Parent's Corner

Welcome to Parent's Corner, where you will find helpful information about our standards, processes and policies. For additional information or questions, reach out to us any time at info@darienafterschool.com or 888.212.3837, ext. 801.

In Case of Emergency: A First Aid, CPR, Epi-Pen, and Automated External Defibrillator trained Site Director is onsite during Darien After School programs.

Registration, Schedule and Fees: Darien After School offers three sessions each school year: Fall (end of September to December break), Winter (mid January to April break) and Spring (immediately following April break to end of school). Schedules are posted two months prior to the start of classes; registration begins one month prior to the start of classes.  

Scholarships: Together Darien After School and your school offer scholarships for programs at your school. Parents may contact their school secretary for more information.

Student Support Aides: Darien After School can arrange support aides to accompany your child during our program upon request. We will bill families $25/class hour to cover the cost of the aide. 100% of fees paid by families go directly to the aide.

Class Size: All classes require a minimum of 8 children to run. The maximum is set by the instructor, on a per class basis.

Wait List: If a class is full, you can enroll your child on our wait list on the registration page. Registration requests will be processed in the order they are received on the registration page. You may pay in advance or select 'pay later'.  All efforts will be made to place a child in the class, and if they are not accommodated, they will have priority enrollment before the start of registration the next session that class is held. 

Class Changes/ Late Registrations: Changes are free up until the end of general registration. After general registration is closed, a $25 change fee will apply.  A 10$ late fee is applied to enrollments after the close of general registration.

Cancellations and Refunds: Full refund, less a $25 processing fee, up to the end of general registration. From the end of general registration until the third class, a 50% refund will be given. No refunds given after the third class meeting.  Full refund for classes cancelled due to low enrollment. Refunds processed within 3 weeks and applied to the payment method used for initial registration.

Prorating: Class fees are prorated after the first class meets, a $10 administrative fee applies. To help minimize school day interruptions, same day enrollments are not permitted. Enrollments received on the day a class is scheduled to meet, will start the following week. 

End of Day Dismissal to Darien After School: Darien Public Schools require use of School Dismissal Manager (SDM) for dismissal to our program.  For Instructions click here: School Dismissal Manager Instructions, to login to the School Dismissal Manager Portal, click here: SDM Parent Portal

Pick-up/ Walkers: Pick-up is in person at the end of class. Children are not allowed to walk home from Darien After School programs.

Late Pick-Up: Prompt pick up is greatly appreciated as our site directors have committments after their time with us.  Darien After School may charge parents of children who are picked up late $5 per 10 minutes of late time. Repeated occurrences may result in the student’s removal from the program.

Weather/ School Cancellation: If there is a delayed opening, early dismissal or school cancellation, Darien After School classes will not be held. No make-ups or refunds for weather related cancellations.

Substitutions: When presented with instructor changes or space challenges, we will make every effort to hold class, even if it requires a substitute teacher or adjusting the class activity. We appreciate your understanding and support in advance.

Code of Conduct: To ensure all children enjoy their program, students are expected to abide by school day policies and behave in a non-disruptive manner while participating in Darien After School activities. 

Should a student not abide by the school's code of conduct, we will call parents or guardians. If the behavior continues, the student will skip one class meeting. Upon return, If behavior has not changed, the student will be removed from the program per the discretion of Darien After School instructors or managers.  Refunds are not provided for situations relating to student's behavior.

Cell Phone/ Technology Policy: In order for all students and instructors to enjoy their after school program time, cell phone/ tablet/ personal computer use is not permitted during class time.

Student Allergies: Darien After School, LLC, its officers and associates do not have access to medical information provided by parents to Darien Public Schools or access to medication(s) stored with the school nurse. If your child has an allergy, or other medical concern, you must let us know when registering for a class or event. See Allergies tab above, or click here: Allergy Form for details.

Family Information: Please contact us any time, with any concerns specific to your child (e.g. social/ behavioral, family custodial concerns, or injuries, including those that may not be not specific to their activity with us.)

Concerns: Should you ever have a concern about your child's experience, please contact us at 888.212.3837, or info@darienafterschool.com. We ask that if you want to sit in and observe a class that you reach out to us first. 

Snacks: Due to the number of children with serious food allergies, Darien After School has adopted a no-snack policy at all schools.

Dependent Care Tax Credit: Darien After School classes can be applied toward dependent care tax credits. Our Tax ID is: 46-3043744

Terms and Conditions, Medical Consent and Town of Darien, and Darien Board of Education Acknowledgement and waiver - All registrations require acceptance at registration and prior to participation.

Terms and Conditions:

I/We am/are the parent(s) or Heirs/Assigns or Legal Guardian(s) of __________________ and hereby give permission to him/her to participate in any and all activities for Darien After School, LLC. I/We or Heirs/Assigns or Legal Guardian(s) know that participation in some program activities may result in serious injuries and that safety rules and regulations do not prevent all injuries. I/We or Heirs/Assigns or Legal Guardian(s) do hereby waive, release, absolve, indemnify, and agree to hold harmless Darien After School, LLC, the organizers, sponsors, supervisors, and participants for any claim arising out of injury to my/our child, whether the result of negligence or for any cause, except to the extent and in the amount covered by accident and liability insurance. I/We or Heirs/Assigns or Legal Guardian(s) certify that to the best of our knowledge the applicant is physically able to participate in all programs.

Medical Consent:

I understand that I will be notified in the case of a medical emergency. However, in the event that I cannot be reached, I hereby authorize Darien After School, LLC employees, contractors and/or a currently certified First Aider to give necessary first aid/CPR to my child. I also authorize the person in charge to obtain and consent to, on my behalf, whatever medical diagnosis treatment is deemed necessary or advisable by such person for the well-being of my child.

I understand that Darien After School is not responsible for medical expenses incurred during an emergency.

Acknowledgement and Waiver to Town of Darien and Darien Board of Education

I hereby grant permission for my child to participate in an after school program run by Darien After School, LLC (the “Program”) during the 2017-2018 school year during “Program Hours” including but not limited to, one hour before school starts and/ or one hour after school dismisal. I understand and acknowledge that Darien After School, LLC is fully responsible for all aspects of the Program, and that Darien After School, LLC will be providing care and supervision of all of the students in the Program, including my child, during Program Hours. I understand and acknowledge further that the Darien Board of Education and the Town of Darien are notresponsible for any aspect of the Program, including without limitation the care and supervision of participants in the Program during Program Hours.

Understanding that the Darien Board of Education and the Town of Darien are not responsible for any aspect of the Program including without limitation the care and supervision of participants in the Program during Program Hours, I agree to release and hold harmless the Town of Darien and the Darien Board of Education, their members, agents, officers, employees, representatives and volunteers, from any and all liability, claims, suits, demands, judgments, costs, interest and expense (including attorneys’ fees and costs) for any loss, damage or injury, including that caused by negligence, that may occur during the Program.