The Explorers program provides extended wrap-around care primarily for the children enrolled in the school ages three through five years of age. Children of kindergarten age who are former Ruth Washburn students and siblings from three through six years of age of current students are eligible to attend. Children from non-Co-op member families may also utilize the program as space permits with Guaranteed Option at a non-discounted rate. 

The Explorers program is an extension of the preschool program in philosophy and in activities and ratios.  The Explorers day typically consists of:

·               Outdoor Play offered 3x daily
·               Lunch brought from home. Snack is provided for Afternoon Explorers.
·               Rest or nap
·               Circle Time
·               Open Exploration

There are only 15 spaces for Explorers so signing up early and for the whole year is the easiest way to guarantee you will have the space you would like. Sign up for Explorers is available twice per month and is offered to help those families who depend on regularly scheduled care. The Sign-Up form (below) must be completed by the 28th of the month prior to your desired start date (i.e. if you would like to begin in October, submit this form by September 28th).  To sign up for some time in the second half of a month, you can complete the form and turn it in by the 14th of the month. There will be no daily sign up for the 2017/2018 school year. To begin the Guaranteed Option in September, submit the form to the office by August 1st.  Each month thereafter, monthly charges will be added to your account.  You will be billed in advance on the first of each month.  If you need to make changes to your child’s schedule, please do so by the 28th of the month for the following month (i.e. if you need to make changes to March’s schedule, please do so by February 28th).  Reminder:  Refunds will not be given for missed days-you are responsible for payment for your child’s scheduled time in Explorers including illness-related absences or school-wide snow days.  You will not be billed for pre-scheduled school closures.

Explorers Fees
The Rate for Explorers Guaranteed Option is $3.85 for each half hour or portion of a half hour.

Non-current Ruth Washburn families will pay $12 per hour or portion of an hour on a space-available basis.

Lunches for Explorers
Parents are required to send their child with a lunch if they will be in Explorers during meal time.  Lunches sent for the Explorers program should be sent in non-breakable containers with each item, including the containers, and bag clearly labeled with the child’s name.  Children need a well-balanced meal containing a variety of foods.  The school has a responsibility to ensure that each child brings a balanced nutritious lunch.  The following guidelines are suggested:

·               Milk – 1 to 1 ½ cups daily, including whole milk, or skim milk.  If juice is substituted, please send 100% fruit juice.

·               Meat or other Protein Foods – 2 to 4 tablespoons daily of lean beef, pork, fish, chicken, egg, seeds, or beans (no nuts allowed).
·               Vegetables and Fruits – a total of 3 servings daily (a serving equals 2 to 4 tablespoons cooked, 2 to 4 tablespoons raw)
·               Breads and Cereals – 2 to 3 servings daily of whole grain bread, rice, macaroni, noodles or cereals.

   One third of the daily allowance of each food group should be included in the lunches brought to the Afternoon Explorers Program. Candy, Soda, fried chips and other snacks with sugar as a main ingredient will be put back in the child’s backpack to enjoy at home.  Again, remember that no peanuts or tree nuts are allowed at RW.

* 1. Child's Full Name

* 2. Child's Date of Birth

* 3. Parent/Guardian Full Name

* 4. I understand I will be responsible for all scheduled charges during the month and that hours are billed in half-hourly increments.

* 5. I have read the lunch guidelines above and agree to provide my child with an appropriate lunch.

* 6. Which month(s) would you like to sign up for? If you would like to sign up for the same schedule for the entire year, please check Full Remaining School year.

* 7. Which days/times would you like to sign up for?  Please check all times you need care. Billing will be done at the beginning of the month and at the 15th of the month in advance of utilizing Explorers. The rate for Explorers is $3.85 per half hour or $7.70 per hour. Children picked up later than their scheduled time will be charged $4.40 per half hour for the first half hour and then a $10 late fee. Children must be picked up by 5 pm as the building closes at that time. After 5 pm you will be charged a lat fee of $10.00. Reminder that Young 3s and Young 4s end at noon, Young 5s ends at 12:30 and all other morning classes end at 11:30.

  11:30-12:00 12:00-12:30 12:30-1:00 1:00-1:30 1:30-2:00 2:00-2:30 2:30-3:00 3:00-3:30 3:30-4:00 4:00-4:30 4:30-5:00

* 8. Morning Explorers is available before class begins on Monday-Wednesday. Young 4s may sign up until 9 am, but all other students should sign up only until 8:30. The rate for Morning Explorers is $3.85 per half hour.

  7:30-8:00 8:00-8:30 8:30-9:00