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Beforecare Program

Our Before Care Program is designed to assist families who need to drop-off their children at school before the school doors officially open. The program is staffed by members of the faculty.

Time:  7:15 – 8:00am

Location:  The Lower School Cafeteria ("The HUB") (All School)
Please enter through the back parking lot's door, rear entrance of 90 Pickering, up the ramp.
Cost: $4 per student per day

If you are interested in having your child(ren) participate in the program, simply direct them to enter anytime between 7:15 and 8:00 a.m. A staff member will be present to supervise the children.

All payments will be invoiced to your FACTS account. Even if your child(ren) attend sporadically, we will charge you through your FACTS account.

A member of the staff will accompany all ECB students to the Early Childhood building at 8:00am

Aftercare Program

Staffed by an Aftercare Director and Saint Joseph School staff.
Stocked with games, art supplies, and activities for children to participate in when they are indoors after outside play.
You will receive an email confirmation when your paperwork has been submitted. We will also charge your FACTS account $100 per child to reserve your spot. Please email/mail your forms to Mrs. Kim O'Brien, Saint Joseph School. 90 Pickering Street. Needham. MA 02492

Link to the 2024-2025 Aftercare Forms


Typical Afternoon

  • Students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 meet in the HUB and check in with the Director.
  • Students in ECB meet to check-in with a staff member.
    • Students begin with outside play and then snack.
  • After outdoor play students do homework or play educational games.
  • Indoor activities and crafts are planned daily.

Note: Kindergarten location subject to change.


Policies & Guidelines

Program Activities

The Aftercare program is for all students up to and including eighth grade. Each month we select a theme. Aftercare activities include story time, arts and crafts, and other educational activities. Students may choose to play in a group or have individual free-choice. Students have access to multiple games, puzzles, and books. Outdoor activities are supervised on the enclosed playgrounds. There is time provided for homework completion and studying.

Sample Program Schedule

  • 2:30/2:40 p.m. - Check-in and snack
  • 3:00 p.m. - Playground
  • 3:30 p.m. - Homework and free choice
  • 4:00 p.m. - Children in Kindergarten - Grade 8 will be dismissed from the main building.
  • 4:30 p.m.  - Kindergarten-Grade 8 walk over to the Early Childhood Building.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Activities, crafts, free choice
  • 5:30 p.m. - Dismissal of all remaining students from the ECB

Parents provide a peanut free snack and beverage.
Note: Kindergarten location subject to change.

Pickup Procedures

At 4:30 p.m., students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 are escorted to the Early Childhood building. 

For safety reasons, this eliminates students being released from two locations. It also allows us to have all students packed with coats on and ready to go home when you come to the door or to the gate when we are outside. A teacher will sign out each student before release to a designated authorized person at pick-up time. Please check in with a teacher before leaving the premises with your child.

This same procedure is in place for the 5:30 p.m. pickup time. If you are running late please text the Director your name and child’s name, so they can be packed and ready to be dismissed. Please tell family and friends to have ID ready if they are not the designated pickup person.

If you have last minute changes during the school day, please email your child’s teacher and the Aftercare Director. All changes must be communicated and confirmed with the Director for last minute pickup arrangements. If it is an emergency, please text or call the Aftercare Director.

Aftercare phone: 617-678-2098

Homework Policy

Kindergarten - Grade 8 stay in the HUB, have snack, go outside, and complete homework assignments supervised by Aftercare staff. Aftercare teachers do provide homework support, but cannot provide individual tutoring for students. We ask parents to recheck students’ homework.


All outstanding bills must be paid before students can register for the new school year. Charges for the current month will be sent to your FACTS incidental expenses account on the 15th of each month and are due by the 25th of each month. 

We encourage you to choose automatic payment for these incidentals so that they don't get lost in the shuffle. Visit your FACTS account and choose “Enroll in Auto Pay."

Please note: If your child chooses to enroll in a club and you still want the Aftercare spot available for “off” weeks, you must pay for both the Aftercare time schedule commitment, and the club.

Cancelation & Schedule Changes

Any request for a change of schedule will only be made monthly and are due prior to the first of the month. If additional days are requested for the school year, it is subject to availability and approval by the Director. After approval of new days and times please submit a new and updated "Enrollment Schedule" form and contact Mrs. Kim O'Brien at  

Please note: Changes to enrollment are permanent and cannot be made for temporary situations.

Aftercare Director Contact Information

Aftercare Director
Mr. Joe Giroux

Aftercare Billing AND REGISTRATION

Kim O'Brien
Now Enrolling