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!


* 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 most school vacation days and early dismissal days (6:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.)
* Full day program during the summer
* 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

Before School

After School

Before & After School

Non School Days

D.E.C. Summer

Full Time (4-5 days/wk)

$12 per week

$34 per week

$40 per week

$25 per day

Full Time (4-5 days/wk)

$105 per week

Part Time (1-3 days/wk)

$9 per week

$24 per week

$29 per week

Part Time (1-3 days/wk)

$65 per week

Occasional Use Rate

$6per day

$11 per day

Occasional Drop In

$25 per day


Preschool Wrap-Around 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 Wrap-Around is being offered at the Melrose Area School, during the school year on school days. We will offer care Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays and some non-school days.

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

Preschool Wrap-Around Registration


4-5 Yrs/ 5 half days

$236 per month

3-4 Yrs/3 half days

$140 per month

3-4 Yrs/3 half days, 2 full days

$330 per month