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Extended Day Program

Beyond the School Day

DCD’s Extended Day Program (EDP) provides a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for students beyond the regular school day. Children can participate in a wide range of projects and activities in a fun, creative and relaxed environment. DCD “EDPers” are artists, sports stars, horticulturalists, builders, actors, musicians, explorers, scientists, chefs and best of friends!

To sign up, complete the online registration form.

Pre-K Stay and Play

Pre-K students have the option to participate in EDP Mondays-Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

Every day begins with lunch followed by free play in our choice filled EDP space, outside time, story or quiet time, a craft or activity of the day, and a healthy snack just before 3 pm.

Pre-K students are required to bring a ready-to-eat lunch every day that they participate in EDP. For allergy reasons, no nut products are allowed.

A student working on a crafting project in the extended day program.
A student working with a teacher on planting a seed.

Lower School Extended Day Offering

Kindergarten through 5th Grade students join EDP at 3 pm. After enjoying a snack together, students may participate in outdoor play, seasonal sports, and a variety of both structured and unstructured indoor activities.

All students staying for Extended Day on Fridays must bring a nut-Free lunch. For allergy reasons, no nut products are allowed.

Students needing to complete homework are provided a quiet study space where they can focus on their school work. Children are encouraged to take advantage of the special weekly enrichment programs that we offer.

Students stretching in a classroom.

Middle School Extended Day Offering

The Middle Schoolers join EDP at 4:30 pm. After enjoying a snack, students may participate in outdoor play and seasonal sports, and a variety of both structured and unstructured indoor activities. The majority of students will have homework to complete and are provided a quiet study space where they can focus on their school work.

Many times EDP is used as a safe place for the Middle School athletes who need a place to wait for their pick-ups on game days. Much of the time this is only for a few minutes and families are never charged for time amounting to 30 minutes or less.

Extended Day FAQs

Rates for Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program charges two types of rates: “registered” and “drop-in.” Registered rates apply to those children who are registered in the Extended Day Program for regular days during each week of the term. Drop-in rates apply to those children who are not registered. Because it is difficult to plan around an unforeseen number of children, drop-in service is reserved for emergencies or sudden, unexpected changes in schedule and requires twenty-four-hour notice.

To qualify for the “registered” rate your child must attend EDP at least one day a week over four consecutive weeks.

Registration for EDP is due by the first day of the school year. Complete the registration form here for the 2021-22 EDP Program. If you do not hear from EDP, you may assume that your selection has been approved. Enrollment in EDP is based on available space so it is important to secure your child’s spot in the program as soon as you are able. EDP assumes that you will continue throughout the year with your chosen days and times unless you inform them otherwise. Changing a day or time for a registered child can be done through a simple email request to the EDP Director, Megan Saia.

Time Registered Rate (per hour) Drop-in Rate (per hour)
Mon-Thurs 12pm-6pm $21.00 $25.00
Mon-Thurs 4:30pm-6:00pm* $10.00* $10.00*
Friday 12:30pm-5:30pm $21.00 $25.00

*This rate applies only to students arriving after 4:30 p.m.

The business office sends out invoices due monthly.
For Financial Aid considerations and additional billing questions please contact the EDP Director, Megan Saia.

Please email the Director, msaia@dcds.net. You can also get a message to EDP staffers by way of the main office, 781-329-0850.

Please be aware: your child is safe with us and will be attended at all times. If you can’t contact us directly for any reason to tell us you will be picking up late or have a change in pick-up personnel be assured your child is in good hands.

Pick-up for EDP students is right in front of Huntington House by the swimming pool. Please pull in front and come in to collect your child. Most times your child will be involved with an activity when you arrive so please be conscious of the fact that there may be transitional time necessary before he/she is ready to leave.

EDP provides supervision for any students who are not picked up during regular pick-up times. All students, including Middle Schoolers, must attend late afternoon supervision at EDP if they are not being picked up at the normal dismissal time. Parents must pick up their children by 6 pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays by 5:30 pm.

Please be considerate of the staff and allow enough time to meet the pick-up deadline.

Lunch is a great time for students to visit with their classmates and on Fridays with schoolmates from various grades. This is an important part of EDP and we take a half-hour or more to make sure we all have a good, healthy lunch with plenty of time to finish our meals. All students staying for Extended Day must bring a nut-Free lunch. Children are encouraged to keep any leftover food in their lunch boxes so they can have it as a snack later in the day.

For allergy reasons, no nut products are allowed.

Even though we provide water all day, at meals and snack time, many children choose to bring their own water bottles which is a great source of hydration throughout the day.

You can complete our online registration form here or contact Megan Saia, Director of Extended Day.

Families are only charged for the time their child is at EDP. Enrichment classes are a separate flat rate for the entire session and are not prorated. Students attending enrichment classes will only be charged the Enrichment Class Rate for the session and will not be charged an additional fee for EDP.

Sign Up for the Extended Day Program Today!