After School Program and Wheeler Summer


Wheeler’s After School Program provides Wheeler and Hamilton Lower School students with a meaningful and dynamic extension of their school day in a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment. The program philosophy is one that is both structured and play-based, able to meet the needs of anyone in our community. This socially, intellectually-stimulating, and well-supervised experience supports learning opportunities, new friendships, and social development in a vibrant and lively environment.

Options for Families

There are two options that families can choose from: Traditional After School Care, otherwise known as WOW, and Enrichment Programs. Each option has daily offerings, flexibility, and its own fee structure. Both options begin at the end of your child’s school day and conclude around 4:30pm. For families who need to extend their student’s day to 5:30pm, we offer the Extended Care Option. A daily snack is provided upon arrival to all students.

Our fall, winter, and spring trimesters align with the Wheeler and Hamilton Lower School academic calendar so that we offer an after school option every day school is in session.  

Additional care is also offered on some days when school is not in session, such as Conference Care Days and Faculty Professional Days. You will find more detailed information in the drop-down menu below.

Contact us

Main Reception: (401) 421-8100

Auxiliary Programs Staff:

After School Program

Below are details about the various After School options available during the school year, as well as information about Wheeler Summer, which is a popular option during the summer months.

WOW is our traditional after school care option. WOW includes a snack and programming with two convenient pick-up times (4:10-4:30pm) and (5:10-5:30pm).

Care until 4:30pm costs $25/day, Care until 5:30 costs $35/day.

Any family that needs care on select days can register for drop in care in advance or the day of by NOON. This policy helps us ensure we have an accurate roster ready by the end of the school day to ensure the safety and whereabouts of all students. Please email us at regarding drop in care.

Students registered for the WOW program will participate in a variety of crafts, games, and sports that are age-appropriate and tailored to the interest of the students, all taking place in a nurturing and safe environment.

Along with a variety of hands-on indoor games and activities, your child will also experience a daily, staff-supervised outdoor playtime (weather permitting).

You can sign up for WOW through our registration portal.

Our organized, curriculum-based elective classes deeply engage students in a variety of age-appropriate subjects, skills, and interests. Enrichment programs operate from 3:15- 4pm, and this option includes care starting at the end of the school day until 4:30pm.

Families who need to extend their student’s day beyond 4:30pm may choose to register for the Extended Care Option and enjoy the remainder of WOW After School Care programming until 5:30pm. The extended care option costs $10/day.

Program offerings may differ for each term (fall, winter, and spring), so please refer to the Enrichment offering list for that term as it will include current pricing, classes, and schedules.

We want to make note one of our enrichment options: private music lessons. Your child may participate in a private, one-on-one lesson in drums or piano. These lessons are taught by qualified local music instructors. Music lessons are scheduled based on the availability of the instructor and are typically a half-hour in length. Like our other enrichment classes, this option includes WOW After Care. Longer lessons may be offered upon request.

You can sign up for Enrichment through our registration portal.

Our After School Program is staffed by an amazing team of teachers, students, alumni, and college and community members.

The bundle option offers a discounted rate towards daily WOW After School Care for the entire school year. Please note that this option is only available for selection between receipt of your enrollment contract and May 1. This allows us to anticipate enrollment and staffing needs for the WOW After School Care program.

Should your After Care needs change after that time, you will still be able to sign up for any days you choose, but at the regular price of the program.

Please note that the bundle includes daily WOW After Care only; additional enrichment programs will be priced separately.

Private music lessons are not included in the bundle program.

If you have any questions, please reach out to After School and Enrichment Program Coordinator Janelle Ickes.

The Auxiliary Programs team will offer care on the following conference and professional days when school is not in session. All programs will be offered from 7:30am–4pm and cost $65/day. We also offer a $10/day multi-child discount.

You can sign up through our registration portal.

Conference Care Days
  • Friday, Oct. 27: Nursery to 5th grade
  • Friday, Feb. 2: Nursery/Pre-K
  • Friday, April 26: Nursery to 5th grade
Professional Days
  • Monday, Nov. 27: Nursery to 5th grade
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20: Nursery to 5th grade

Wheeler Summer takes place on our beautiful Wheeler Farm campus in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Transportation from Providence is available.

Please visit our Wheeler Summer website for more information.