General Program Policies

All programs are offered to Needham residents on a first come, first served basis, which include students in the Needham Public Schools Metco Program. Note: No telephone or faxed registrations are accepted anytime.

Registration Limits
See individual program descriptions for specific limits and staff to participant ratios. The Commission reserves the right to cancel classes when registration numbers are too low.

Age of Participants
Participants must be the noted age by the first day of the session in which they are enrolled. 

Birth Certificates
Birth Certificates are required for all participants. A birth certificate must be registered at Park and Recreation Office (178 Rosemary Street) prior to the program start date for registration to be complete. No Birth Certificates can be taken at the program.This is a one-time only requirement. Registrations are not complete without birth certificate. If born while living in Needham, parents / guardians can obtain copies at the Needham Town Clerk's Office.

Drop-off and Pick-up
All program directions will include general directions to program check-in. It is imperative that participants be picked up and dropped off on time. Please do not arrive early for drop-off, or late for pick-up as staff is not on duty. Always sign in and out with program staff when dropping off and picking up participants. 

Please send a note to the program if different arrangements will be made for pick-up of your child. Thank you!

Program Notifications
Register for automatic program change/cancellation e-mail or text notification by signing up for "Recreation Information" under "Notify Me" on When in doubt, call (781) 455-7930. Like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@needhampandr) for cancellations as well as other important information.

Emergency Info
Make sure all Emergency Contact and Medical Information for your child is included at time of registration. Staff is not trained to administer medication (except Epi-Pens and Inhalers). Medical Form must be completed by parent and submitted to the Park and Recreation Office before leaving any child at a program with an Epi-Pen or Inhaler. A downloadable version of the Required Medical Form can be found online at First Aid is always available on site. On-site telephone is available to staff members for emergency purposes only. If you need to contact the program, please call the Park and Recreation Office at (781) 455-7930. We will get that message to the program as soon as possible.

Never hesitate to speak to a program instructor if you have any questions or concerns about the program. More serious matters should be directed to the Park and Recreation Office at (781) 455-7930.

Program Changes / Switches
Call 781-455-7930, or stop by the office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm). Changes can only be made if space is available. Additional payments may be required for program changes. Full payment must be sent to the office within 48 hours. If the amount required is less then the initial payment the amount will be credited to your account and can be used at any time for any program for any member of the family.

Needham Park and Recreation has a NO REFUND POLICY. Questions regarding this policy may be directed in writing to the Chairman of the Park and Recreation Commission to be reviewed at their next meeting.

Non-Residents may register the Wednesday before a program begins if space is available, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance is available to Needham residents only. Please call 781-455-7930 for more information. Participants receiving financial assistance must register in person or by mail.

Special Needs Programming
A wide variety of activities are planned by the Charles River Center. Email Kelly Atkins, Family Support Program Coordinator. She can be reached at 781-972-1060.

Trust Fund for Parks - Make a donation on your registration form or write a separate check in honor of your favorite park. All gifts will be placed in the Trust Fund for Parks, and will be used for park improvements. Call 781-455-7550, press 3 for more details.