• We have made the decision to cancel Summer CARES this year. We wish all of our CARES families a healthy summer.


    Registration for the upcoming 2020-21 School Year will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check back here for updates.

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  • We are excited to announce that the CARES Program has moved to an online registration and payment system. We are now using CommunityPass. Some Wilmington families may already have a CommunityPass account if they have registered for events through the Wilmington Recreation Department. (You will be able to access CARES through your already existing account.) There are full instructions on how to register in CommunityPass on our CommunityPass page.


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  • Children’s Art, Recreation and Enrichment Services

    C.A.R.E.S. Business office is located at
    320 Salem Street
    Wilmington, MA 01887
    in the North Intermediate School

    visit us on Facebook @ Wilmington CARES

    C.A.R.E.S. MAILBOX: Enter the back parking lot and our entrance is at the far end of the building near the field.  Follow the pathway under a set of stairs. Our office door is the second one in marked C.A.R.E.S.  Our mail box is to the right of the door.  If you need to see us please ring the door bell.

    Payments - Payments are due the first of every month. You are responsible for making sure your payment is sent in or dropped off in a timely manner to our business office. There will be a $20.00 surcharge for all late payments received after the 7th of the month.

    Program Coordinator, Shari Parker

    Assistant Program Coordinator, Patty Boggia

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  • WELCOME! The Wilmington Public Schools C.A.R.E.S. (Children’s Art, Recreation and Enrichment Services) provides children with a fun and enriching out-of-school experience. We focus on creating an environment that supports the needs of each individual child. The program was expanded to each of our schools for the primary purpose of providing a safe environment for our youth during out-of-school time. This safe, caring environment offers activities, which are designed to promote an individual child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being and growth. The program comprises a range of activities, including outdoor play, arts and crafts, library time, cooking, movies, free play, computers, board games and puzzles. Children may also read a book, finish homework (grades 1-5), or simply enjoy quiet time under the supervision of our qualified staff.

    This non-academic part of a child’s day is crucial to his/her social and emotional development.  Self-confidence, self-respect and self-definition are encouraged. Making choices, developing responsibilities, learning to express his/her needs and building friendships are important to a child’s development.

     We serve approximately 200 children each day in our before-school program and 450 after school each day. 

      Our health care consultant is Doreen Crowe, RN, BSN.  She is available to provide consultation and on-going training for our staff on specific medical issues.  She is also available to visit the sites on an on-call basis. We are fortunate to also have a nurse dedicated to the CARES program that may have the ability to travel from site to site. In addition, most staff is ceritified in First Aid and CPR ; many are epi-pen trained, as well.  In an emergency, we will call 911.   Vacation programs are staffed with nurses based on availability.  There may not be a nurse on site during all program hours.  If this is a concern for you, please consult with our nursing staff at (978)815-1510.

    If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to shari.parker@wpsk12.com or patricia.boggia@wpsk12.com


    The Wilmington Public Schools offers various programs throughout the year.  Our goal is to offer programs which will accommodate the schedules of working families. CARES Before and After School Programs (school days) is for children attending Wilmington Public Schools, and takes place at the school building in which they attend. Vacation and Summer Programs are at a centralized location, and all Wilmington residents are eligible to attend (age requirements apply). There is a 2 day minimum required to enroll (School year CARES).


    Please contact the CARES Office for information about the programs listed below:


    • Before-School C.A.R.E.S. – Opens at 6:45 a.m. until the beginning of the school day. This program is held at each elementary site.
    • After-School C.A.R.E.S. – Opens at the close of school until 5:45 p.m. This program is held at each elementary site.
    • Vacation C.A.R.E.S. – These programs are offered during the February and April school vacations and are held at the one site, which is announced when enrollment forms are available.
    • Summer C.A.R.E.S. – Offered each summer at the close of school until late August. This program is held at one school, which is announced when enrollment forms are available.
    • BOKS - before school nutrition and physical activity program. There are 2 sessions (Winter & Spring) at the elementary and intermediate schools.
    • ACE - (Afterschool Clubs & Enrichment) for all Wilmington Middle School students. There are 3 sessions (Fall, Winter & Spring) with a variety of clubs offered on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons.


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  • C.A.R.E.S. Site Coordinators and Telephone Numbers

    BOUTWELL — JoAnn Bourque (interim)


    WILDWOOD — Gina Haerer


    SHAWSHEEN — Jessica Hanafin 


    WOBURN STREET — Caitlin Combs 


    NORTH — Michelle Malfa 


    WEST/MIDDLE — Kerin Osgood / JoAnn Bourque (mornings)


    CARES Nurse — Colleen Collins, RN


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Core Values

  • Community

Mission Statement

  • The mission of the Wilmington Public Schools is to educate and develop students academically, socially, and emotionally to be active, civic-minded contributors to our global society.

Vision Statement

  • Community—Inclusivity—Respect—Collaboration—Learning—Engagement

    The Wilmington Public Schools, in conjunction with the community, provides an inclusive, respectful, and collaborative learning environment where all stakeholders are engaged in the development of the whole child.


    Notice of Non-Discrimination - All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Wilmington Public Schools are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.