After School Childcare Program

In order to provide elementary-age children with access to high quality, affordable after-school childcare, we created the After School Childcare program in September 2016.

This daily program serves children in grades K – 6, and includes a healthy snack, art projects, games and activities. Visit our Cub Club page for detailed information about those after school classes. Questions? Contact Katharine Bill , (509) 341-4210.

After-care is hiring! If you love working with kids and you want to be part of a creative, kind, nurturing after-care team, please apply. We can use help as little as 4 hours/week (two afternoons), up to 10 hours (5 afternoons/week). Please visit our Employment page for access to our Fast Track application process.

After School Childcare Flyer

View/download After School Childcare Brochure

After School Childcare Registration

Download, print and bring completed registration form with payment to the MVE Office.

Download/print MVE After School Childcare Registration Form

Meet the Staff

MVE After School Childcare Staff-2019-2020

Claire, Janice and Bo

Bo Thrasher
Bo arrived to the valley twenty years ago after instructing summer courses at the Outward Bound base in Mazama. She has a Masters in Education and a Waldorf Certificate. Her teaching experiences includes teaching in the Vermont Public Schools, the Shelburne Falls Waldorf School in Vermont, the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in Bellingham, the Waldorf inspired Pre-K through 2nd grade school in Mazama, and the Methow Valley Community School.

In addition to her teaching experiences in a school setting, Bo has taught swimming lessons and helped coach the Methow Killer Whales for five years. Bo’s hope is to establish a safe, nurturing, creative and active environment for students in the after school care program. As a supervisor, she is looking forward to lots of time outside with the group exploring and finding meaningful work and projects!

Claire LeDuc
Claire LeDuc, a Liberty Bell graduate, has been working with children for the last seven years. When the opportunity to be a part of the MVES After-School Childcare program came about, it seemed like the perfect fit. A graduate of Montana State University, Claire grew up in the Methow Valley and after leaving for college, always hoped to someday move back. Claire stated, “No matter where I’ve found myself living, it never quite compares to being in the Methow.”

As one of three after-school supervisors, Claire is looking forward to working with the other instructors to create a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment for kids. She envisions a program that focuses on outdoor education, team building, and creativity; all of which will help foster positive relationships among the students.

Janice Dickinson
– 19 years in the valley
– Married to Pete, Mother of two 20 something kids, Kelsey and Riley
– Owner/manager Winthrop PT & Fitness until recently
– Before moving to the Methow was a Marriage and Family Therapist
– Owned a children’s portrait business
– Coached Math is Cool, Nordic skiing and soccer with elementary kids
– Outward Bound instructor
– Started off in outdoor education for disabled folks, which is where I met Pete
– Love to ski, bike, meditate and visit my kids!

MVE After School Childcare in the Garden & Woods


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