Before and After Care » SY2017-18 Before and After Care

SY2017-18 Before and After Care

For the 2017-18 school year, Meridian offers families the following options for before care and aftercare:

7:00 - 7:30 AM at the ES


7:00 – 7:50 AM at the MS

Before Care at cost to parents

$100/month, paid to Meridian via credit card (Square machine) or money order; no cash or checks accepted. 

7:30 - 8:00 AM

ES Building open to early arrivals at no cost to parents

1:00 - 3:30 PM

     on Thursdays* only

After care at the ES at cost to parents

Annual, one-time registration fee $62 (or $112 for 2 more children) + $60/month after the first 6 weeks, paid to the YMCA Anthony Bowen

3:30 - 6:00 PM, M – F

After care at the ES at cost to parents

Annual, one-time registration fee $62 (or $112 for 2 more children) + $300/month/ES student, paid to the YMCA Anthony Bowen

3:30 – 5:00 PM, M, T, W, F

Meridian sponsored clubs, sports and tutoring

Clubs and sports will begin in September.

Afterschool tutoring will begin after the conclusion of fall MAP testing in mid/late September.  Tutoring will be for selected 2nd-8th graders with greatest demonstrated academic need.

*Early Release Thursdays will begin in September.  We hope to announce the official start date and the registration process for Early Release-only aftercare by the end of August 2017.


BEFORE CARE:  Before care is operated by Meridian at both the Elementary School and the Middle School for $100/month/child; please apply using the application form here.  Paid before care opens at 7:00 AM. If you plan to drop your Elementary student off after 7:30 AM but before breakfast at 8:00 AM, you will not have to pay for this early arrival period. This accommodation is limited to this school year only, as a courtesy to parents as we adjust to the later start time.


REGULAR, FULL TIME AFTERCARE:  Meridian is working with its aftercare provider, YMCA Anthony Bowen, to deliver high quality options at a fair cost. The current cost for YMCA Anthony Bowen full time aftercare at Meridian is an annual registration fee of $62 ($112 for 2 or more children) and $300 per month (discounts available for siblings) for Elementary students. The YMCA will provide financial assistance of up to 10% of the monthly cost for a limited number of qualified families in need. Additionally, Meridian will subsidize the monthly cost for qualified families in need up to 10%, giving priority to families with students in grades PK-5. The registration form for regular aftercare with the YMCA Anthony Bowen is here.


EARLY RELEASE AFTERCARE:   For a limited time (the first 6 weeks) on Early Release Thursdays, Meridian will subsidize 100% of the cost of after care for families of students in grades PK-5 who only need after care services from 1:00 - 3:30 PM on Early Release Thursdays. After the 6-week subsidy has ended, the cost for Early Release after care on Thursdays will be $60 per month. Enrollment in regular aftercare with the YMCA Anthony Bowen includes care on Early Release Thursdays at no additional cost. Families with students in grades PK-5 with demonstrated financial need may also receive a partial subsidy for Early Release after care on Thursdays for the remainder of the year.


All financial assistance is determined on a first come, first served basis, once financial need has been established, and with priority given to PK-5 grade students.


Why doesn’t Meridian run its own aftercare program anymore?

Meridian was offering aftercare services to families at a below market rate. It is possible that when the program was initiated, it was offering fair and competitive pricing. But after many years of operation without increasing costs, it was determined that the school could not continue to operate the program without incurring significant financial losses.  Further, we found that other providers offered richer, higher quality programming than what Meridian had been able to offer on its own in recent years. 


How did you select the YMCA Anthony Bowen as your aftercare provider?

First, we researched and had discussions with multiple aftercare providers and found that the average cost for aftercare in DC starts at around $300 a month. We then examined the programs offered and selected the YMCA because their programming offers rich enrichment activities like recreational swimming and cooking classes in addition to homework completion and afterschool snacks. The YMCA Anthony Bowen is also a member of our community, just one block from Meridian. Finally, they offer pricing comparable to other after care providers as well as their own financial assistance.  We continue to work with the YMCA Anthony Bowen to explore options for expanding the financial assistance available to Meridian families over the course of this school year.