Open Hearth After School Kids

at Waitsfield Elementary School

Open Hearth After School Kids is in its 14th successful year of

providing care, support, and enrichment to the children of the Mad River Valley.

In 2021-2022, OHASK will be offering our regular after school program, serving kindergarten through 6th grade students from 2:30 - 5:30 daily. Additionally, we are offering a program for 3 - 5 year olds (preschool students) from 12:30 - 2:30 or 12:30 - 5:30 T/Th/F and 2:30 - 5:30 on M/ W, matching the Waitsfield preschool program schedule.

** OHASK K-6 has postponed programming due to staffing shortage. Please read update from OHASK Steering Committee and Direcor below!

Tuition for the 2021-2022 year will be $20/day ($40/day for the 12:30 - 5:30 pk program) .

Masks will be required at all times when not outdoors and when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. We will follow state guidance regarding all other COVID-19 safety measures. To meet these needs we will be outside as much as possible, rain or shine.

If WES or the program is forced to close temporarily due to COVID, parents will be responsible for payment of tuition for up to two weeks. If we're forced to remain closed longer than two weeks, the program will close temporarily and tuition will not be required. We will work diligently to notify families as soon as possible of any anticipated closures.

The link to our registration forms is below. If you previously registered in September, you do NOT need to complete the forms again. Simply email Andreea at OHASKprogram@gmail.com to confirm enrollment and the days you'd like to attend.

To Register:

Pre-K : OHASK PK Registration Form

K-6 : OHASK K-6 Registration Form

You must receive an email from Andreea at OHASKprogram@gmail.com confirming you have a spot prior to attending.

To pay online, you will need a VEEM account. Directions for setting up a VEEM account


Good Morning,

The opening of the Open Hearth After School Kids (OHASK) kindergarten - 6th grade program will be delayed until Monday, October 4, 2021. We are aware of the significant impact this delayed opening has on families and deeply regret it. Unfortunately, like so many other businesses and childcares, we simply do not have the staff to open at this time. We anticipate that we will be able to open in early October. Should we find this is not the case, we will communicate that with two weeks notice.

OHASK has been faithfully serving the students of Waitsfield and Fayston since 2009. We are committed to meeting the needs of our community. Please know we are doing all we can to get our program up and running to continue supporting our youth and families.

The OHASK preschool program, serving students in our pk3 and pk4 population, will open as planned on Thursday, August 26th.

When our program opens in October, your child will be on our wait list. Program registration is based on a first come, first served basis using the online registration form. We will contact you when an opening for your child becomes available.


OHASK Director Andreea Briere

Erika, Weir, Kaiya Korb and the OHASK Steering Committee

Expectations of the Program

    • We offer STEM based enrichment activities such as science, engineering, and tinkering, along with creative arts, outdoor exploration, active games and recreation. We also sponsor guest presentations throughout the year.

    • We provide children opportunities to spend time with friends and enjoy activities that are age-appropriate.

    • We offer a safe and comfortable environment where children will learn and build confidence, self esteem, character and social skills.

    • We facilitate open communication regularly with families and and the school communities.

Progam Mission

The mission of OHASK is to establish an independent, quality non-profit program that creates a safe, stimulating and responsive environment for students from Waitsfield, Fayston and beyond. OHASK will strive to accomplish this goal by attracting and supporting quality trained staff and by engaging families and the larger community in its programming and goals.

Value Statements

    • We value supporting children to realize their leadership, independent and creative qualities.

    • We value creating a responsive environment that celebrates each other's differences, similarities and individual contributions.

    • We value structured time for students to complete homework assignments in a supportive setting with trained staff.

    • We value supporting an educated and trained staff by striving to provide appropriate and adequate compensation.

    • We value family and community participation that enriches our program, whether it is by contributing personal skills and talents, supervising students or one-on-one tutoring.

    • We value engaged communication between the school and family community.

    • We value children participating in the curriculum development and planning processes based on a responsive classroom model to help them become invested, self-motivated learners.

    • We value creating an engaged relationship between the community and school