Before and After School Program

The Enchanted Forest is the school care program at Swift River School. EF is a great place for your child to have safe, supervised time before and after school to relax, complete homework and engage in physical activity.  At the Enchanted Forest we seek a healthy balance between play, continued learning and enrichment activities.  

The afternoon program is especially geared to encourage physical activity outside or in the gym to re-energize the children after a day in school.  We offer many special activities throughout the year including dance classes, cooking, puppetry, nature exploration and study, sports clinics, art activities, gardening and many others. A healthy snack is included in the fee.

The morning program provides a quiet, peaceful start for the children’s school day and includes such activities as reading (both silent and read aloud), puzzles, simple art activities.

Children must be registered at EF before they come to the program. Click here to download and print a registration form.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM $10.00/day
Wednesday and early dismissal days 1:10 PM - 5:30 PM $20.00/day
Mornings 7:20 AM - 8:20 AM $5.00/day

Sibling Discount: Each child after the first will be discounted 10%.
Drop-In Rate: $6.00 per hour on a space and staff availability basis.Please call ahead to be sure there is space for your child in the afternoon program. Payment is due on day of attendance.

Payment: Invoices and statements will be sent home at the end of each month. Payment is due by the 15th of the following month. Once you have signed up for specific times and days, you will be informed of your weekly fee. Checks should be made payable to Swift River School. Children may be excluded from the Enchanted Forest if payments are five weeks or more in arrears. No refunds are given for prepaid special activities.

Closing Time: We close promptly at 5:30 PM. If you are late picking up your child, the Enchanted Forest charges $1.00 per minute for every minute after 5:35 PM. Repeated late pick-ups may result in exclusion of your child from the Enchanted Forest.

Sick Days or Other Unscheduled Changes: If your child is scheduled to attend the Enchanted Forest, you will be billed and are expected to pay for days that your child cannot attend due to illness or to a temporary change of plans. Consideration will be given if your child is ill for an extended period of time. Please contact Betsy Bergantino.

Snow Days or Other School Closures (including delayed openings): Enchanted Forest is closed when the school is closed, and we do not charge for those times.

Parent/Teacher Conference Days: Enchanted Forest will be open from 1:10 PM. to 5:30 PM.

Snacks & Breakfast: The Enchanted Forest provides a basic, healthy after-school snack. However, we do not provide breakfast. School breakfast is available at 8:20 AM in the cafeteria.

Morning Program: The morning EF program will be open only if students are registered to attend. To register your child for the morning program complete the attached registration form and return by August 26th.

Sign In/Sign Out: An adult must come into EF to drop off or pick up your child. That adult should sign the child in with the time of drop off (in the morning) or sign the child out with the time of pick-up (in the afternoon).

Homework: The Enchanted Forest provides time in the afternoon program each day for children to do homework or read. Children who do not have homework are expected to read or look at books during the 20 minute homework period. If you prefer that your child not do homework during Enchanted Forest, please send a note with that information. Your child will then be expected to read during that time.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for income-eligible families. Please make sure you have returned a completed free/reduced lunch application in order to be eligible for a scholarship. You must request a scholarship directly from the Director; this request must be made each year.

Betsy Bergantino, Director of the Enchanted Forest
978-544-6926, ext. 206