About Us

About UsFounded in 2002 by a group of local parents searching for afterschool child care options in the Auburndale community, WASC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit child care provider (EIN 03-0440927) which continues to be governed by parents. All parents of children in the program are members of the WASC Corporation. Programming, administration, management and care of the children during the program hours are the responsibility of the paid professional educators. The program is separate from the Newton Public School System, but enjoys a congenial, working relationship with the school system and rents space in the Williams Elementary School.

Parents are expected to attend an annual meeting, at which time procedures and policies are reviewed. The Board of Directors represents all members in administering and supervising the program.

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is our licensing authority. Terese Walkeapaa is our Program Director. Full-time and part-time group leaders also staff the program.

WASC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sex, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, disability, and/or sexual orientation. Toilet training status is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment.

Statement of Purpose:

Statement of PurposeWASC provides an afterschool program for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Auburndale and Lower Falls communities. WASC serves children between 5-12 years of age. Our fundamental goal is to provide a safe, high quality and affordable afterschool program. We recognize the need for an environment in which there are opportunities for socializing, unwinding and releasing energy. The program provides structured activities from which each child may choose, including sports, arts, crafts, free play, drama, science, etc. These activities are of sufficient range to appeal to many personalities and interests, are balanced between quiet and active, and seek to extend the children's skills and experiences.

Attention is paid to contributing to each child's emotional and social development. Self-confidence and self-respect are encouraged, as are responsibility, decision-making and respect for others, and for one's own commitments. Each child contributes to the development of rules which, by limiting certain kinds of behavior, create an environment in which all of the children's privacy and right to make choices are protected.

Program Design:

The educators of WASC plan and implement the program activities and special events. The activities vary according to the day, but they generally include a choice of free time, dance, drama, gym, art and supervised local field trips. Quiet homework time is available for some period each day. WASC opens when the school day ends and closes at 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Generally, we follow the public school calendar; on days which the school is closed or on vacation, WASC is closed as well. The February and April vacation weeks are special programming for WASC.


All parents of children in the program are members of the WASC Corporation; thus eligible for a leadership position amongst the Board of Directors. The officers of the Board of Directors are elected on an annual basis by the voting members of the WASC Corporation during the election phase of its regularly scheduled meetings.

2011-2012 Officers


Charlie Mixer


Katie Greeley


Paula Fazli


Sharon Barrett

Ralph Trementozzi, Esq.


From the point of program inception, it is very likely that WASC would never have come to fruition without bringing Terese Walkeapaa onboard as the Program Director of the WASC program. Terese brings a vast, first-hand working knowledge of what goes in to operating an afterschool child care program. She has worked as a school-age professional for over twenty years, and is currently listed as a Council On Accreditation (COA) active endorser. Terese was born and raised in Auburndale, Massachusetts and has a personal connection to the local Williams Elementary School community.

With Terese's structural direction, our program offers children of the Auburndale and Lower Falls communities a nurturing, educational and safe environment. The approach we take towards providing this service is simple: quality educators; low educator-to-child ratio; individual attention; a nurturing environment; and continuous parental contact. We look forward to your family joining ours.