St. Mary CARES Enrichment Program

CARES stands for Children Are Really Extra Special. Our CARES after school program begins when the regular school day ends. Parents may register for the CARES program by downloading the PDF form below, filling it out and returning it to the school.

Children participating in CARES come to the cafeteria at the end of the regular school day to enjoy some free time with a snack. Then children are escorted to classrooms according to their grade for homework assistance. A teacher and group leaders are available to help the children in each class complete their work. Parents must pick up their children by 6:00 pm.

Enrichment Programs

St. Mary Interparochial School CARES Enrichment program provides students with a safe environment in which they can participate in both academic and recreational activities after school hours. Below is a sampling of activities:

  • Homework assistance 

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Physical Fitness

  • Board Games

  • iPad time

  • Dance Instruction

  • Book Talks

  • Free Play 

  • Lego/Robotics 

  • Junior Explorers’ Club (K-4)

  • Yoga / Mindfulness

  • Farm Explorers

  • Ninja Warriors

  • STREAM coding and 3D printing

  • Genius Hour

  • Knitting instruction

  • Girls on the Run

               - Grades 3-4; Must be CARES Registered to join.

Typical Cares Day

3:00 to 3:30 PM      Snack and Relax with Friends (2:30 PM for K) 

3:30 to 4:15 PM      Homework

4:15 to 5:00 PM      Designated Enrichment Activity #1

5:00 to 5:45 PM     Designated Enrichment Activity #2 

5:45 to 6:00 PM     Prepare to dismiss. 

6:00 PM                 CARES Enrichment ENDS

CARES Cost and Fees
As a reference, here are the current CARES Enrichment program options, which may be subject to change:

  • $80 per week ($16.00 per day) - per child

  • $20 for individual days - per child

  • Late pick-up fee - $30.00 - per child

  • Early dismissal days - $30.00. - per child

On weeks that there are less than five days of school, payment will be prorated. You will be notified in advance.

If you have registered your child for CARES Enrichment in the spring of 2019, please review the attached calendar for September and circle the days that you wish for your child to attend CARES Enrichment. Please include your payment with the completed form on the first day of school.

If you are in need of financial assistance, please complete the attached registration form. 

We are optimistic that in October we will introduce our new FACTS automated payment process for CARES Enrichment. More information will be provided in the next few weeks. 

Additional Information:

We have attached the CARES Enrichment Program registration form in case you haven’t registered your child(ren) for the upcoming school year. 

If your child needs to attend CARES unexpectedly on any given day, please call the office (215-923-7522). 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to our new afterschool programming! 

CARES Program Director: Ms. Michele DiClaudio
CARES email: kindergarten@saintmarys.us
CARES hours: 3PM to 6:00PM (2:30 PM for Kindergarteners)

St. Mary's CARES program

CARES afterschool students perform a talent show for parents

Download CARES information below:

CARES Registration Form

September CARES Calendar