Extended Day

three girls posing in front of a playground.
girls sitting at a white table doing her homework.
three boys staring down reading a book outside on a bench.

Fun, friends, homework. It all happens here.

Managing childcare can be challenging, but Extended Day is here to help.

Extended Day is More Than Care

Children will have time each day to complete homework, read, and participate in a variety of activities. Extended Day is a fun, safe, and caring environment for children provided by staff who demonstrate enthusiasm, warmth and respect for our students. 

Extended Day is offered for students in PreK – 6th grade from dismissal time to 6:00 p.m. each school day. Additionally, we offer all-day care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) on most parent-teacher conference days and most faculty workdays. 

Looking to enhance your child’s after-school journey with engaging activities? Don’t miss the chance to explore the diverse offerings at Parish Extend! We offer after-school classes through Explorations, Private Music Lessons, Dance Academy, Athletic Academy and The Academy.

Fall 2023 Hillcrest Themes

Under the Sea Mondays

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.

Silly Science Tuesdays

Each Tuesday 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.

Around the World Wednesdays

Each Wednesday 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.

STEM Creation Thursdays

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 Fridays

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 Day Team

Darlene Jennings

Darlene Jennings was born in Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. She is a Parish alumni parent. Her daughter Abby started at Parish in Pre-K and graduated in 2014.  Darlene has worked at Parish for over 20 years in kindergarten and first grade. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter who lives in Houston.It is a joy and privilege to work in this amazing place!!”

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

Molly Muether

Molly grew up in Indiana and moved to Texas in 1992. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.A. in English. Molly enjoys reading,  gardening and hanging out with her husband and dog.  

Renee Estrada

Renee Estrada was born and raised in Dallas. She has five children and six grandchildren. She loves being with the students and watching them learn and grow with new experiences. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, fur babies, and lake getaways with her husband. 

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

Savannah Puebla

Savannah was born and raised in Dallas. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Texas and plans to work in the child psychology field. Savannah became a Sunday School teacher while in high school and became more involved in the Children’s Ministry after graduation. When she is not serving at church, Savannah enjoys going to boba shops and hanging out with her family and friends.

Susan Lee

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 Day FAQs

What are your Extended Day hours?

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

How do I register for Extended Day?

You may register for Extended Day through the Parish Extend registration site. Extended Day is offered the following ways: all days, by the day of the week, or individual days. Extended Day reservations are non-refundable, but the credit may be transferred to another date.

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?

Families will be charged a $2 per minute late fee if arriving after the designated pick-up time. If there are more than 5 occurrences, the fee is $5 per minute. After the 10th late pick up, the student will not be able to stay after school.

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 Day 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 Day?

We supervise snack time, oversee homework and then allow time for play. Those participating in Extended Day 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 days?

We offer care during most Conference and Faculty & Staff Professional Development 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 Day as well?

If you are registering for an Exploration class and need care beyond that class time, please also register for Extended Day 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 Day 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 day or discounts, please email Extend@Parish.org.

What is your inclement weather policy?

If inclement weather impacts Extended Day, we will make every effort to make a cancellation decision in a timely manner. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the primary and secondary contact on the student account. If the school announces closure which includes Extend programs, we will not provide additional notification. If a class must be cancelled for weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we will not refund class fees for missed sessions.

How will you handle snacks?

  • Hillcrest – Those participating in Extended Day 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 Day 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 Day 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.

What is your refund policy?

Fees paid for Extended Day by-the-day, All Day Care and Early Release Care are not refundable. Fees paid for All School Days, or Day of the Week Extended Day are transferable but not refundable.

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