Morning Drop-Off Policy

When dropping off your child at PAL you must accompany your child to the VES Cafeteria door, ring the bell and sign them in.

Afternoon Pick-Up Policy

When picking up your child in the afternoon, please ring the doorbell at the VES cafe door. A staff member will greet you at the door with a clipboard for sign-out. Parent/Guardian must show a valid photo identification at the door.

Do not send in another child to pick up your child. Children will only be released to persons specified on your registration form pick-up list. Please advise others picking up your children to have valid identification on them. Please let us know if someone other than a parent will be picking them up. You must also submit an email or a signed note if someone NOT on the pick-up list will be picking up your child. Children must be picked up no later than 6:00 pm. If you are late you will be charged $5 per minute. After 10 minutes the staff will call the contacts you provided on your registration form to come and pick up your child.


Children may NOT attend the program if they have been sent home from school for behavior problems or illness. You must pay your weekly tuition whether your child attends or not.

If your child will not be attending the afternoon program for any reason, or should you need to add your child on to an afternoon they do not usually attend, you must call 207-363-1441 to notify us prior to 1:45pm. Our answering machine is always on for you to leave a message, please do not email changes; emails are not an acceptable form of notification of schedule changes. There is a $10.00 no-call fee each time you do not notify us by phone of these types of changes by 1:45pm that day.

Your child’s teacher or nurse is not responsible for notifying us, you are.  You are also responsible for communicating these types of changes with your child’s teacher.


Children who are ill may not attend the program. This includes fever, diarrhea, vomitting, excessive congestion and any communicable illness. If your child becomes ill at school, your child may not attend PAL. They must be picked up at school, not at PAL. If your child becomes ill at PAL, you will be notified. If your child does not attend school, they may not attend PAL that day. ***For more details, please refer to the Illness section in the handbook***


We do not give medication to children, except in the case of emergency inhalers and Epi- Pens, please see our full Parent Handbook for further information on medication administration. If special circumstances exist, please notify one of the directors. Do not send medications to school through PAL. We do not take responsibility for the transfer.

Behavior Consequences

If a child in the program physically or emotionally harms another child or staff member in any way, the following guidelines will be followed if appropriate:  The first incident will receive written warning, the 2nd incident will warrant a 1-day suspension, the 3rd incident warrants a one-week suspension, the 4th incident results in dismissal from the program for the remainder of the school year. These guidelines are subject to change and the severity of the incident is taken into consideration. The same consequences will be true for any destruction of school/P.A.L. property or inappropriate language or actions.

Personal Belongings

P.A.L. asks that all toys and electronics stay at home. Children are not permitted to use their cell phones or hand-held devices while at the program. The goal of our program is to stay “Unplugged”, which gives the children the opportunity to play, build friendships and explore their creativity!

  • No toys or games from home.
  • No electronic games or devices.
  • P.A.L. is not responsible for anything left at the program.
  • Please label your child’s clothing and belongings.
  • There is a lost and found bin at the site.


Please communicate any of your concerns to one of the directors of the program. We want to do all we can to make sure that you and your child are happy with the PAL program.


Located in York ME


For Registrations, questions/concerns & changes, contact Nancy Conrad:

For billing questions / financial aid, contact Laura Gilchrest:




(23-24 registration form)



Print and return form to a staff member or email it to: Please see the section on schedule changes in the Handbook for more information.




  • PAL follows the York school schedule.
  • PAL does NOT operate during school vacations and snow days.
  • Should there be a school delay, morning PAL will be closed, afternoon PAL will resume as scheduled.
  • If school is cancelled for the day or there is a weather related/unplanned early release, PAL will be cancelled as well.


Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. You must first apply to Maine’s Childcare Affordability Program (CCAP) *Formally known as Child Care Subsidy Program CCSP


Please contact Co-Director Laura Gilchrest with any questions: