Columbia Association offers the following Before and After School Care Programs:
- A.M. Program
- P.M. Program
- School’s Closed Programs.
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Before and After School Care registration for families with currently enrolled students
Information on how to register for the new school year was emailed to you in March. If you have not received the information, please contact us at SAS@ColumbiaAssociation.org
Before and After School Care registration for new families
Please note: All original dates of registration have been changed and, until further notice, paperwork will have to be submitted by mail only. Please check back here before the start of registration for any updates to the registration timeline.
You will then receive an emailed survey that must be completed to finalize your Space Reservation Request. This survey will help us ensure that we are holding a spot in the right program and can help us, clear people, off the waitlist.
Once you have completed the survey, space will be held for you until we receive your completed paperwork, which must be submitted via US Mail (as our office is closed until further notice due to coronavirus), along with a $50/per child registration fee to Columbia Association, Attention: School Age Services, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia, MD 21046. It must be received within two weeks of completion of your registration date or the space will be released.
Due to the paperwork required by the Maryland State Department of Education, our ability to register online is limited. Space in our programs is extremely limited in some schools.
For current CA members: You are already in the system and will access the appointment scheduler using that membership.
If you do not already have online credentials, or if your child is not on your membership, please contact us by Thursday, May 28 at SAS@ColumbiaAssociation.org and we will set you up with credentials — and if needed, we will add your child to your account.
If you have been a member in the past, have visited a CA facility for a class, had a birthday party for your child at a CA facility, had a child in before and after school care with us in a previous (not current) school year or attended a CA summer camp program, you should already be in the system. Please contact us by noon on Thursday, May 28 at SAS@ColumbiaAssociation.org and we can check to see if you are in the system.
For those of you who DO NOT meet any of the criteria above, who are new to the Before and After School Care Program: You will need to set up a guest account.
Click here for instructions on how to create a guest account. You can do this at any time, but it should be completed by Thursday, May 28.
Each location will have enough appointment slots for the number of open mornings and aftercare spaces. Once these slots are filled, we will have a waitlist available. If you are on the waitlist you may mail in the required registration paperwork at any time. Unfortunately, we do not know how many spaces will open up if you are waitlisted.
Serving the all-day Pre-K 4-year old programs at the following schools only— Children must be potty-trained to participate in these programs.
2020-2021 Payment Options Form will be available at a later date
The following options can be used to make a payment for Before and After School Care:
Secure Online Payment Options Form will be available at a later date
For the annual and biannual options: The payment will be processed when it is received, it will not be held until July 30, 2020. If you would like to pay by check, a paper form is available upon request.
Payments by credit card and changes to automated monthly payments can only be made through the Secure Online Payment Options Form.
For Option 5, payments can be made in one of the following ways:
Columbia Association SAS
6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Payments should be mailed with enough time to allow for mail delays, payment must be received by the fifth day of the month.
When schools are scheduled for early closing, a program is provided for children enrolled in the after-school program at the child’s regular program site from the time school ends until the normal closing time of 6pm. There is no extra charge for these extra hours of care. When school is closed early due to an emergency, inclement weather or mechanical failure, our programs will not operate. No credits or adjustments for unused time will be given.
Printable Important Dates to Remember List
EARLY CLOSING DATES:
|Friday||November 1, 2019|
|Monday and Tuesday||November 25 and 26, 2019|
|Thursday||February 13, 2020|
|Friday||April 3, 2020|
|Friday||May 15, 2020|
|Thursday and Friday||June 11 and 12, 2020*|
|Monday||June 15, 2020*|
Please note: For Friday, February 14 aftercare will be closed for mandatory staff training.
*Date subject to change based on snow day make-up.
When Howard County public schools are closed due to inclement weather, Before and After School programs are canceled. When school closes early due to an emergency, inclement weather or mechanical failure, the after school program is canceled. When school opening is delayed, the morning program will be delayed by the same amount of time. For notifications related to Before and After School programs, please visit the Howard County Public School System website,
According to our licensing regulations, we are required to “include outdoor play in the morning and afternoon except that outdoor need not be included when the weather is inclement” (COMAR 13A.16.09)
Outdoor play is temperature and water-dependent – there will be no outdoor play if there is rain or sleet; there can be limited play during a light snowfall, provided temperature conditions permit.
Parents, on cold weather days, PLEASE see that your child has a hat and gloves every day, as our licensing requirements state that we will take children outside as stated below.
For a complete listing of open facilities and new guidelines, click here.
Click here to view our Reopening Playbook: A New Way to Play to learn how CA has prepared for your safe return and what you can do to keep yourself and our community healthy.
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