HBS Explorations

HBS Explorations is the after school program at the Henry Barnard School.  The program, now approaching its thirtieth year of operation, provides after-school care Monday through Friday from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm. Daily activities include snack, free play time, computers, supervised homework time, game area, gym activities, and outside play. HBS Explorations also works with the Rhode Island College School of Education to provide opportunities for college students and a greater variety of enrichment activities for participants.

Under the direction of Mr. Mark Young, Explorations staff of trained providers offers a wide variety of daily activities geared to each group of participants. Preschoolers meet in one of the preschool classrooms, so that the environment is safe and familiar for them. Kindergarteners, first and second graders, and third through fifth graders each meet in their own spaces, as well as using the gym, age appropriate playgrounds, computers, and other resources.

Our goal is to offer flexibility in your child-care planning. Participants can sign up for as few as one day per week, as many as five, or anywhere in between, and the rate is always the same low daily investment. For more information about HBS Explorations, you can contact Director, Mark Young myoung@ric.edu  or Assistant Director, Cristina Marcozzi cmarcozzi@ric.edu or call  at 401.456.8811.

Explorations Facts

Hours and Cost

HBS Explorations is open each day of the regular school year from 2:15-5:30.  Students may register on a daily or weekly basis. We are also open for half days. We offer full day programs during school vacation weeks. Cost is calculated on a semester basis (for the regular school year) due in two payments, one at the start of each semester and one at mid-semester. Actual cost breaks down to $15.00 per day.


Registration begins in July for fall semesters, December for spring semesters, and two weeks before special program days or weeks.


Open to all Henry Barnard School students entering or registered in grades preschool – 5th  grade. Student to staff ratio is 10-1. Maximum number of students is 65, minimum is 15.


Explorations staff are certified professional teachers or RIC students. Director: Mark Young, MEd.  Assistant Director/Early Childhood Coordinator: Cristina Marcozzi


Include art, crafts, new games, theater, music, cooking, science, active games and sports, computer, homework club, field trips, dance, talent shows, and homework assistance.


Explorations utilizes rooms 176, 120G, and the gymnasium, as well as the outdoor playgrounds.