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2021-2022 Registration Update

(as of June 9, 2021)

Phase 1 registration, for families whose children were enrolled in Extended Day for the 2020-2021 school year has ended.  All children who were registered during Phase 1 will be enrolled for the upcoming school year.  Families received confirmation of enrollment by June 25, 2021. Phase 2, for all families, concluded June 23rd. Students registered during Phase 2 were included in a lottery and were enrolled until capacity was reached.  Remaining students were placed on a waitlist.

Extended Day is planning to open on the first day of school, August 30, 2021, under normal operating conditions. Please see our Registration Page  for more information.However, COVID-19 restrictions and precautions could affect Extended Day opening and/or capacity. The registration process includes contingencies to address uncertainties due to the pandemic.  For information please see our Registration Page. Extended Day will implement health and safety measures in accordance with guidance from the CDC and VDH, and consistent with procedures followed by APS during the school day. If the guidance is revised, Extended Day will respond accordingly. Mitigation measures include:

  • Universal mask requirement
  • Health screening using the established Qualtrics tool (children and staff are screened before entering the buildings)
  • COVID-19 testing onsite at designated schools (symptomatic and asymptomatic, surveillance testing)
  • COVID-19 response and notification procedures
  • Air quality and ventilation measures
  • Outdoor snack (depending on weather and outdoor space)

Extended Day will maximize the use of space to distance students as much as possible. Maintaining the recommended 3-foot distancing will not be possible on a consistent basis in all classrooms and activities.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the safety and accountability of the children, the start date for children registered after August 16th may be postponed until at least September 13th to prevent supervision challenges due to last minute changes to student rosters and allow for additional staffing needs to be met.  

 Fees for the 2021-2022 School Year are now posted.

2020 Tax Information – as you prepare for filing your 2020 tax returns you can visit our Tax Information section in the Fee Information section.

Contact Us!

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all offices of the Arlington Public Schools are closed.  However, your questions and concerns are important to us.  Please send us an email at extended.day@apsva.us  We will respond to you as soon as possible.


The Extended Day Program, which includes the middle school Check-In programs, plays a critical role in the development of young people’s social, emotional and academic skills, with over 400 child care professionals working daily to meet the individual needs of each child and the expectations of every family.

Extended Day provides a safe, enriching and fun environment before and after school each day for over 4,000 children. It also operates during the summer in conjunction with the APS Summer School Program.

An integral part of the Arlington community, Extended Day supports the educational mission of APS by:

  • Offering daily opportunities for children to participate in asset-building activities and experiences
  • Instilling feelings of value, competence and confidence in each child
  • Building positive relationships with children, families and the communityFamily Account Button
  • Valuing the cultural diversity of the students
  • Providing a high level of customer service to meet the needs of families
  • Hiring and training qualified and experienced staff

The Arlington Public Schools Extended Day programs operate exempt from state licensure, per VA Code. However, the Extended Day programs comply with state licensing standards and are monitored by the Extended Day Central Office, which conducts at least two monitoring visits annually. There is no direct oversight by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Services Provided

The Extended Day Program plays a critical role in the development of young people’s social and academic skills and experiences.  Cognitive and social competencies are enhanced through the building of positive relationships and participation in a wide variety of activities, including games, art, drama, cooking, science, literacy, recreation and other projects and events.  The major services provided include:

  • Before school child care in 23 elementary schools and the Stratford Program (opens at 7 a.m.)
  • After school child care in 23 elementary schools, six middle schools (Gunston, Hamm, Jefferson, Kenmore, Swanson, and Williamsburg) and the Shriver Program (closes at 6 p.m.)
  • Services to meet the individual needs of children
  • Daily asset-building activities and events
  • Daily homework support
  • Child care services for children attending summer school
  • Convenient online services, including registration, payments and access to family account information
  • On-going staff development .

Log in to your Extended Day Family Account