A.C.E. Before & After School Program

Mission Statement

We will:
  • Provide children with an Active, Creative, Enriching before and after school experience
  • Provide staff who strive for excellence.
  • Support parents by providing the best before and after school environment for their children.

Program Schools

  • Colchester Middle School (6th Graders Only)
  • Malletts Bay School
  • Porters Point School
  • Union Memorial School
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A.C.E. After School Open Enrollment - 2020/2021 School Year

Open Enrollment: DATE CHANGED

For the safety of our staff and residents, we will be altering the process for registering for the A.C.E. Before and After School program.

Registration will no longer occur on Monday, March 23.  Instead, we will move to a lottery system and postpone the deadline.  We ask that all families interested in registering for A.C.E. at any site to complete a registration form digitally, or scan your physical copy, and email it to Jenn Turmel at jturmel@colchestervt.gov. The deadline is Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 PM. All lottery submissions will be called by Friday, March 27 and informed of the status of their registration.  At this time, if you’ve received a spot in the program, you will need to provide a credit/debit card number to pay the registration fee and first-week deposit.

If you need a registration form, please see p. 10 of the Summer Guide, or visit the A.C.E. Page. You will also find links for 2020 – 2021 Tuition to help you calculate your first-week deposit.

We recognize the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause our participants, families and everyone in our community. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time as we all navigate through this pandemic. We will continue to communicate any updates and/or changes to our programs, classes, and events.

Contact: Jenn Turmel, jturmel@colchestervt.gov or 802-264-5643.

Open Enrollment for 2020 - 2021 School Year

Open Enrollment is for anyone not currently enrolled in the A.C.E. Before and/or After School Program.

Complete an A.C.E. Registration Form (PDF) and submit to the Rec Dept. with a $20 registration fee and a non-refundable one-week deposit.  
PLEASE NOTE: CMS Program is for 6th graders only.  Around 3:15 PM, they will walk over to MBS to join that program for the remainder of the day.

Program Details

The A.C.E. program incorporates Active, Creative, and Enrichment components throughout the school year. The Active components will focus on sports, recreational games, outdoor games, and lifetime skills activities. The Creative components will focus on food fundamentals, arts and crafts, and quiet time activities. We will incorporate special events, field trips, and guest artists to achieve the enrichment component of the program.

Schedule & Calendar

The A.C.E. Program runs Monday through Friday. The program at each school will follow the Colchester School District Calendar.  The program does not run on early release days.

Before School (MBS Only)

Our morning program begins at 7 a.m. and is structured to allow various time drop offs. The children will play light games, board games, arts and crafts, and more.  MBS begins classes at 8:30am.

After School Program

Our after school program begins at school dismissal and runs until 6:00pm. We will provide quality childcare that parents can rely upon throughout the school calendar year. Students will work on homework, play games, make arts and crafts, play outside, and much more. A daily snack and juice will be provided for all children.


All staff meet Vermont State Licensing requirements with regard to education and experience. Each school has an on-site director who will provide direct supervision and development of the program. Depending on the site, the staff-to-student ratio will be either 10:1 (PPS, UMS) or 13:1 (MBS, CMS).