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.
PHILOSOPHY: 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.
ENROLLMENT: We serve approximately 150 children each day in our before-school program and 350 after school each day.
HEALTH CARE CONSULTANT: 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.
COMMENTS: If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to CARES@wpsk12.com
If you are interested in registering your child for any of these programs, please visit our registration page.