Mansfield Parks and Recreation

Before & After

School Friends

Great news! Parks and Recreation will now be offering before and after school at Goodwin Elementary School. The Before and After School Friends Program offers a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere for children at the end of the school day. We are not offering pre-school care at the before and after school program. The program is for children in grades Pre K - 6 whose parents want them to join special activities in a peer setting, or are unable to care for them before or after school.

 The Before/After School Friends Program designs activities to provide children with experiences that enhance physical, emotional and social growth. Children learn to resolve conflicts and develop social skills. The weekly schedule can include activities such as arts and crafts, sports, outside time, creative group games and special themed events. 

Outdoor and gym play happens whenever possible. Come to the before and after school program prepared for the inclement weather. If it is snowing and the kids have snow gear, everyone goes outside. If the weather is below 32 degrees the kids will stay in the gym. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, the kids will also not go outside. We encourage the children and staff to be involved in planning together. Snack is provided for our after school friends.

When school is closed or has an early dismissal due to inclement weather, there is no after school program. If school has a delayed opening there is the late opening option at the Mansfield Community Center. In order to use the late opening option you must fill out a credit card authorization form. On the late opening days all kids come to the community center and are picked up by busses according to their school. Staff will walk them out to the bus. While at the program the kids will use the arts/crafts room and teen center.  

 3 locations

  • Goodwin Elementary School (Before and After School)
  • Vinton Elementary School (Before and After School)
  • Southeast Elementary School (Before and After School)

*We are no longer offering after school at the community center*. 

Ways to Register

  • Come into the community center, fill out a activity registration form and make payment
  • Mail in a activity registration form payment with a check. Credit cards can only be accepted in person or on-line.
  • Drop In, In order to use the drop in there is a credit card authorization form that is required as well as filling out an activity registration form.  This can be done in person at the community center.  

Each month you must either come into the community center to register or register on-line to continue using the program.


  • Before School 7:00am-start of school
  • After School 3:15pm-6pm
  • On half days after school starts at 12:15pm-6pm
  • On early dismissal days there is no after school program


For more information contact: Jared Redmond by email: or by phone 860-429-3015 ext. 6107.

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