Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program provides a safe, nurturing environment after school for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM daily.  Activities are provided that challenge each child to explore, discover, create, and grow. The Program offers additional enrichments during conference days and early release days.

2022-2023 School Year Extended Day Program

2022-2023 School Year Program Announcements:  **Updated as of August 16, 2022**

At this time, the Extended Day Program at the Cunniff, Hosmer, and Lowell Elementary Schools is enrolled to capacity based on our current staffing.  If you would like to register and add your student to the waitlist please click the school-specific registration link below.  Please note, that to activate your student's registration there is a one-time, non-refundable, per-student registration fee of $100.00.  

Links to the School-Specific Google Registrations forms for the 2022-2023 Before School & Extended Day Program:

Click here to view the 2022-2023 Before School and Extended Day Program informational Smore flyer.  This flyer describes the initial registration process and full details on the lottery for enrollment.  The initial registration period closed on June 26, 2022, and the lottery for enrollment has already taken place.  Registrations are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis to be added to the program waitlists.


Watertown Community Education and The Before School and Extended Day Programs:

  • Watertown Community Education, a department of Watertown Public Schools, is pleased to offer optional, fee-based Before School and Extended Day Programs for WPS students in kindergarten through Grade 5. 
  • The Before School and Extended Day Programs are available to Kindergarten students beginning on their first full day of school. 
  • The Before School and Extended Day Programs are not academic programs.  These are social and play-based programs offering students a schedule of activities each day that include a balance of structured and unstructured time.  We offer arts and crafts, movement activities, group-based activities that are both student- and teacher-led, and free playtime with a variety of toys and materials.  Students enrolled in the Extended Day Program will spend time outdoors daily, weather permitting. 

Program Hours for The Before School and Extended Day Programs:

  • The Before School Program runs from 7:15 AM – 8:05 AM.  Students can be dropped off anytime time within these hours.  Kindergarten students enrolled in the program will be walked to their daytime kindergarten classroom or meeting area at 8:05 AM each day.
  • The Extended Day Program runs from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM.  Students can be picked up anytime during these hours. 


Enrollment options for The Before School Program:

  • 5 day per week enrollment (only registration option)

Enrollment options for The Extended Day:

  • 5 day per week enrollment
  • 3 day per week enrollment (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
  • 2 day per week enrollment (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • * No exceptions can be made to the days included in these enrollment options.
  • * Priority will be given to registrations for 5-day per week enrollment.

Tuition for The Before School & Extended Day Programs:

  • Tuition is paid on a monthly basis and is broken down into 10-equal monthly payments.  Your first month’s payment is due in advance to secure and confirm enrollment.
  • Tuition rates for the 2022-2023 Before School and Extended Day Programs are subject to an annual review and approval process.  Finalized rates may not be available until summer 2022.  Please see our current, 2021-2022 Before School and Extended Day Tuition Rates for reference.
  • We do not offer scholarships or reduced rates based on income.  Child care vouchers are not accepted for these programs.


Registration for "RETURNING Families and/or SIBLINGS OF RETURNING Families:

  • Registration for RETURNING families and/or SIBLINGS OF RETURNING families opens on Monday, May 16, 2022.  Priority registration for this group ends on May 30, 2022.  If the number of RETURNING STUDENT and/or SIBLINGS OF RETURNING STUDENT registrations received exceeds our total program capacity and/or the capacity of a single grade/age grouping, a lottery for enrollment will be held on May 31, 2022. 
  • Returning Before School and/or Extended Day Program students will not be charged a registration fee.
  • New siblings of returning Before School and/or Extended Day Program students will be charged a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 per child to activate their registration.
  • Priority registration will be online via Google Form.  Full priority registration instructions and the online Google Form registration link will be emailed to current Before School and/or Extended Day families on or before May 2, 2022.  That information will also be added here to our website as well

**Please note that “RETURNING STUDENT” is defined as a student enrolled in the 2021-2022 Before School and/or Extended Day Program who is an active student in the program(s) at the time of our priority registration period 5/16/22 – 5/30/22.

Registration for NEW Families: 

  • Registration for NEW families opens on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 8:00 AM and closes at 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 26, 2022.  A lottery for enrollment for NEW families will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  Registrations received after the 6/26/22 deadline will be added to our waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Registration will be online via Google Form.  There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 per child to activate your student’s registration.

Confirming and Securing Your Student’s Enrollment:

  • If, following the lottery for enrollment, your student is offered a space in the 2022-2023 Before School and/or Extended Day Program their first full month’s tuition payment will be due by Monday, July 25, 2022, to confirm and secure their enrollment.


Where to find information about Watertown Community Education Programs:

How to contact Watertown Community Education:

  • If you have any questions, please contact Debi Cornelius, Director of Community Education at [email protected] and Jeff Bodner, Assistant Director of Community Education at [email protected] 

2021-2022 School Year Important Documents:  **Updated as of October 1, 2021**

Meet Our 2021-2022Program Staff


General Program Resources

If you have any questions, please contact Debi Cornelius at debora[email protected] or Jeff Bodner at [email protected]  We can also be reached via our program cell phone at 857-241-8499.