KIA 3rd,4th & 5th

Kids in Action’s 3rd, 4th and 5th grade program is currently located at Foster Elementary School. Children at this program are learning to communicate, cooperate and problem solve with their peers. Social and emotional learning through acceptance and equity are emphasized at KIA. Creativity, imagination, teamwork and STEM are developed through age appropriate choice activities. Homework is a vital part of the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade program. Quiet, schedules homework time is offered and children may choose to do homework at anytime throughout the afternoon. We encourage parents and children to work together to develop a plan to assist children in making good “time management” choices while attending the program.


Wednesday, June 7Early Release Day
Monday, May 29School is Closed for Memorial Day Observation
Thursday, June 15Tentative Last Day of School – KIA closes at 3pm
*Monday, June 19th*School is closed for Juneteenth, if still in session



The goal of our staff is to maintain a safe and secure environment for each child. Our staff is dedicated to serving the individual needs of the children by offering a variety of activities that will foster the development of a positive self-image; encourage the use of appropriate social skills and facilitate discovery and growth.

Barbara Granahan


Miss Barbara has been a valued member of KIA for 32 years! Currently, she is the Team Leader at our Foster site with grades 3, 4 and 5 and also Before School at South. When she’s not at KIA she enjoys spending time at her Lake House in NH.

Jessie Gillis

Teacher Assistant

Miss Jessie returned to KIA in 2023, and we are very excited to have her back!

Ann Howard


Mrs. Howard has been with KIA for 29 years! She holds a Bachelors in Education and aside from KIA has spent time as a classroom teacher, substitute and educator/guide for the National Wildlife Federation. Mrs. Howard enjoys nature walks, hiking and gardening in her spare time.

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Helen Mischler


Colleen Shinney


Miss Colleen has been with KIA since 2018. She holds a Bachlors degree and is certified as a 5-8 ELA teacher. She has worked for various school districts and has been involved in managing and teaching different children’s programs. When she’s not at KIA, she is with her two young boys at home who keep her very busy! She also loves being outdoors, exercising, taking photographs and coffee!

Kids In Action 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

Telephone: (781)741-1591

Address: Foster School, 55 Downer Ave., Hingham, MA 02043 (*Location is subject to change based on HPS availability.)