• SUMMER PROGRAMS - Registration is Closed. - Applications will be accepted for our waitlist. Cost is $53/day (10 day minimum).
    • FALL REGISTRATION (2017/18 School year) - Available on or about Thursday, April 27th.  Deadline June 6th.

    Forms will be posted on our website. Forms will also be available each CARES school location and the CARES Office.

    *CARES provides before and after school programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade7.


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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 “home away from home” environment with an emphasis on 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 150 children each day in our before-school program and 350 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 fotunate to also have a full-time nurse, Danielle Robarge, dedicated to the CARES program that travels 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 CARES@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.  Please contact CARES 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.
    • Breakfast is provided at the before school program and a snack and drink are offered in the after school program.

    If you are interested in registering your child for any of these programs, please visit our registration 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

    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.

    Program Coordinator, Shari Parker

    Program Assistant, Patty Boggia

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  • The Wilmington Public Schools provides a challenging, relevant, personalized educational experience that promotes both the academic success and the social and emotional well-being of all students. Well-trained and highly qualified staff provide students with multiple ways to demonstrate individual learning and growth, and prepare them for success in school, work, and life.


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