After the Bell Carver 2019-2020 Handbook

After the Bell






The before and after school program at Brookside, Cranbury, Jefferson, Kendall, Marvin, Rowayton, Silvermine, Tracey and Wolfpit Elementary Schools is administered by The Carver Foundation and called After The Bell. We extend a warm welcome to each family enrolling in After the Bell and look forward to having your child with us as we start the new school year.


After the Bell was developed because we believe that an excellent before and after school program, managed by committed and skilled professionals in a safe, nurturing learning environment, is a key component of realizing every child’s potential.  After the Bell is exempt from licensing by the OEC to provide childcare services.


The Carver Foundation will provide a high quality before and after school program that supports and challenges our elementary school students academically, physically, and socially and emotionally.


 The program Goals and Objectives are:


Goal 1       Support academic achievement

·         Provide activities to support each school’s improvement plan

·         Design after school programming using information on student needs and progress

·         Employ a site coordinator to serve as a bridge between school day and before/after school and hire teachers to provide academic supports



Goal 2       Provide a wide variety of high quality activities and enrichment programs

·         Involve community partners to increase children’s experiential development

·         Increase students' interests, creativity and capabilities contributing to higher self-esteem

·         Increase parent and student engagement with school


Goal 3       Provide a safe, nurturing environment with high quality staff

·         Hire qualified staff who engage children & contribute to a positive school climate

·         Provide professional development for staff

·         Foster positive communication with families

·         Increase parent and student engagement with school


Code of Conduct


Please share the following information with your child.


In order to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for all the children in the program, we require the following standards of good conduct for continuing participation in After the Bell.


Each child will be expected to:

  • Show respect for others and their property,
  • Behave responsibility and in a manner that ensures the safety and well being of self and others; and
  • Follow the directions of the childcare staff.


If problems arise, we will follow these steps:

  • Staff will speak with the child and reaffirm our expectations and the parent(s) will be notified,
  • If the problem persists, the child meets with staff to develop a plan to promote a positive change in behavior.
  • If the problem continues, parent will be notified and staff will work with parent and child to develop strategies to modify behavior.
  • Please see policies plans and procedures


If your child repeatedly demonstrates behavior that endangers other children

– deliberate pushing, fighting, hitting, kicking, etc. –

then your child will be suspended from the program for a specified period of time.  Please see Policies, Plans and Procedures.


Parents and childcare staff are partners in helping children to develop good habits.  We need your support when children are behaving in a way that physically or emotionally endangers others.  Please let your children know that you want them to obey childcare workers while they are in the program in the same way they are expected to obey you when they are at home.  If you are having discipline problems at home, please let the Program Manager know.  We can help establish common strategies to provide your child with consistent rules and responses to misbehavior at home and in the program and connect you to parenting classes if you wish. 


We seek to provide a level of discipline that maintains order while encouraging children to make their own decisions about the activities in which they want to participate. 



If your child is having a problem with another child in the program, please speak to the staff and ask them to intervene.  It is NOT appropriate for you to try to discipline another parent’s child.


Our program, as well as Brookside, Cranbury, Jefferson, Kendall, Marvin, Rowayton, Silvermine, Tracey and Wolfpit Schools, tries to reinforce the values of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, kindness, caring, and citizenship in all of its activities.


Enrollment Procedures


Participants must be students enrolled in Brookside, Cranbury, Jefferson, Kendall, Marvin, Rowayton, Silvermine, Tracey and Wolfpit Elementary Schools during the 2019-2020 academic year.  You may register your child for full time morning, afternoon or both the before and afterschool program.  You may enroll your child for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week, but we ask that if you attend less than 5 days a week that you be specific which days of the week you will use the program.  A Registration Form must be completed before any child can take part in the program because we must have information it provides in case of an emergency. 

 It is very important that you notify us if there is any change in home or workplace information.  Please do not jeopardize our ability to reach you if there is an emergency by forgetting to give us new phone numbers or addresses.

Online Registration: 

If you are registering by mail, a check or money order covering the first month’s fee and a $70.00 non-refundable yearly registration fee per family must accompany the registration form. At the open registration evenings, you may pay cash, check, or money order - the dates and locations are below.  There will be staff on site to collect monthly fees one per month. All payments must be made to After the Bell, 7 Academy Street, Norwalk, CT  06850.

·         Your check should clearly identify your child’s first and last name in the memo line.

·         You check should include a $70 non-refundable registration fee per family. If you are registering more than 1 child, you just pay a singe $70 registration fee.

·         We will be happy to verify payments to employers for dependent care spending accounts or other child care assistance or to the IRS for child care tax credits.

·         We also accept payments from the Connecticut Care 4 Kids program if you qualify. If you are a previous Care for Kids enrollee, it is your responsibility to make sure your paperwork is up-to-date at the time of registration. Otherwise, full tuition rates may apply.

·         Checks should be made payable to: After the Bell Program   

·         Checks can be mailed to:
                                After the Bell
                                7 Academy Street
Norwalk, CT  06850



Financial Assistance:  Our ability to provide financial assistance is reflected in our fee schedule. Discounts are available for families whose children qualify for free or reduced lunch.  If your family qualifies for free or reduced price lunch, please let us know on your registration form.


Withdrawal Policy:  If you elect to withdraw your child from the program, payments previously made are not refundable.



Changing Arrangements:   If changes in your work schedule mean you need to make different arrangements with us, please ask the staff for a Change of Enrollment Form so that everyone is clear what is happening and you are charged the appropriate amount for care.  It is your responsibility to inform us of a change of enrollment.











Full Rate per Child

Eligible for Reduced Lunch

Eligible for Free Lunch






5 days/week


$ 185.00

$ 150.00

$ 100.00



$ 235.00

$ 190.00

$ 130.00



$ 345.00

$ 280.00

$ 190.00






4 days/week


$ 150.00

$ 120.00

$ 85.00



$ 210.00

$ 170.00

$ 120.00



$ 310.00

$ 245.00

$ 175.00






3 days/week


$ 110.00

$ 90.00

$ 60.00



$ 160.00

$ 130.00

$ 90.00



$ 235.00

$ 190.00

$ 130.00






2 days/week


$ 80.00

$ 65.00

$ 45.00



$ 110.00

$ 90.00

$ 65.00



$ 160.00

$ 130.00

$ 90.00






1 day/week


$ 45.00

$ 35.00

$ 25.00



$ 60.00

$ 50.00

$ 35.00



$ 85.00

$ 70.00

$ 45.00


*Fees are subject to change.

We are happy to accept Care 4 Kids payments.


Monthly Tuition: Tuition is calculated on a full 182-day school year, divided by 10 school months (August - May). This is the reason that tuition remains the same from month to month, even though some months have more school vacation days. If there are snow days, they will be made up and we will provide service for 182 days.

We have a reduced fee for those who qualify for reduced price lunch and a further reduced fee for those on free lunch.  Your child does not have to eat the school lunch to qualify for these reduced fees, but you must fill out the free and reduced lunch form to qualify.  We will accept

Care 4 Kids Payments.  Let us know if you need help with this or if you need documentation for an employer’s Dependent Care Spending Account Plan or Childcare Tax Credits. 


The monthly payments are due by the 30th of the month.  Payments will be due from August through May.  My School Bucks will provide you with a monthly invoice to help you remember.  Payments may be made at , at central office at City Hall; Room 321 or may be given to your program coordinator.


If we have not received your payment by the 10th of the month, your child may be discontinued from the program. 



Hours of Care:

We will provide morning care from 7:00 am to start of school, at which time young students will be escorted to their classrooms for the first few weeks.  We resume service when children are dismissed from class at the end of the day and are open until 6:00 pm.

Delayed Openings

When schools have a delayed opening, before school programs operated in Norwalk Public Schools will also have a delayed start for the same amount of time as the schools.  Please visit for example, if an elementary school open 2 hours late due to snow (opening at 11 am instead of 9 am), the afterschool program will also start late (opening at 9 am instead of 7 am).

Early Dismissal

When there is early dismissal due to bad weather or any other unsafe conditions, afterschool programs are cancelled.

When there is a scheduled early dismissal as shown on the school calendar (e.g. professional development, parent conferences, etc.), afterschool programs will begin as soon as school is dismissed and will be open until the regularly scheduled closing time of 6 pm.

Late Fees:

A late fee will be charged to any parent arriving after 6:00 pm.  The fee will be $10.00 per child for each extra ten minutes and must be paid at the time of pick up or when the child returns to program.  If late fee is not paid your child will not be able to return to the program and school will contact parent to pick up child. Please call us if you know you will be late.  Calling does not excuse you from the late fee.  Parents who are consistently late will be asked to find other care to better meet their schedule.  When you are late, it not only means that two staff members have to stay when they may have other plans, it is also very hard on your child who has already had a long day.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures:

It is essential that we know who is under our care at any given time.  Therefore, we REQUIRE the child’s parent or guardian or other adult designated by you to sign the child into the program in the morning and sign them out in the afternoon.  We will not release a child to someone under the age of 12 (state law) and you are not allowed to drop your child off without signing in.  If a high school student will be frequently or consistently responsible for picking up a child, we must have a note to that effect and they should be listed on your enrollment form.



The After the Bell Program staff has the right to deny admittance of any child to the program at any time for reasons of obvious illness.  We may insist upon early departure should symptoms of illness emerge during the course of the program.  Upon notification that your child is ill, we expect you to either pick up your child yourself or arrange for someone else to pick him/her up within 30 minutes.  If a child has not attended school on a given day because of illness, the child may not attend the After the Bell Program. 


Healthy snacks will be provided by Chartwells, the same company that provides school lunch. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies as we may ask you to provide an additional nut free snack.

Homework time:

A portion of each afternoon is devoted to doing homework.  During this time children must do homework, read or work quietly on worksheets we will provide.  Kindergarten students are often read to during this period.  Please make sure your child understands that he/she must cooperate with staff and not bother other children.

 Parent Involvement:

 We welcome and encourage parental involvement.  You are free to visit the program at any time as well as volunteer any special skills and talents you have to enrich our program. Please contact any member of the staff to let them know that you have something you would like to share. You will need to undergo a background check and be fingerprinted.


From time to time the staff will create a wish list of items you may have around the house for craft projects.  We can always use books, games and puzzles in good condition that your children have outgrown or no longer care to play with.  Please think about us as a place for things you might otherwise throw away.


The most important way you can be involved with the program is to establish a partnership with the staff, to communicate to one another how things are going in your child’s life.  It is helpful for the staff to know about the celebrations and disruptions in your child’s life like a new baby, serious illness, or death of someone close, as they often change your child’s behavior.  And you need to know if something has happened in the program that may have upset your child or given them reason to feel good about themselves so you can comfort or celebrate as is most appropriate.  We can help you connect with expert help in the community if your family is experiencing special problems (as examples:  health insurance for your children, divorce, a death in the family, housing issues, etc.).

 We look forward to working with you and your child this year and hope you will let us know how we can help you and your child enjoy our program.


How to Reach Us:


Extended Learning Manager - Tricia Massucco – 203-854-4150      

Brookside Elementary - 475-393-7345

Site Director:  Robin Dawkins

Enrichment Coordinator - Audra Good

Cranbury Elementary
 - 475-322-2153 or 203-846-3600 ext 8

Site Director - Tahnee Serrano 

Enrichment Coordinator - Jeane Myles and Christina Bell

Jefferson Elementary - 475-393-7346
Site Director - LaWanda Smith 

Enrichment Coordinator - Julie Signore

Kendall Elementary – 475-322-2338

Site Director – Randall Austin

Enrichment Coordinator - Allison Blosio 


Marvin Elementary – 475-322-2337 or 203-899-2890

Site Director – Shanna Reid 

Enrichment Coordinator - Stephanie Pisano and Janay Jordan


Rowayton Elementary – 203-899-2940

Site Director and Enrichment Coordinator - Kathy Msaad            


Silvermine Elementary – 203-899-2950  ext 137

Site Director – Myrlande Lazarre 

Enrichment Coordinator - Damaris Cruz   

Tracey Elementary - 475-322-2314

Site Director - Kevin Downing 

Enrichment Coordinator - TBD

Wolfpit Elementary – 475-322-2339 or 203-899-2980

Site Director – Ryan Monahan

Enrichment Coordinator - TBD