What is MSCR Afterschool?

As part of the Madison Metropolitan School District, MSCR Afterschool (formerly Safe Haven) has provided quality childcare since 1992. MSCR Afterschool was established with the belief that all children need a safe and enriching place to spend their after school hours, while their parents are at work or school. MSCR Afterschool provides a comprehensive after school program in ten sites at Madison, for children kindergarten through 5th grade.

Easy & Convenient!

Are you a busy parent? Nothing can be easier than after school care at your child’s school or neighborhood center.

MSCR offers afterschool childcare at ten locations.

Recreational and educational activities!

 MSCR offers fun and educational activities.

  • Creative art and enrichment projects
  • Homework help
  • Special events & field trips
  • Active play
  • Playtime with board games and toys
  • Opportunities to make new friends


MSCR makes every effort to hire diverse, qualified, caring and professional staff who have experience, education and a desire to work with youth in a recreational setting. All employees have been screened and have passed a background check through the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a T.B. test. We take pride in the quality of our staff and maintain high standards by training staff in a variety of topics including first aid, CPR, risk management, supervision, health and safety, age appropriate practices and other related topics. MSCR provides a 12:1 child to staff ratio.


  • Provide youth with activities and skills that enhance physical and cognitive capabilities, and build self-esteem
  • Teach youth alternative ways to resolve conflict
  • Build teamwork and cooperation skills

School Year Afterschool Programs:

MSCR Afterschool begins the first day of school and ends the next to last day of school. Afterschool programs offer tutoring and homework help. The program calendar generally follows the Madison Metropolitan School District calendar. Programs begin at school release time (including early release on Monday) and end at 5:30 pm or 5:45 pm daily. Please check your site for the exact time. Most programs require daily participation. However, part-time participants will be accepted at Allis, Falk, Lincoln and Midvale.

Summer Afterschool Programs

Summer programs operate nine weeks from approximately mid June to mid August, Monday through Friday at selected sites. Activities include art, science, sports, enrichment clubs, structured games, playtime, and Friday field trips. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided at most sites.

Program Evaluation

As a department of the school district, MSCR Afterschool is required to meet all the standards for Wisconsin licensed day care centers, and each site is assessed annually using the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale.

Program Eligibility

School-based programs are open to all children who attend the school or live in the attendance area of the school in which the program is held. Neighborhood center-based programs are open to all children living in the areas surrounding the neighborhood center.

Early Release & No-School Days

MSCR Afterschool programs operate on scheduled early-release days. Kids Day Out is an all day program that takes place on no-school days (including teacher in-services and parent-teacher conferences). The program is available at some locations. Please check at your site for details. MSCR Afterschool does not operate on holidays. Limited sites will provide childcare services during spring and winter break. Additional fees are charged for Kids Day Out and winter and spring break services.


Transportation home is provided, if needed, only for those students who are bussed to school at the following sites: Allis, Glendale, Lincoln and Midvale.

Weather Closings

If MMSD schools are closed due to severe weather, MSCR Afterschool is closed.

Release of Children

Only authorized persons specified on the child’s release form may pick up a child.

Visitors and Observations

Parent/Guardians are welcome to visit and observe the MSCR Afterschool programs anytime. For liability and supervision reasons, visiting children may not participate in MSCR Afterschool programs. Community members who wish to observe the program must request permission from the Site Supervisor and/or the MSCR Youth Programs Specialist.


Registration materials are available at your school office or by contacting MSCR Youth Programs Specialist, at 204-3030. Registrations must be completed in full to be eligible for the programs. All incomplete forms will be returned without processing.

Scholarships Are Available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those families eligible for free/reduced lunch and meeting all other MSCR Afterschool scholarship requirements. No child will be denied enrollment in any of the MSCR Afterschool programs based solely on ability to pay. However, families unable to pay may be placed on a waiting list until a scholarship position is available. Call 204-3030 for scholarship information.