Dutchmen Explorers' Club - School Age Care Program

The Dutchmen Explorers’ Club is a place where each child is a cherished and unique member of the team. Each child will be nurtured, kept safe and encouraged to pursue their own interests, develop friendships, independence and confidence. Our goal is to ensure the success of children in our communities by establishing positive relationships, providing educational and recreational activities and offering opportunities for children to share ideas and feel valued. The Dutchmen Explorers’ Club offers the very best care, with lots of age-appropriate activities that help your child grow. Activities range from: field trips, gym time, group games, art projects, reading, math, choice time, toys and more!

DEC Information and Pricing

DEC Registration Site

List of Critical Workers

At a Glance

* Before School Care Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
* After School Care Hours: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
* Enrichment program for Melrose Area Students, Pre-K (age 4) to Fifth Grade
* Full day program on most school vacation days and early dismissal days (6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
* Conveniently located in Melrose Area Elementary School
* Flexible enrollment options, including Before and/or After School Care
* The D.E.C. will be Open regular hours if school is two-hours late
* The D.E.C. will be Open if school is closed. (In most instances)
* The D.E.C. will be Open until 6:00 p.m. if school is released early


Before/After School Full Time (4-5 days/wk)Part Time (1-3 days/wk)Occasional Use Rate
Before School$12.00 per week$9.00 per week$6.00 per day
After School$34.00 per week$24 per week$11 per day
Before & After School$40 per week$29 per week
Non School Days$25 per day

Dutchmen Preschool Camp - Preschool Wrap Around Care Program

Preschool Camp is an option to be at school for a full day. This is not a full-day preschool, but an opportunity for your child to adjust to all day care outside of the preschool program hours. Children attending morning preschool class will transition to Camp after preschool hours and children attending the afternoon preschool class will start the day with Camp.

The Preschool Camp is being offered at the Melrose Area School, during the school year but will not operate on the regular school calendar. We will offer care Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays and some non-school days.

Morning Camp: 8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Afternoon Camp: 11:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Morning or Afternoon Camp for 4-Year-Old Preschoolers: $236 per month
Afternoon Camp for 3-Year-Olds (Mon, Wed, Fri): $140 per monthAfternoon and Morning Camp for 3-Year-Olds (Mon, Wed, Fri afternoon and all day on Tuesday/Thursday): $330 per month

Preschool Camp Registration Site