Our Extended Day Childcare Programs offer a valuable service to working parents. Our qualified staff provides a safe and harmonious environment in which children make age appropriate choices that lead to sound social, emotional and physical development.
Elementary and Middle School Extended Day Childcare programs are offered mornings (as early as 7:00 AM), and afternoons (until as late as 6:00 PM) located at Byam, Center, Harrington, South Row and the CommEd Center. Parker offers afternoon coverage only.
Important note for your planning purposes: There is a delay of three business days after we have received all required paperwork before your child can attend our Childcare Programs. This does include the day we receive the paperwork.
The combined Kindergarten Childcare (K/CC) Program offers kindergarten children a full school day by supplementing a half day childcare session with the public kindergarten half day. The program is only available on a five-day per week basis. The K/CC Program is offered at the Chelmsford Community Education Center at 170 Dalton Road. Transportation is provided between the elementary schools in town and the CommEd Center.
A further service we provide is February and April vacation school coverage from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Community Education Center. The cost is $47 per day.
The fun continues over the summer in our Summerfest Program! With weekly themes carefully designed by our professional staff, we guarantee a wide variety of experiences for school aged children.
The Lion’s Den Preschool offers a warm, safe and secure learning environment for your child. We are located in a very large, double classroom on the lower level of Chelmsford High School. In this space, we have a block corner, a housekeeping area, game tables, science table, a climber, a clay table, a water table, an easel, computers, and an arts and crafts area. For the first portion of the day, the children are free to choose any activities that interest them. Movement from one activity to another is regulated by the child. In addition, we have daily music and story/language blocks. We also have an outdoor play area that is utilized every day, winter included—weather permitting. An integral part of our program is the association with the Family and Consumer Science Department at Chelmsford High School. Through the Exploring Early Childhood class, we obtain the services of student aides. These highly motivated students gain hands-on experience in the preschool field while providing our staff with valuable assistance and favorably impacting our teacher/student ratio. A bonus for your child is the natural youthful exuberance teens provide. Call 978-251-5111, x4108 to schedule a tour.
Chelmsford Integrated Preschool (CHIPs) is an integrated preschool that includes both children with specific special needs and children who have no identified needs. Inclusive education provides meaningful education to developing young children. CHIPs is a program of Chelmsford Public Schools through a partnership of Special Education and Chelmsford Community Education. Contact Aline Shimer at 978-251-5188, x1106 or email@example.com.
The Lion’s Pride Program is a new service that is designed to offer the standard “preschool curriculum” that children benefit from while offering extended hours for the convenience of parents. Our certified teachers come to our program with years of experience allowing them to offer a hands on, theme based curriculum with ease.
Our program offers care for children ranging from 18 months until the child
enters Kindergarten. We are a small program that offers a comfortable family
style feeling, while maintaining the standards and security of a school setting.
We blend school with childcare. The children are split into two classrooms
to allow for specialized curriculum time that is age appropriate, but meet
for meals and free play to have a wider range of social interactions. Our days
are packed with exciting activities and experiences which allow the children
to grow and develop at their own pace. We view each child as a whole and work
with them individually to enhance their social and cognitive skills through
play! The children in our room have access to our block area, dramatic play
center, math and science area, table toy area, writing table, art center, sensory
table and much more.
Lion’s Pride follows the Public School calendar. Our hours of operation are 6:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Hot lunch and snacks are included. For more information please call 978-251-5151 to set up a tour!
We offer full childcare services on Early Release days and the full Professional Day. The Early Release days are included in your monthly fee if they fall on your regularly scheduled day, otherwise the charge for the afternoon is $35. The full Professional Day is available at a cost of $47 for the day.
On these days, please be sure to send a lunch with your child.
We offer limited openings for parents who need care on an "as needed" basis. The cost is $22 for before-school care, and $35 for after-school care. Contact our office for more information.