Before and After School Care

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Welcome to Fiddlehead Scarboroughʼs Before and After School Program!

2017-2018 School Year AND 2018-2019 School Year: We are wait list only  for after school classes and child care enrollment Monday to Friday.

Please call the office to register to get specific updated availability information.

2017-2018 School Year: If you are interested in receiving information about our Before and After School child care and enrichment classes, please request information here. 

New Student Registration Requirements

  • a nonrefundable deposit of $75 to reserve your spot which applies to your first month.
  • a completed registration form New Student Enrollment

After School Enrichment Classes

From 4 to 5 pm we offer after school art and science enrichment classes for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade with our great guest instructors. Student will be able to try a variety of art, science or technology projects throughout the year with us. Classes change approximately every 10 weeks.

The Before School Care and After School Program allows students to be creative in an educational, safe, friendly, structured and fun environment! Students attend an art/science/language classes each afternoon with time for homework, outside play time, free art, and snack. Classes may be divided by age group only as needed (K-2 and 3-5)and outside of class time is multi age.

Before Care students enjoy a fun, easy-going start to their day with free art, quiet indoor activities, and outdoor play before getting on the bus. Before School Care is available starting at 7:00am until buses pick up for Eight Corners and Wentworth schools.DSC_0869

Late-Start Care is available for the 10 Wednesday late starts during the school year. Care will be available from 7 to 10:30am when buses pick up for Eight Corners and Wentworth schools.

Register for all ten late start days for $150 or sign up for individual days at $20 per Wednesday late start days. There is no charge for Before-Care families who already receive care for Wednesday mornings.

We provide breakfast for students attending before school care for late start Wednesdays!

2017-2018 Late Start Days

  • September 13
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13
  • January 24
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 25
  • May 16
  • June 6

Current Schedule of Fees

Sibling Discount: A family who send multiple students to the same class will receive a 10% discount.

Optional programming is available on No School Days, and Snow Days for families in the Before and After Care program at a 50% discount.

Monthly payments are due on the first of the month. Payments can be made in person at the office or automatic withdrawal from a credit card on file can be arranged.  If the first of the month is a weekend or holiday the automatic payment will be initiated the prior business day.

Refund Policy

  • If applicant withdraws less than 60 days from the first class, or during the school year, the early withdrawal penalty will be the equivalent of a one month payment plus the deposit. Additional monies paid will be refunded based on the number of weeks remaining in the program.
  • If applicant withdraws more than 60 days prior to the first class, all monies paid (except the non-refundable deposit) will be refunded.

2017-2018 FCAS Calendar

FCAS will be CLOSED on the following holidays

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 4th
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23th & Friday, November 24th
  • Winter Break: December 23rd-January 1st
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 28th



2017-2018 Care available for No School days and Vacation Camps:

  • August 28th-September 1st- Start of school week
  • Friday, October 6th – No School Day
  • Monday, October 9th – Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 10th – Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, November 22rd – Thanksgiving break care
  • Friday, December 22nd- Winter Break Care
  • Monday, January 15th –  Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • February Break: Mon-Fri, February 19-23rd
  • April Break: Friday, April 13th
    April Break: Monday-Friday, April 16th-20th
  • Friday, May 25th – No School Day

Vacation days are $60 per day for outside enrollment or $30 per day for members of our Before and After School Program

Camps are scheduled 8:30am to 4:30pm with extended care available 7:00-6pm.


Illness Policy

Children with the following conditions may not attend any programs at Fiddlehead Scarborough until 24 hours after symptoms have subsided: fever, thick nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy coughing, chicken pox, head lice, conjunctivitis, and any other contagious conditions diseases.

If a child becomes sick while at Fiddlehead Scarborough, the parent will be notified and the child sent home accordingly.

Fiddlehead Scarboroughʼs illness policy must be followed by all children and staff.

Medications and Medical Conditions

Fiddlehead staff will not dispense medication to children. If a child requires medication, the parent must come in to administer the appropriate dose. Staff will, however, administer epi-pens or other emergency medications.

Staff members will review student files each semester to familiarize themselves with the medical conditions of individual children. An emergency plan will be posted for each child who requires one.

Families must provide Epi-pens and inhalers to keep on site at all times for those children requiring them.

Outdoor Policy

Children in the Before and After Care Program will play outside as much as possible. Fiddleheadʼs outdoor space includes a wooded area. Please be sure that children have appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear each day. In the winter, children will need boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats.

Snack Policy

Each child needs to bring a personal snack each day to be eaten upon arrival from school. Families may opt to leave a personal snack supply at Fiddlehead to be replenished as needed or pack a daily snack to be carried by their child. Please be sure that your child has enough food to cover their snack. Fiddlehead does not provide food and due to food allergies and fairness, there is no sharing of food between students.

Behavioral Guidance Philosophies

One of the many roles of our staff is to work together with parents to help children develop appropriate behaviors. Parents are invited to discuss their concerns about their childrenʼs behaviors with Fiddlehead Scarborough staff and to plan together with staff means of responding consistently to behavior problems. In this way, children will always receive the same message about acceptable behaviors from the important adults in their lives (parents and caregivers). The goal of our policies regarding discipline is to mold or change inappropriate behavior using positive techniques. Some of these techniques include:

  • Developing rules with children that are stated at the childrenʼs developmental level
  • Clarifying the consequences of disobeying rules before disobedience occurs.
  • Having age appropriate expectations for children.
  • Staff supervision and guidance allows us to recognize when a child may need redirection before a behavior problem progresses.
  • If redirection is ineffective, the child may be removed from the classroom along with a staff member to discuss the situation on an age appropriate level and to work together to implement a positive outcome.

Student Code of Conduct In order to maintain a safe, fun and productive camp environment, we require parents and students to read and understand the importance of abiding by the following code of conduct:

  • I will follow the class or camp schedule.
  • I will respect the counselors, teachers, director, and other students.
  • I will not use foul language.
  • Before leaving the room, I will ask a staff member for permission.
  • I will treat others with respect.
  • Fighting, hitting or bullying will not be tolerated.
  • I will follow all safety rules set forth by the camp staff.

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts – Scarborough – Rules & Policies

  1. Students must follow Fiddlehead Center for the Arts- Scarborough Student Code of Conduct. Please inform your child of these policies prior to the start of camp.
  2. All students must have completed registration forms and medical information forms on file by the first day of attending events with us. No camper will be allowed to start participating in class until all forms have been filled out and filed.
  3. Students, for their own safety, should wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for outdoor activities. If proper footwear is not worn, the parent will be notified and asked to bring proper footwear for their child or the child will be sent home.
  4. Medication: Fiddlehead staff is not permitted to accept or dispense medication of any kind, except in the event of an emergency. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to administer medication to their child.
  5. Snack and Lunch: It is the responsibility of the student’s family to provide after school snacks and lunch on no school days for their student. Mark the lunch box/bag with the child’s name. Refrigerators and microwaves are available on site. For the safety of students with allergies, we ask parents to avoid snacks that contain nuts whenever possible.
  6. Water: Water is available on site, but we suggest you send a bottle of water with your child, labeled clearly with the child’s name.
  7. Programs are limited to registered participants only; visitors or guests will not be permitted.
  8. Drop Off/Pick Up: Parents should be punctual in dropping off and picking up students. All students must be signed in in the morning and signed out before leaving.
  9. Before and After Care:  Supervision beings at 7:00 a.m and ends at 6:00pm. Students are not allowed to be dropped off any earlier and must be picked up on time; if they are not picked up before 6:00 p.m. fees and penalties may be accessed. (See before and after care information) The Director will handle late pick-ups on a case by case basis. Monetary fees may apply.

Fiddlehead Disciplinary Policy Fiddlehead classes and camps are meant to be a fun, educational, and a recreational activity. For the benefit of all campers, it is important that children behave appropriately. If it becomes necessary to take disciplinary action against a student, the steps will be followed as outlined below:

  • First Occurrence – The student will receive a verbal warning and an explanation as to why the behavior is inappropriate (whenever possible, this will be done in a secluded setting, away from other students). The student’s parents will be notified of their behavior via phone call or when they arrive to pick up their child.
  • Second Occurrence- Staff will determine the appropriate consequence for the student’s behavior (examples may include a “time out” or exclusion from participating in an activity). A one day suspension may be given, if not more (with no refund) and specified to the parent/guardian that the next occurrence may result in the child’s continued expulsion without refund. In addition, a meeting may be setup with the parent/guardian and camper to create a partnership to resolve any issues.
  • Third Occurrence – The third incident may result in immediate expulsion from camp without refund.

The Fiddlehead Director will make final determination for expulsion and reserves the right to ban any child from summer camps following a first incident in cases of serious inappropriate behavior.

Personal Technology Policy

Children in the Before and After Care Program are not allowed to use personal cell phones, ipods, or gaming devices. If these items are brought to Fiddlehead, they must remain in the childʼs backpack throughout the afternoon.

If parents need to communicate with their child, they should call the Fiddlehead office.

After School Transportation

Bus transportation is provided to Fiddlehead Scarborough by the bus department from the following schools:

  • Wentworth School
  • Eight Corners School

Call the office (207) 883-5720 for details