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until 6pm

ABOUT Dandelion Aftercare

We believe young people need more time, space, resources, and support to explore their interests and passions. Dandelion Aftercare provides these kinds of opportunities during after school hours. Kids from local elementary schools as well as homeschools are invited!


Rooted in care for ourselves, each other, and our environment, we focus on community building, creativity, and curiosity. Each day, we invite young people into fun experiences, activities, and trips in the neighborhood, and they receive a nourishing snack.

Our offerings will be driven by the wants and needs of the young people in our program. Some examples of the kinds of offerings we may have each day include:

  • Baking and cooking projects

  • Arts and crafts makerspace

  • Dramatic play

  • Movement and dance

  • Indoor and outdoor games

  • Walks around the neighborhood to visit parks or other establishments

  • Whatever kids dream up!

24-25 Aftercare

Program Details

Two Day Option: Tuesdays + Thursdays

Three Day Option: Mondays + Wednesdays + Fridays

Five Day Option: Monday-Friday

Program invoiced monthly at $37/day ($63 for early school pick up days)

South philly school pickups

Dandelion Aftercare offers free pick ups from: 

  • Coppin Elementary

  • Southwark Elementary

  • Kirkbride Elementary

  • Vare-Washington Elementary

  • If you are from a different South Philly school and are interested, reach out!

DISTRICT Early Dismissals + Closures

When the School District of Philadelphia has an early dismissal, our staff picks up young people from school at their dismissal time. When the School District of Philadelphia has off from school, or an uplanned weather or emergency closure, we will NOT host Dandelion Aftercare. 

24-25 Dates + Rates

The daily rate for aftercare is $37 ($63 for half day pick up). Enrollees are billed monthly according to the number of aftercare days in that month. Families are not charged for holidays.


  • Aftercare runs Monday-Friday until 6pm. Families can choose 2, 3, or 5 day options

  • First Day of Aftercare is Monday, August 26, 2024

  • Last Aftercare day is Thursday, June 12, 2025.

  • To register, pay the first month's invoice. We'll invoice you monthly after that.

    • District Half Day EARLY PICK UPS:  9/27, 11/27, 12/13, 1/30, 1/31, 2/7, 3/7, 3/27, 3/28, 5/9, 6/11, 6/12

    • NO AFTERCARE on district days off: 9/2, 10/3, 11/5, 11/15, 11/28, 11/29, 12/23-1/3, 1/20, 1/29, 2/17, 3/31, 4/14-4/18, 5/20, 5/26, 6/6


To register for the 24-25 academic year, complete the Enrollment Form.

We'll send you the first month's invoice, and enrollment will be confirmed once payment is received. Please reach out with any questions.

Billing + CANCELLATION policy

We bill Aftercare on a monthly basis based on the number of scheduled days in a given month, including any early pickups. We do not prorate or discount monthly tuition for vacation or sick leave because consistent income allows us to fund our program and adequately pay our staff. Families can cancel their Aftercare enrollment for any reason, and we kindly request 30 days notice when ending your Aftercare agreement. Please reach out with any extenuating circumstances. 

COVID-19 Policy 

We believe that Covid-19 pandemic is still occuring, and we will monitor community spread and respond with updated policy as needed to keep our community as safe as possible. As of June 5, 2023, all programs from The Dandelion Project are mask optional. If young people have mild symptoms (runny nose, cough, etc.) that do not prevent them from participating in the program, we'll ask them to mask until symptoms resolve. We may need to change our policy throughout the year as new information becomes available.


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