Plymouth Meeting Friends School offers a before- and after-school program to provide a low-key, safe, and fun environment for children during non-school hours. These programs are collectively called Beyond the Bell (BtB).

Early Care

Early Care is provided before classrooms open, beginning at 7:30 am. The program is based in the school’s Journey’s End building. There is no fee for this service and registration is not required.

After-School Care

NEW for 2018-19, after-school care is FREE until 4:00 pm!

PMFS After-School Care (3:00 – 6:00 pm weekdays) is designed to provide children across all grades with an unstructured after-school experience, similar to living in a community with a big backyard and many neighbors with whom to play. The program includes an afternoon snack, pick-up games of soccer and basketball, craft making, board games, fort building, nature play, and free play. There is also an optional period of supervised homework.

BtB, Beyond the Bell, is our NEWLY imagined Extended Day Program! We have streamlined our payment system, too. There is no fee until 4:00 pm. With BtB, families will have the option to pay-in-full for the year or to be billed hourly for time used between 4:01 and 6:00 pm.

After-School Classes

The school also offers a number of eight-week, structured after-school classes. These may be attended as either stand-alone activities or in conjunction with the regular Beyond the Bell program. A student does not need to be enrolled in BtB to enroll in a class.

There is a fee for each class as a stand-alone option or in combination with the regular BtB program. Classes offered in the past include basketball, soccer, mixed sports, yoga, science, ceramics, and beekeeping.

There are also ongoing enrichment program opportunities with individual teachers (i.e. art class with Gillian, music lessons with Frumi).

Vacation Care

Vacation Care is offered on some school holidays, professional development days, and during parts of winter and spring break. On days it is open, Vacation Care is available 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and based in the Journey’s End building. For all vacation care dates, see the school calendar here.

Similar to After-School care, Vacation care provides non-structured, supervised playtime, indoors and out, in a multi-age grouping. Morning snack is provided; children bring their own lunch and an afternoon snack.

2018-19 Rates

Before-School Care

Free. No registration necessary.

After-School Care

Free until 4:00 pm.

Pay-in-Full and Pre-Register for 5 days a week for the school year = $2,500
Pay-in-Full and Pre-Register for 3 days a week for the school year = $1,750
(Only 3- and 5-day registration is available for pay-in-full discount).

Pay-as-You-Go Hourly = $13 per hour

After-School Classes

There is an additional fee for classes, as they run separately from BtB. Individual class fees are listed in the class catalog, which is sent directly to families. We will offer a discounted class rate for students enrolled in BtB with yearly payment

Vacation Care

$45 per day for first child, $40 per day for additional children. Without pre-registration: $60 per day.


Contact Directors Gladys McLendon and Nate Bergey at or 610.828.2288 x241 with questions.

To discuss payment options for pay-in-full, contact Bookkeeper Jackie McGoldrick 610.828.2288 x233 or