Studio is a before-and-after-school enrichment program that helps to support our working parents. The program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with our currently enrolled students receiving priority.

During Studio, children will be able to explore a variety of Reggio Emilia inspired enrichment opportunities, including, but not limited to musical exploration, gross motor experiences, outdoor learning time, time with construction materials (blocks, manipulatives), and opportunities to explore a variety of art materials. Children will be able to pursue their own interests in a safe, friendly environment, which supports the development of the “Hundred Languages of Children”.

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Studio hours

Before school:
Monday–Friday 7:30–8:20 a.m.

After school:
Monday–Thursday 3:55–5:45 p.m.
Friday 1:55–5:45 pm.

Studio program options

You can register your child for one of the options below: 

Friday Only p.m.

  • 1:55-5:45 p.m. (Friday)
  • $95/month

Monday-Friday a.m. Only and Friday p.m. Only

  • 7:30- 8:20 a.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • 1:55-5:45 p.m. (Friday)
  • $200/month

Monday-Friday p.m. Only

  • 3:55-5:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
  • 1:55-5:45 p.m. (Friday)
  • $275/month

Monday-Friday a.m. Only

  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • $150/month

Monday-Friday a.m. and p.m.

  • 7:30-8:20 a.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • 3:55-5:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
  • 1:55-5:45 p.m. (Friday)
  • $400/month

Billing is on a 10-month schedule with the first payment due Aug 20 and the last payment May 20.

Families with more than one child from their immediate family enrolled in Studio will receive a 10% discount on the total.

Studio forms and information

Payment information

Payment Due Date

Payments are due on or before the 20th of every month for Studio services the following month. For example, the August payment is for the month of September. There will be a $25.00 late fee for all payments received the next business day after the 20th.

Monthly Statements: Families will receive a monthly statement the first week of each month that contains payments, credits and past due balances. Please note that any payment received after the 20th of the month may not be reflected in the monthly statement.  

Payments Not Received

If a tuition payment is more than 60 days past due, the student will be at risk of forfeiting their spot.  

Payment Options

We highly encourage families to use our secure online payment system in order to expedite the process and help eliminate any errors or timing issues that may arise with other forms of payment. There is no additional user fee to pay online.  

To pay online:

  • Go to
  • At the top of the page hover over the “Studio” tab and click.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page where there will be a “Make Studio Payment” button.
  • Click on “Make Studio Payment” button at the bottom of the information page to make payment.
  • In the description box on the order information page, enter the student’s name for whom you are making payment.
  • Complete all required fields and hit enter when finished.
  • You will receive an email confirming your transaction and this will serve as your receipt.

To pay by check or money order:

Payments should be mailed to:

Riverside Magnet School

Attn: Studio

29 Willowbrook Drive

East Hartford, CT 06118

  • In the memo please include Studio tuition for student’s name.
  • The payment must be postmarked no later than the 20th of the month or a late fee will be assessed.

If dropping off at school:

  • Check or money order must be in sealed envelope with the child’s name and Studio Tuition printed clearly on the outside of the envelope and in the memo section of check. Envelopes may be deposited in the labeled drop box in the main office.  

Returned Check Policy

There will be a $25 bank fee charge for all checks returned to us for insufficient funds. If a check is returned for insufficient funds, all future payments must be made by money order or credit card ONLY.

In the event a payment is returned for insufficient funds, you will be expected to pay all bank fees along with the actual monthly payment amount.   Please beware that this repayment and all future payments must be paid by money order or online for the duration of the school year.

Reimbursements for C4K Payments

All Families are responsible for the full payment each month.

If a family has applied for the Care 4 Kids program and is waiting on the status of their application, you are responsible for your full monthly payment until you are notified by Riverside Magnet School that we have received payment from Care 4 Kids. At that point, we will provide you with the amount they are going to cover, what your new monthly balance will be, and when that will occur.   

For information on how Care 4 Kids eligibility and how to apply please visit Care 4 Kids website at

Family Discounts

Families with more than one child  from their  immediate family enrolled in Studio will receive a 10% discount on the total.

Other important information

Withdrawal from the Studio Program

If a parent/caregiver decides to withdraw their child from the Studio program, a minimum of two weeks written notice is required. Written notice should be sent to:


Riverside Magnet School

Attn: Casey Guiheen

29 Willowbrook Road

East Hartford, CT 06118


Dropped off at the front desk with Raynette Figueroa.

Please Note:  If a two week written notice is not given to the school, parents/caregivers will be responsible to pay the Studio tuition for the month they withdrew.

Changes to your Studio Program

If a family needs to adjust their plan (Adding AM or PM or going to Friday only etc..) advanced notice is required. Changes to billing will occur for the following month. No refunds will be given for the current month. If changes were not made with enough advanced notice, families may be responsible for any charges.

Studio Enrollment

Enrollment in Studio for the following school year will begin in May of the previous year.  Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis, with currently enrolled families who are in good financial standing receiving priority.

Updated Contact Info

In case of an emergency, it is very important to keep your contact information updated with RMS. Once you are aware of a change, contact our school at 860-709-6800 or Casey Guiheen at 860-709-6822 to make changes without delay.

Pick-Up Verification

Students will be released only to adults over the age of 18 who are listed on the student’s contact/pick-up list. To ensure every student’s safety a photo ID/Passport is required for verification during pick-up. Other types of verification include a phone call to the parent if pick-up arrangements have not confirmed by our staff.

Afternoon Snack

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide only healthy snacks for students to enjoy during their time in the studio program. All children are eligible to receive a free snack provided by the Studio program. Snacks will be provided on a daily basis. Please click the link below to see a snack menu. 

SLA Breakfast and Lunch Cafeteria Hub and Menus 

Studio Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Studio Families,

Hope this letter finds you doing well. First, we would like to take the time out to say that we value your role in our school community and the roles of families are important to us. We would like to welcome you to come in to volunteer during studio. There are a variety of ways you can volunteer.

Some ideas are:

  • Offer to read a story to your child’s pod. The children love to have new readers visit!
  • Volunteer in the pod. There are a variety of experiences planned each day (cooking, art, music, etc.). The children in the pod will enjoy having another person come in to play and explore with. This also lets you see first-hand what your child does each day.

We all live very busy lives and we value your time. If you are unable to come in during studio, we understand. Here are some other ways you can be involved.

  • Donate recyclables on an as needed basis to the pod (paper, tissue boxes, old cardboard, newspapers, etc.) . These materials can be used in a variety of interest areas like art and sensory. Please look out for sign up sheets; they will be located on the sign out sheet.
  • Share family traditions with your child’s pod. A few ideas for you to share are; cooking recipes, pictures, books, etc.

If you have any additional ideas please share them with us. We would love to hear them!

Thank you,

Casey Guiheen, Studio and Community Coordinator

Studio Forms/Information

For questions, please contact:

Casey Guiheen

Studio & Community Coordinator