When parents work or have to be somewhere before school starts, they want a place they can take their child that is safe and fun and that helps start the day on a positive note. Likewise, parents want the security and peace of mind knowing their child is safe after school. When school schedules and parent schedules just don’t match, the Forest Hills Public Schools offer a fee-based, before- and after-school child care program.
Our before- and after-school care programs are housed in all of the district’s elementary school buildings, including Ada Vista Elementary School. We also offer a before- and after-school care program for our 5th and 6th grade students at Central Woodlands 5/6 and Northern Trails 5/6 schools. All before- and after-school care programs run from 6:45 a.m. to the time that the school starts, and from the time school ends until 6:15 p.m.
Answers to frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
Before-school care is $11 per day and breakfast is included. After-school care also is $11 per day and a snack is included. There is a 10 percent discount applied for five-day scheduling. Before- and after-school care combined cost for one child per day is $19.80 reflecting a built in 10 percent discount.
What about days when there is no school? Is there anything available for my child?
The FHPS Child Care Program is for children attending kindergarten through sixth grade. If your child is enrolled in the before- and after-school care program then they may automatically attend the Forest Hills Public Schools’ Child Care Program on inclement weather days housed at Central Woodlands and Northern Trails. If your child is enrolled in the before- and after-school program, parents/guardians may register their child to attend the Child Care Program at Central Woodlands during winter, midwinter and spring breaks; when school is closed for staff professional learning days and much more. Please note, that the FHPS Child Care programs are not in session on district observed holidays.
Registration in any child care program guarantees full day child care if needed, on non-school days. Please call the Child Care Office, (616) 493-8787 for current fees, availability, and additional information. A $40 annual registration fee will be applied to your first invoice.
If my child is enrolled in the before- and after-school care program, what is available during the summer months?
The Forest Hills Public School District offers full or half day Summer Day Camps, which allows for flexible scheduling. There is a three full-day or three half-day minimum enrollment requirement for each week you choose to enroll. You may enroll for any number of weeks during the summer. Qualified staff group children by grade. Activities and field trips abound in this fun-filled summer program. If this is of interest to you, you must enroll your child separately in the Summer Day Camp Program.
How do I enroll in the before- and after-school care program?
To enroll your child today, you may use the online application process or contact the Child Care Office at (616) 493-8787
Where do I go for more information?
If you have questions about the Child Care programs, before- and after-school care, and the FHPS preschool programs, please call the Child Care Office at (616) 493-8787