Before & After School

The Before and After School Programs at Aidan (BSP and ASP) are designed to provide a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for Primary (BSP & ASP) and Elementary (ASP only) students before and/or after their Montessori work.

In the morning, Primary children enrolled in BSP go straight away to their own rooms and are greeted by their classroom Assistant. They take down chairs, fold laundry, wet sponges, organize the food for snack and otherwise prepare their community for their soon-to-arrive classmates. They can read, socialize, and begin their work for the day.

In the afternoon, our Director of the After School Program prepares an after school environment in the Toddler classrooms so that Primary and Elementary children can be independent and enjoy choosing age-appropriate materials, games, art media, etc. Students can take a nap, eat a snack, and enjoy each other’s company in play. Parents supply snack on a rotating basis similar to the classroom. When the playground is available, children go to the outdoor environment for supervised outdoor play. Children may also go for a walk to the Zoo, the library, and parks in our area. ASP personnel are sensitive to the needs of children at all ages and stages of development in creating activities. They guide and encourage independence, positive choices, and collaborative play that fosters positive social relationships.

Additionally, Aidan offers opportunities for learning and fun with friends in our after school Discovery Programs.

Learn more about Discovery

Before & After School Programs' News & Posts

ASP Changes for 2018: Two Day Contract Option & Pay at Signup to Drop In

Especially important for Primary and Elementary Families: starting in 2018, because we know there are families who need it from their ASP Drop In signup history, we're adding an option for a Two Day ASP Contract, which might save your family a lot of money. Also new in January, to help us keep accurate records without taking our attention away from the children, parents will be asked to sign up for all Drop In ASP via our web form, and to pay to drop in as they sign up.

Program Director

Joy Messick

Joy Messick

Director of the After School Program

In January, 2018, Joy returned to Aidan's After School Program as its director. Prior to that, she served Aidan as a Lower Elementary Assistant, Lead Montessori Substitute Teacher, and Co-Director of After School Programs. Before coming to Aidan, Joy worked at Northwoods Montessori in Georgia as director of their extended day program. Before Joy discovered Montessori, she worked in New York and Atlanta as a photographer.

In her free time, Joy knits and reads a great deal. She loves playing tennis and basketball, too. She spends her summers on Delaware beaches where she loves to go on long bike rides through state park land and go paddle boarding. She and her wife are expecting a baby girl in December and are looking forward to becoming parents.

Before & After School Program Hours

Before School Program:
Starts at 8:00am

After School Program:
Ends at 6:00pm

Contact Admissions for further details on schedule options.

Please note that B/ASP does not serve Toddlers

Meet Our Before & After School Staff

Lakmali Cooray

Toddler Assistant to Ms. Williams and ASP Assistant

Zinat Khraishah

Primary Assistant to Ms. Wilson & ASP Assistant

Bryan Librizzi

Director of Discovery & Summer Camps and Physical Education Teacher

Joy Messick

Director of the After School Program

Sudharshini Perera

Primary Assistant to Ms. Eckel & ASP Assistant

Mila Rey

Primary Assistant to Ms. Hernández & After School Program Staff

Nirmala Tennekoon

Toddler Assistant to Ms. Barba & ASP Assistant