Rec Kids is a STARS accredited, Licensed Childcare program that provides quality afterschool care for students in the Essex Westford School District (Hiawatha, Summit, Fleming, Essex Elementary, Founders, and Westford). The program runs from school dismissal- 6 pm throughout the school year. Children will engage in a variety of fun, enriching, and engaging activities such as; sports, group games, field trips, homework support, and time to unwind at the end of the school day. A nutritious snack is provided each day as well. Financial assistance is available to qualified families through Childcare Resource, 863-3367.

REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR: All registration inquiries for the current school year must be sent to Please include your child’s name, grade, the school that they attend, and which days you would like to register for in this email. A representative from Essex Rec will follow up with options depending on availability. 

REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR: Registration for new families for the 2021-2022 school year begins Wednesday, April 28 2021 at 8:00 am. Online registration only. The link to the online “Request for Registration” form will be available on this page and the home page of at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 28.  Please complete the online request form and submit- forms will be collected in the order they are received electronically. Submitting the form DOES NOT guarantee registration. 

A representative from EJRP will be calling you at some point on April 28 (or the day you submit your form if it is after that date) to inform you of your registration status. If we are able to enroll your child, the $40 registration fee will be due at the time of the phone call and can be paid with a credit card over the phone. If we are unable to register your child due to a lack of availability, we will not take the $40 payment to be put on a waitlist. Children who attend fewer than 5-days per week must maintain a consistent schedule for the days of the week that they participate. For more information about Rec Kids, call 878-1376 or email

DATE: Monday–Friday, 2021-2022 school year calendar
TIME: School Dismissal–6pm
NOTE: There is a $40 per child, non-refundable registration fee required at the time of registration. This fee is not covered by Childcare Resource.

Rec Kids 2021-2022 Fees

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Early Dismissal Rate: $3.50/child

Sibling Discount: For families with more than one child, each additional child will receive a $2.00/day discount.

Early Dismissal Rate: For any student registered on the day where EWSD has an early dismissal, there is an additional $3.50 fee. 

Rec Kids Family Handbook