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.

View/download After School Childcare Brochure

MVE After School Childcare Roller Skating


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 2018-2019

Clair LeDuc, Kelsey McGill, Janice Dickinson, Bo Thrasher

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 recent 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!

Kelsey McGill
Kelsey has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Expeditionary Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh New York, which focused heavily on the technical skill sets in skiing, kayaking and climbing. At SUNY she was a supervisor at the university climbing wall, volunteered at the climbing wall teaching classes to Traumatic Brain Injury patients, and led wilderness programs for incoming freshman.

Her interest working with youth started as a Head Counselor at Colvig Silver Camp in Durango, CO. There she took teens backpacking, rock climbing and white water rafting throughout the beautiful Weminuche Wilderness. Kelsey writes: “I am compelled to work with youth in an outdoor setting to give them the opportunity to challenge themselves for them to see they are much stronger than they knew”.

Since 2013, Kelsey has worked for various outdoor programs such as Boojum Institute and Outward Bound. “I am inspired to teach as well as learn from my students because they are just as much of a teacher to me as I am to them!”
MVE After School Childcare in the Garden & Woods


Have a wonderful summer break!