Children for FUSE School
The F.U.S.E. Early Childhood School has a preschool, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms,. We pride ourselves on a small ratio of children to teachers: in the preschool it is 6 to 7 children to two teachers, the kindergarten it is 8 students to two teachers and the 1st grade it is 10 children to 2 teachers. Our reason for the small ratio is to highlight and spotlight the social problem solving moments that occur at any moment during the day. In addition, many times during the day when new skills are being worked on, such as verbalizing a plan to a friend or communicating for collaboration, the class will divide into smaller groups facilitated by a teacher. We have observed that children are more apt to internalize new strategies if the amount of visual and verbal processing they are trying to take in and also divide out is reduced significantly. Each class emphasizes an integrated model with both typically developing children and children with social challenges. Children can begin at the age of 3 and remain through 1st grade.
Each child must come to the FUSE Program for an initial intake prior to acceptance, to make sure he/she will benefit from FUSE and be a good fit with our program.
Lauren Weeks Psy.D., child psychologist, founder and director, started the early childhood program as a fulfillment of her dream to create a place utilizing her years of expertise with preschool aged children and specialized training in social / emotional relationships.
Dr. Weeks brings in specialists across all domains of child development to support and nurture the WHOLE child. Specialists will work directly with the children in the classroom and consult directly to the teachers on a weekly basis!
- Karen Levine, Ph.D. author of REPLAYS, trains and consults to staff on her work around emotional regulation and anxiety in children.
- Brooke Collier and Margeaux Ivins, Speech and Language Pathologists, conduct individual and dyad sessions with children focusing on social pragmatic communication.
- Anastasia Ivanenko and Mila Teshler, Occupational Therapists, observe in the classroom, provide services to students, consult with teachers to input regulatory practices and occupational therapy exercises into the classroom curriculum.
The F.U.S.E. Program is located within the First Parish Church (7 Harrington Road – Directions, click here) in downtown Lexington across from the Battle Green. The FUSE space is within walking distance of the main library, book store, post office, farmer’s market and much more for weekly community outings. We have three spacious classrooms and a large movement room/sensory room which we use daily. We also have a private, large outdoor space equipped with an appropriate preschool-sized climbing structure, swings, and yard to run and play games. There is also a vegetable garden which the children will be maintaining and gardening during the year.
Progress & Data
Each child will have a daily communication log that travels between the teacher and parent. The teacher will communicate daily how the child performed on their specific goals and strengths and weaknesses within the day. Parents will have a quarterly meeting with Lauren Weeks and their child’s teacher to go over progress, update goals, and plan for the following quarter.
The F.U.S.E. Early Childhood School is a five day a week program. All Preschool classes hours are 9:00 – 2:45 with early release 12:00 dismissal every Thursday. Kindergarten and 1st grade hours are 8:30 – 2:45 with an early release 12:00 dismissal on Thursday. There is optional extended day that extends the day until 5:00 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for an additional charge.
Insurance reimbursement is a possibility for insurances who allow reimbursement for out of network psychologists. You can call your insurance and ask specifically if they reimburse for out of network psychological services.