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Program Director

Jennifer Putnam

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Jennifer joined DCH in December 2018 as Program Director overseeing DCH's seasonal programs and events, summer camp, and summer pool. Jennifer received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Wheelock College in 2004. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in various youth development and program development roles with a focus on early education, health education, summer camps, and adult enrichment programming. Jennifer has a passion for working with families, youth of all ages, and adults in recreational settings including summer camp and year-round programs. Originally from New York, Jennifer has lived in Massachusetts for two decades and currently resides in Canton with her husband and three children.

 

 

Preschool Director

Jayma Thompson

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Jayma has worked at DCH Preschool since 2005, first serving in the classroom as a floating teacher, lead classroom teacher, and as the Kindergarten teacher for seven years, before moving into administrative roles. In July 2020 she was promoted to Preschool Program Coordinator and a year later to Assistant Preschool Director. Jayma became the Preschool Director in May 2022. She is excited to continue her longstanding relationship with the organization in this role!

Jayma grew up in Dedham, and lived in nearby West Roxbury with her husband for a few years before moving to her current hometown of Attleboro, MA. She received her associate degree in liberal studies and, in 2008, bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lasell College. Both of Jayma’s children have been students at the DCH Preschool. 

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Preschool Assistant Director

Patricia McLoughlin

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Patricia joins our team for the start of the 2022/2023 school year with more than 25 years of early education experience and a passion for working with children, colleagues, and families. She prides herself on making connections, sustaining relationships, and staying open to change, growth, and collaboration. Patty graduated with a degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education and has experience in the areas of mindfulness, supporting children and families with special rights (such as transitions (IFSP/IEP support)), understanding roots of behaviors, reflective teacher exchanges, and social/emotional support, especially with conflict resolution strategies. She has been influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach including in her last position as an Education Coordinator for over 15 years. Her roots are in the classroom as a teacher, and she makes sure she “lives” there enough to always gain balance, insight, and joy.

Patty lives in Southeastern MA and enjoys spending time with her children, most of all-hiking, playing and coaching sports, having dance parties, traveling to NH and Cape Cod, and spoiling their dogs - Moo and Honey.

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Board Of Directors

President

Katharine Blake

Vice President
Don Elmore

Treasurer
Stephen Palenscar

Secretary
Stephanie Matern

 

Elizabeth Blume

Jennifer Breitling

Stephen Burke

Alex Cavallini

Melissa Cidado

Kate Giovannini

Stacy Kelly

Meghan Kreitzman

Scott Mays

Eric Merithew

Erika Reynoso

Heather Ross

Maura Turner

Our Mission

DCH is dedicated to promoting educational, recreational, and civic interests to enhance the lives of all residents of Dedham and neighboring towns through innovative programs, community leadership and the preservation of its historic campus.

Our Vision

DCH will be a vibrant focal point, leader, and facilitator of all that fosters a deep sense of community in Dedham and its surrounding towns -- offering programs that address the evolving needs of diverse residents, nurturing collaboration, preserving and enhancing the campus, ensuring access for all, and building the financial resources to prosper for generations.

Contact Us

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671 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-5740

Preschool: (781) 329-4841