Community Ed



As of January 9, 2023, NCE, along with the NPS administrative staff, will be located in the former Hillside School building while the renovations of the Emery Grover (school administration) building are completed.


Here is our new address:

Needham Community Education 

28 Glen Gary Road, Room 221

Needham, MA 02494
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.



Welcome to Needham Community Education where we are proud to offer over 500 enrichment classes for adults and for high school, middle school and elementary school students. Check out the many opportunities to stretch your mind, learn a new skill, and join others in having fun!

Contact the NCE Office at (781) 455-0400 (option 5), or direct your questions to a specific Program Director (click on name to send email):
Diane Simmons, Director of Strategic Planning and Community Engagement
Amy Goldman, NCE Program Director, Adult Ed and High School 
Christa Kelleher, Director, NCE Early Childcare Program, "The Little Rockets"
Rachel Hesser, NCE Program Director, Middle School
Valerie Becker
, NCE Private Music Lessons Coordinator
Deb Tormey, NCE Department Bookkeeper
Kerri Cence,
NCE Department Secretary

Learn, make, move, play, improve, explore, taste and more, while connecting with others, in an NCE Adult Program. The Summer catalog is now available and registration is open. View the upcoming offerings in the Spring Catalog and register today

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please email NCE Program Director, Amy Goldman, or call (781) 455-0400 x11214. 
NCE has summer offerings for high school students, including college application prep, SAT Prep and performing arts programs. View the NCE High School Summer CatalogRegister today!

NCE offers test prep classes throughout the year. View the offerings for the 2023-24 school year. Register online.

The NCE Middle School program offers after school enrichment programs for students in grades 6–8. 
Questions or comments? Contact Rachel Hesser, NCE Middle School Program Director, or call (781) 455-0400 x11222.

Your children can pick from a wide array of after school enrichment classes offered at each elementary school.
Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call (781) 455-0400 x5.

The NCE Summer Explorations program offers students entering grades 1–9 more than 80 unique weeklong, morning, afternoon and full-day enrichment classes in July. All classes are taught by Needham Public Schools teachers and other trained education professionals.
Questions? Contact us at NCEsum[email protected] or call (781) 455-0400 x5.

The NCE Early Childcare Program is committed to providing a safe, enriching environment for the children of the Faculty and Staff of Needham Public Schools. We are dedicated to promoting a love of learning and a strong sense of community through our nurturing care and our developmentally appropriate curriculum and practices.
Questions? Contact NCE Early Childcare Director, Christa Kelleher, or call (781) 559-3384. 

A comprehensive program of private instruction for beginners through advanced music students. Private music lessons greatly enhance a student's success and enjoyment of a musical instrument. Contact NCE Private Music Lessons Coordinator, Valerie Becker.

NCE strives to provide engaging, high-quality enrichment programming for children and adults. Our department is funded entirely by class fees and supplemented by donations from generous community members like you. Your donations are used to support scholarships for low-income students so that they can access the fabulous array of elementary and middle school afterschool and summer programs, and college prep courses, too. We appreciate your support!
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Registration process:
NCE uses the Eleyo online registration system. If you have not done so already, you are encouraged to create an Eleyo account so you can more easily search for classes and register. Set up your account today! Simple step-by-step instructions can be found here

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