After School Program

Students can play, run off energy, read quietly in the Library, grab a snack, hang with friends, or start on homework before and after school at Emerson. It’s available daily and students can simply drop in—no need to pre-register or pre-pay.

Your child’s well-being is paramount to our caring and dedicated staff. The After School Program is fully licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services and follows all of its rules and guidelines.

+ 2023-2024 After School Program Parent Guide
+ Middle School After Care Program

For any additional questions, please contact our Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs Director, Carly Meloche at or call 734-660-5108.


Lower School
Students in the Morning Child Care program have the option of reading, drawing, coloring, doing homework, spending time with friends, or playing games in the Library or Gym. Y5-2nd graders meet in the Library, and 3rd-5th graders meet in the Gym and Commons area. Morning care is supervised by Emerson teachers and After School Program staff members. All students in the building prior to 8:20am must sign in to Morning Child Care and will be billed at the rate of $9 per day at the end of each month.

Middle School
Morning Child Care is not offered for Middle School students.  The building opens at 7:30am and when Middle School students enter the building, they are welcome to stay in the Middle School hallway preparing for the day.


When school dismisses, students who plan on staying after school must sign into the After School Program. Y5-2nd graders go to the Library, 3rd-5th graders go to the Commons, and middle school students go to Room 219. We provide a snack, outside play time, and quiet spaces for homework and studying.

Young Fives through 5th Grade
Any and all Y5-4th grade students who are not picked up curbside by 3:10pm will be signed in to the After School Program. Any and all 5th grade students who are not picked up curbside by 3:30pm will be signed in to the After School Program. Students in the After School Program will sign in with an After School Program staff member at their grade divison’s designated location (the Library for Y5-2nd graders and the Commons for 3rd-5th graders). Upon signing into the After School Program, students will be given a pre-packaged snack and spend time outside on Emerson’s playground. When students are brought indoors, they will have games, toys, arts, crafts, and ample opportunities for creative and self directed play available to them. In addition, After School Program staff members may lead planned activities each week. These are optional but open to all students interested in participating.

6th Grade through 8th Grade
Any and all middle school students who are not picked up curbside by 3:30pm must sign in to the After School Program. Middle school students must sign in with an After School Program staff member in Room 219. Middle schoolers have three options for how they may spend their time in aftercare: socializing with friends in Room 219, doing homework in the Library, or playing outside on the playground. Middle school students may use their phones or smart watches until 3:30pm. Then, all devices must be put away for the remainder of their time in aftercare. Personal computers may be used in the Library for homework only and with a permission slip from a teacher. If Middle school students stay after school for a practice or activity and are not picked up promptly at the end of this sport or activity, they must sign in to the After School Program and will be charged for that time spent. Please refer to our Middle School After Care Program guide for more details.


Music Lessons
Students can receive outstanding private music lessons right here at Emerson. Lessons are offered daily by private music instructors who teach guitar, violin, piano, trombone, flute, percussion, voice, cello, and more.
Private lessons are broken down into two sessions each school year: September through December and January through May. Lessons are once a week for 30 minutes. Fees for music lessons will be billed to your student account at the end of each session at the rate of $40 per 30 minute lesson. Contact Carly Meloche, Director of Auxiliary and Summer Programs, at for available lesson times.

Enrichment Classes
This is where students can pursue their passions or discover new ones. The After School Program offers a wide variety of optional after school enrichment classes, such as chess, art, cooking, podcasting, dance, and much more. The school year is divided into three enrichment class sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring), and classes vary according to each session. Class brochures are sent out via email 1-2 weeks before each session begins, and registration occurs at this time. Fees for enrichment classes will be billed to your student account at the beginning of each session. Contact Catherine Audette, Associate Director of Auxiliary and Summer Programs, at for more information.