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School Age

School Age Program


  • The Ollie provides a safe, learning environment for children during the school year serving the needs of families with school age children where the caregivers are unavailable mainly due to work after school hours.
  • This program is entirely consistent with the Ollie’s guiding principles to be a safe haven for children and families where social interaction, supervision, age-appropriate activities and learning opportunities are ever-present and to promote, encourage and develop healthy and whole families, literacy, academic success, social and life skills, health and wellness


Quick Facts:

  • Afterschool, Before School and Summer Program Serving children ages 5 – 12 years old.
  • School Age is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and has a capacity for 65 children during the school year and 75 children during the  summer
  • The Program bases its Full Day schedule on the Boston Public and local Private School calendars (i.e. vacations, early dismissals, professional days).
  • The program has 20 income eligible and 4 supportive slots subsidized by EEC and additional voucher slots available through Child Care Choices of Boston
  • These programs operate with 1 director, 1 coordinator, 5 group leaders, 1-2 1:1 Aides/Inclusion Assistants and 4-6 PT teens

      The After School Program

  • Program operates from 2:15 to 5:45 p.m. each day
  • The program is operated from the 136 H Street location
  • The program offers transportation and escort services from local schools to  SBNH
  • The program offers full-day service during school vacations and summer months
  • The program provides 1 healthy snack and 1 meal daily, partially funded by DOE
  • Private pay is available at $120 per week
  • Summer only weeks are $185 per week

The Summer Program

The program operates between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • The program provides off-site trips daily to participants
  • The program provides educational activities (i.e. summer reading, writing) to bridge the gap between summer and school year
  • The program offers weekly slots for youth who do not participate year-round
  • The program provides breakfast, lunch & snack
  • The cost is $37.00/day


  • Boston Centers for Youth & Family (BCYF) – donate use of the Condon Community Center pool for weekly swimming and Tynan Community Center gym for weekly sports.
  • South Boston FANS (Families Advocating for Neighborhood Strength) – collaborates with SBNH to sponsor parent educational workshops at both the South Boston Action Center and SBNH.
  • Ultimate Self-Defense Studio – Owner Andrea Muccini conducts pro-bono self-defense training and strengthening classes weekly for SBNH girls.
  • Boston Green Growers – providing gardening and nutritional instruction
  • Junior Achievement – weekly groups for participants focused on financial literacy
  • Bricks4Kids and the Museum of Science – offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum and activities
  • New England Conservatory of Music – incorporating regular interactive music education


Each family is required to pay $120 per week for this program.  Our Program accepts:

  • private pay
  • state subsidized vouchers
  • income eligible subsidies through EEC
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF) supportive subsidies

For more information contact Program Director, Kristen DeVoy at or call (617)-268-1619 x 502

If Boston Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather SBNH will not provide transportation on that day; however, the program will be open regular hours. Children are asked to arrive no later than 9:30am. If no children arrive at our programs by 11 am, staff will be allowed to leave for the day, and the program will be considered as having been open, but with no participants. If we are open and conditions worsen during the day, parents may be contacted to consider the safety of their families’ commute, as well as that of our staff, and encouraged to arrive as promptly as possible or send an authorized release person to pick up their child(ren) and our programs will close. SBNH will make a decision to close programs based on several factors at the discretion of the Executive Director.  An email and/or text message will be sent to Program Directors and should be shared will all staff.  Families can find out this information by calling SBNH at 617-268-1619 and dial 0 for the operator to hear an automated message regarding our decision to open or close.  You may also access this information on the SBNH facebook page under South Boston Neighborhood House or check The web site under closings. SBNH does contract with a company who is responsible to shovel/plow our properties in a snowstorm.  Opening staff will also do their best to ensure that stairs and doorways are cleared of snow for opening to ensure everyone’s safety. On days that SBNH is open for a full day all families are required to pay for services that day, whether or not you attend.   Participants who are enrolled through a School Age subsidized slot are required to pay the full day parent fee regardless of attendance on that day.   This is mandated by the Department of Early Education and Care and was explained in your fee agreement upon intake or reassessment. Please contact us with any questions and/or concerns.