Extended Care

Fun, friends, homework. It all happens here.

Managing childcare can be challenging, but Parish Extend’s Extended Care is here to help.

Extended Care is more than care

We feature day-of-the-week thematic programming, exposing students to a variety of activities and subjects. Activities include games, crafts, experiments and fun, all following a daily theme. Extended Care is offered for students in PreK-6th grade from dismissal time to 6:00 p.m. each school day. Additionally, we offer all-day (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) care on parent-teacher conference days and most faculty workdays.

Interested in supplementing your child’s after-school experience with dynamic programs? Make sure to check out Parish Extend’s after-school Explorations, Private Music Lessons, Dance Academy and the Athletic Academy.

Fall 2022 Hillcrest Themes

Under the Sea

Each Monday in Extended Care, students will learn about how unique our planet is by taking a deep dive under the sea. We will make sand art, a coral reef diorama, jellyfish and craft a fish weaving display wall.  All activities, crafts and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff. 

Around the World

Each Tuesday in Extended Care, students will travel around the world exploring the customs, cultures and languages of our beautiful, diverse world. Students will create masks, Egyptian collar, an Eiffel Tower, and delve into the celebrations and holidays that various countries celebrate. All activities, crafts and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff. 

Silly Science

Each Wednesday in Extended Care, students will experiment with exploding milk, invisible ink, racing water and other zany STEM activities. All activities, projects and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff.  

STEM Creation

Each Thursday, students will build and create, using Legos, Marble Madness, Hot Wheels, blocks and tiles.  What a fun way to learn more about counting, measuring, speed, and distance! All activities, projects and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff. 

Amazing Art

Each Friday, Extended Care students will create their own art and will be able to let their imagination go wild! They will create masterpieces using crayon resist, bubble wrap, puff paint and bubbles! All activities, crafts and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff. 

Meet the Extended Care Team

Alejandro Garcia

Alejandro Garcia is an alumnus of Parish Episcopal School. He attended Parish from 6th to 12th grade and graduated in 2020. He was a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams and was also a part of the 2019 state champion football team. He has worked with Parish Extend since Spring 2019 and enjoys entertaining his students in the Parish Extend and Parish Summer programs. He is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a bachelor’s in finance.

Carina Torres

Carina Torres grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University. She has been teaching dance to Parish Episcopal School students since the summer of 2015. Carina enjoys teaching for the Extend Program and working with students in all grade levels. She is still an active performer as a professional dancer and aerialist. In her free time, she enjoys early morning runs and spending time with her friends.

Demetria Hargrove

Demetria Hargrove is currently finishing her B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has worked with a variety of ages ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade and has a long-term goal of becoming a teacher. She loves working with students helping them not only become self-aware but aware of others. As a former behavior interventionist, she values social-emotional learning and is looking forward to building relationships with Parish students and families. In her free time she serves at her church, she enjoys reading, and spending time with her family.

“ I am excited to be a part of the Parish community as the children bring me so much joy with their willingness to learn and serve others.”

Griffin Spradley

Melanie Ware

Melanie Ware is an alumni parent with a number of ties to Parish. Parish holds a special place in her heart as her twin daughters, Lauren and Ashleigh, started at Parish in kindergarten and were part of the first graduating class in 2007. Lauren is now Parish’s Director of Alumni Relations. Melanie cherishes Parish’s close knit, loving community which she credits for keeping her connected. Melanie has worked with the Extend program since Fall 2017. Prior to joining the Extend team, Melanie was an avid volunteer with the Parents’ Association where she worked with students in a variety of capacities, and she currently assists with her church’s Sunday school program. In her free time she enjoys needlepoint, reading, cooking, traveling
and spending time with her children and their spouses.

“The students teach ME! I love watching them grow and mature and feel that I have an opportunity to help nurture them for the few hours that I’m there.”– Melanie Ware

Merci Evans

Merci Evans graduated from Paul Quinn College with a B.S. in Biology. She loves working with kids in Parish Extend and looks forward to engaging in fun activities with the Hillcrest students. She has worked with a variety of ages of children ranging from 10 months to Middle School. Merci’s hobbies include reading, basketball and volunteer work at her church. She is looking forward to a great year!

“I chose to work at Parish because I like the values the school teaches the students, and the values the school is based upon.”– Merci Evans

Riley Coleman

Riley graduated from Parish in 2019 as a Parish “Lifer”. In addition to working with the Extend program, she also serves as a Substitute teacher at both campuses. She is currently finishing her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas and hopes to become a teacher or school counselor. In her spare time, Riley enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her eight dogs.

“My favorite thing about working in Extend is seeing the students everyday and their excitement to see me. I enjoy my time with them! Although I am typically with students in grades 3rd-6th, I love my time with the Hillcrest friends as well.”– Riley Coleman

Rosa Gaona

Rosa Gaona is a Paul Quinn College student who is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts: EC-6. Her experience working with children includes a youth leadership position at her church, substitute teaching and working as a VBS counselor, an opportunity she calls an “absolute blessing.” She believes in Parish’s mission and vision and is enjoying getting to work with the youngest students. Her hobbies include volleyball, coffee tasting and word puzzles.

Susan Lee

Susan Lee is a new addition to the Parish Extend program. Susan is an alumni parent who held many board and volunteer positions during the 10 years her two sons, Austin and Parker, attended Parish Day. She attributes Parish with the great educational foundations that her sons received and have led them to a successful life both professionally and personally. During her tenure at Parish, she served as room mother, auction chairman, and headed up the capital campaign. She has wonderful memories of the excellent teachers and the many dear friendships she made along the way. Prior to joining Extend, Susan was a consultant for The Carlisle Collection, a ladies upscale clothing line from New York, for 25 years. Most recently she was an administrative assistant for Providence Energy, a local oil and gas company. Susan enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters in Houston where her son, Austin is an oil and gas attorney, and with her three grandsons in Rye, New York, where Parker is a merger and acquisitions attorney. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing events for friends and special occasions and is an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. She loves visiting her Old Kentucky Home as much as possible. She is very excited to be part of the Extend program and working with the wonderful children of Parish.

Additional Information

Extended Care FAQs

What are your Extended Care hours?

Extended Care begins at dismissal time until 6:00 p.m. each school day.

How do I register for Extended Care?

You may register for Extended Care through the Parish Extend registration site. Extended care is offered the following ways: all days, by the day of the week, or individual days. If you do not have a Parish Extend account, please create one here.

Please note that your Parish Extend account, login and password are unique to Parish Extend and are not the same as your myPARISH portal login.

What is the late fee policy?

If a child is not picked up by 6:00 p.m. from extended care or at the conclusion of Explorations’ carpool, you will be assessed a late fee according to our late fee scale. Repeated or excessive late arrivals will result in the implementation of an accelerated fee structure which can be viewed below.

1-5 Occurrence(s) 6-10 Occurrences 11+ Occurrences
1-10 minutes late $10 1-10 minutes late $50 1-10 minutes late $100
11-30 minutes late $30 11-30 minutes late $75 11-30 minutes late $125
31-45 minutes late $45 31-45 minutes late $80 31-45 minutes late $150
46-60 minutes late $60 46-60 minutes late $100 46-60 minutes late $175

Who do I contact with schedule changes?

Please email Extend@Parish.org with future schedule changes. If you have a same-day carpool change, please email before 2:00 p.m.

What options do I have for Extended Care enrollment?

To better understand all of your options, please view the detailed pricing sheet. 

Please note, By the Day price increases at 10:00 a.m. each day for day of registration.

What will my child do in Extended Care?

We supervise snack time, oversee homework and then allow time for play. Those participating in Extended Care have a snack included in their registration. Children are welcome to bring snacks from home if they so choose. Please remember that Hillcrest is a nut-free campus. Midway students may bring snacks from home or purchase snacks from the PAWS store after school.

Do you offer payment plans?

We offer payment plans via your Parish Extend account. Follow the prompts in the system to set up your plan.

How do I add the name of someone who may pick up my child?

You can add an authorized adult to pick up your child through your Parish Extend account. They will be required to present their driver’s license upon pickup.

What grade do I select for my Primer child?

Please select Kindergarten for your Primer student’s grade level in your account.

Do you provide care for in-service and early dismissal days?

We offer care during most in-service and early dismissal days. You can sign up for these through your Parish Extend account. View the calendar of Extend Important Dates.

If I register for an Exploration, do I need to register for Extended Care as well?

If you are registering for an Exploration class and need care beyond that class time, please also register for Extended Care for the same day. Please use the following discount codes at checkout that correlate to your desired day: MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI. This will apply a 20% discount to Extended Care for that day. You can use as many codes as apply. If an Exploration is selected for every day of the week, you may use the code EXP for the discount. For questions about extended care or discounts, please email Extend@Parish.org.

What is your inclement weather policy?

If inclement weather occurs during Extended Care or Explorations, the Head of School will make the cancellation decision, and you will be contacted through the Parish communications system with further information.

How will you handle snacks?

  • Hillcrest – Those participating in Extended Care have a snack included in their registration. Children are welcome to bring snacks from home if they so choose. Please remember that Hillcrest is a nut-free campus.
  • Midway – Students may bring snacks from home. At the Midway Campus snacks may also be purchased at the PAWS store which is open daily.

How do I access my forms?

To complete the Registration Form, Homework Completion Form, or student sign out permission, please access your forms. To access your forms view this step by step tutorial.

How do I register by the day?

By-the-day registration can sometimes be a bit tricky. Follow this tutorial, and you’ll be a pro before you know it.

Extended Care by the Day or by the Month is a single session to select, followed by options of specific days or months. Due to this setup, when you sign up initially the session is easy to find. However, when you return later to add more days or months, the session doesn’t appear with the other options. To add additional care, please edit your Extended Care enrollment session listed on your Current Reservations and add the new days or months you need, then proceed to payment and completion.

Questions? View a step by step visual tutorial of this process.

Please note, By the Day price increases at 10:00 a.m. each day for day of registration.

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