Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Programs

Important Update For Our After School Programs At Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger - Start Date Delayed

Due to COVID-19, and current staffing shortages we have tentatively postponed the start dates for our after school programs at Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger. Therefore, the programs will not begin on Monday, October 25th. At this time, we do not have a projected start date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause you and your family. We have notified the school. Check our website for any updates.

For any questions or concerns contact the Educational Coordinator, Esther Alicea, at 413-313-1355 or Director of Recreation, Paula Thayer, at 413-750-2479. We appreciate your time and patience.

***** Pottenger Afterschool Program Is Full *****

Directions For Completing Afterschool Enrichment Registration (Part 1 and 2)

1. Visit our main page to see registration link which will be available at 9:00 AM on Monday, September 27th 2021.

2. Once you click the registration link please choose “add parent or guardian”, at least one adult must be registered from the family before any children can be registered.

-Select the sessions and the number of children you are registering for each session below.

-This will reserve the number of positions chosen in each session for 10 minutes so you have time to register your entire family. After ten minutes any positions for which you have not registered a child will no longer be reserved and you will not be guaranteed a spot in the respective session. Please do this as quickly as possible as others might be registering at this time. If spots become unavailable in the time it takes you to fill out this form you will be notified and given the opportunity to select different sessions and numbers of spots.

3. To save and move forward, please click “I have read and agree with Terms and Conditions” then click “save parent or guardian”.

4. Note - your child/ren has its selected session reserved for 10 minutes.

5. To move forward please select from the following steps “Add parent or guardian” then, “Add child”, and then “Add pick up agent”.

6. Selecting “add child”

-Select 1 child’s registration site and complete the following information required.

-Then “save child”

7. You must continue this process if you are registering more than 1 child

8. Once “save child” has been selected you will receive an email for each child that has been registered.

-This email will confirm that we have received your child's part 1 Afterschool Enrichment registration.

-Please bear in mind that you must now complete part 2 which can be found in this email. The following information must be completed within the next 3 business days to ensure your child's slot/spot in the Afterschool Enrichment program. If you do not complete it within 3 business days your registration will be incomplete and considered invalid.

9. Please select “Add pick up agent” to add additional pick up options.

10. Please follow the link in the email to complete all and/or any additional required information

-Note – this may take 15-20 minutes to complete.

11. Once you have completed email portion select “submit” to register your child.

12. Visit our After School/Summer page where you will find our Family Handbook, COVID-19 Safety Guide and a COVID-19 Power Point for your review.

13. For questions or concerns, please call the Recreation Office at 413-787-6434 or the Educational Coordinator at 413-313-1355.

Afterschool Enrichment Programs Registered Participant Information

Springfield Recreation Division of the DPBRM Afterschool Programs provide participants with a broad array of fun, safe, hands-on educational and physical activities to support what they are learning during the school day. When students are dismissed at the end of the school day, they can report directly to the Afterschool Program where a nutritious snack and drink are provided.  Enrollment is limited and only students who have registered may attend.  There is no bus transportation.

The Parks and Recreation Division's Afterschool Programs are offered at the following schools:

Elementary School Programs:

DeBerry & Pottenger Elementary School

Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 6:00 p.m.

21st CCLC Bowles Elementary School

Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 6:00 p.m.

Program Description

The Parks and Recreation Division's Afterschool Programs provide homework help as well as project-based learning opportunities. All programs are led by trained staff. Children may participate in a variety of academic enrichment experiences that reinforce the school curriculum, including:

  • Limited homework help
  • Project-based learning experiences hands-on educational projects in English Language Arts
  • The Arts – creative arts that build children’s communication skills, self-esteem and expression
  • Fitness – physical activities in which children expend energy, learn math, explore nutrition, and develop healthy habits and lifestyles
  • Educational games and other small-group learning experiences.

The afterschool programs assist students to build the skills, values and self confidence they need to succeed in school and their daily lives. In order to offer these afterschool programs, sites must meet  school department, state and federal reporting requirements. Throughout the year, periodical assessments are made to better meet the needs of individual children and to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Family Handbook (English, Spanish)

COVID-19 Safety Guide

COVID-19 Power Point

Contact Information

Paula E. Thayer, Director, Afterschool Programs — 750-2479

Esther Alicea, Educational Coordinator — 313-1355 

Afterschool Program Coordinators

Channing Calcasola, 413-355-6229, Bowles Elementary School 21st CCLC

Lena Cisero, 413-313-5457, Pottenger Elementary School

Gabriela Santiago, 413-426-5639, DeBerry Elementary School

Page last updated:  Thursday, September 9, 2021 03:57 pm