According to his mom, without CJP’s Discover Day School program, Seth might have floundered or gone unnoticed in a public school kindergarten. Instead, the sensitive 6-year-old is thriving at MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS) in Framingham.

Roughly 20 miles east, 5-year-old Maya is having a similar positive experience at Maimonides School in Brookline, the same institution that played a role in her mother’s Orthodox upbringing.

Both children were among the first to benefit from the CJP program, which was launched last year to help middle-tier income families “Discover Day School.”

During its inaugural year, the program provided $4,000 (up to 25 % of tuition) for families enrolling children in Jewish day school kindergarten―and 10% of the current kindergarten cohort in Greater Boston’s Jewish day schools received Discover Day School support. For the 2012-2013 school year, the incentive has been increased to up to $6,000 per year and has been expanded to include students entering kindergarten up through the 8th grade.

Program expanded for 2012-2013

To qualify for a Discover Day School check, families must be new to day school, have an adjusted gross income of between $100,000 and $240,000, and decline any school-based financial assistance. Families who earn as much as $290,000 are still encouraged to apply, since deductions are taken for certain “Jewish expenses” in calculating a family’s adjusted gross income. If families continue to qualify, they will be eligible for additional Discover Day School funds for up to three consecutive years, through 8th grade.

Many schools provide generous financial assistance awards, so some families may still elect to accept the school’s award package over a Discover Day School check.

Easing the burden of tuition

For Maya’s family, Discover Day School has meant “less of a burden on our shoulders,” says her mother, Anna, a medical resident. “I think, either way, we would have ended up at Maimonides, but we would have had to take out loans in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of education loans I already have.”

Seth’s parents knew they wanted the individualized attention, Jewish education and sense of family that day school would provide. “But we were a little hesitant because, with two kids, it’s expensive,” his mom, Laura, says. Then, because Seth was enrolled in a young kindergarten program at MWJDS, the family received an email about the Discover Day School incentive. Using the online Eligibility Calculator, parents can learn if they qualify for the program in just minutes, from the privacy of their own homes. Now, Laura wants to help spread the word about the advantages of Jewish day school and the CJP incentive program. “The children excel academically, socially, and artistically,” she says. “Everybody should have an equal opportunity for their children to attend a school like this.”

If you or someone you know is considering day school, visit to learn more.

The deadline for the 2012-13 application is just 3 days away, so apply today! 

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