Differentiated instruction
- High quality early childhood curriculum
- Thematic integrated units
- Print and math rich program
- Collaborative culture
- Focus on organizational skills and social skills
- Strategies to support all students
PROGRAM SITES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS
BEEP at Beacon: 1 Preschool, 3 Pre-K classrooms
BEEP at Coolidge Corner School: 2 Pre-K Classrooms
BEEP at Driscoll: 1 Pre-K classroom
BEEP at Heath: 2 Pre-K Classrooms
BEEP at Lynch Center: 1 Preschool, 3 Pre-K Classrooms
BEEP at Putterham: 1 Preschool, 3 Pre-K Classrooms
BEEP at Runkle School: 1 Pre-K Classroom
QUALITY RATING IMPROVEMENT SYSTEMS (QRIS)
Every BEEP site participates in the Massachusetts QRIS. Our classrooms continue an ongoing comprehensive process of internal self-study and professional review and consistently meet or exceed the criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs.