Dates of Operation

The Back Pack program follows the school year calendar for Fairfax County Public Schools. We will be closed on holidays as observed by FCPS as well as follow all emergency procedures put forth by FCPS. Please visit the FCPS website at to download the school year calendar and for emergency announcement information. We also encourage you to register to receive emergency alerts via email or text at their website. For more details, please see The Back Pack 2020-21 Calendar under "Days and Times" tab.



The Back Pack follows the decisions of FCPS system with regard to delayed openings, cancellations, and early dismissals due to inclement weather. The Back Pack is open for all enrolled students for delayed openings due to inclement weather. On unexpected and scheduled early dismissal days only students enrolled to attend in the afternoons will be picked up early from school. On FCPS Teacher Work Days (scheduled prior to the start of school) The Back Pack is open from 6:30 am to 6:15 pm to care for only students who attend in the afternoons. Parents must register for each Teacher Work Day prior to the event.



When FCPS makes a decision to close school all day due to inclement weather the Back Pack will be closed for the day as well.



On days when FCPS opens late, TBP will open at 6:30 am. The students will be transported to school at the delayed opening time. (TBP will make every effort to open at 6:30 am.) After Care students are welcome when delayed school openings occur (if space permits)



TBP will pick up students enrolled in After Care from school at the early dismissal time.  TBP will be open until 6:15 pm.  In the event of severe weather conditions, energy problems or other emergencies, TBP may contact parents to pick up students early.



On Teacher Work Days (within FCPS’s official first and last day of school). The Back Pack offers all-day child care (6:30 am to 6:15 pm) at no additional cost as long as it falls on a day that your child would be attending the full-day program. This means, if you sign up for Tuesday and Thursday full-day child care and the teacher workday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, then it is included. In the event that a teacher workday falls on a day your child would not be attending The Back Pack, you may register for a spot, if there are spots available your account will be charged a $50 a day fee per child. 


NOTE: No fee adjustments or refunds will be given for TBP closings due to snow, weather, energy problems, emergencies, unanticipated calendar changes, COVID-19 closures, early pick-ups or cancelled field trips.

Program Rates

At this time, Fairfax County Public Schools has not released their plan for starting the 2021/2022 school year. We are listing the Virtual School option as well as the traditional Before and After School only rates. As a point of reference, we want to remind you that the Virtual School Program Rates are intentionally lower than our traditional rates.  This was done to help the families we serve during these unprecedented times.

At the point of registration, you will simply be asked for basic child and family information, as well as the registration and processing fees.  Once FCPS announces their plan, we will send you information on how to secure the program that best fits your needs.

Multiple Child Discounts

For children of the same household, rates are reduced by 10% for your second child, 20% for your third and fourth child. 


Enrollment Fee 

A non-refundable processing fee of $35.00 is required for each family’s enrollment.  This fee is added to your account once enrollment is approved. There are no other administrative charges throughout the school year. 


Non-Refundable Registration Deposit 

A $100 security deposit is required for each child upon online registration. This deposit is non-refundable and it is applied to your child’s first month’s tuition.  


Payment Details 

Tuition fees are billed in 10 equal monthly instalments from August 2021 through May 2022. Fees are the same every month regardless of the number of program days in each month. Each month's tuition is billed in advance via email. Accounts must be paid in full prior to services for the next month. Tuition payments are due on the 20th of the preceding month. A late fee of $25 will be assessed if payment is received after the 5th of the month. There will be a $30 charge for all returned checks. Non-payment and delinquent accounts will result in the cancellation of all services. 


Payment Options 

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - You must fill out the authorization form which will allow for monthly withdrawals from your bank account or credit/debit card, (a 3% Convenience Fee will be added). 


Online Payment - You will receive a monthly tuition statement via email. Simply pay online with the "Click to Pay" option. 


3% Convenience Fee - A 3% Convenience Fee will be added to all forms of electronic payment, (credit cards, debit cards, bank account drafts). To avoid a 3% Convenience Fee make payments; via cash; a bank mailed check; or with a personal check.   


Personal Check- Make checks payable to: “The Silo Center”. Please write your child's name in the memo portion of your check. 


The Back Pack fee schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Silo Center Administration, or due to circumstances beyond our immediate control. 

Days & Times

The Back Pack fee schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Silo Center Administration, or due to circumstances beyond our immediate control. 


Days & Times 

  • The Back Pack operates Monday through Friday. 

  • Morning (Before) Care is held between 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

  • Full Day Care is held between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

  • Afternoon (After) Care is available from 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM. 


2021/2022 CALENDAR (This is subject to change based on FCPS in-person learning plans) 

August 23rd                    First Day of FCPS & The Back Pack

September 3rd                Labor Day FCPS & The Back Pack Closed

September 6th                Labor Day FCPS & The Back Pack Closed

October 11th                    PD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

October 31st                    FCPS End of Quarter – 2-hour early release – The Back Pack OPEN until 6:15 pm

November 1 – 2               PD/TW* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

November 24 – 26           Thanksgiving Break - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

Dec. 20th – Jan. 1st 2022  FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

January 3rd                     FCPS & The Back Pack Resume

January 17th                    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

January 20th                    FCPS End of Quarter – 2-hour early release – The Back Pack OPEN until 6:15 pm

January 21st                     TW* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

January 24th                    PD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

February 21st                    Presidents' Day - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

March 3rd                        FCPS 2-hour early release – The Back Pack OPEN until 6:15 pm

March 4th                        PD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

March 31st                       FCPS End of Quarter – 2-hour early release – The Back Pack OPEN until 6:15 pm

April 1st                           TW* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm

April 4th – 8th                  Spring Break - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

May 30th                         Memorial Day - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED

June 10th                         Last Day of FCPS & The Back Pack – FCPS Closes; early release - The Back Pack OPEN                                        until 6:15 pm


*TW= Teacher Workday 

*PD= Professional Development Day 


Please Note: Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) last day is Friday, June 10, 2022. The last day of service for The Back Pack (TBP) will be on Friday, June 10, 2022. Should inclement weather dictate that school days are extended past this date into the following week, TBP will NOT provide service beyond Friday, June 10, 2022.  This policy is greatly due to the fact that *Camp Whatakid will still begin as scheduled on Monday, June  13, 2022. NO refunds will be given for any days that are scheduled by FCPS outside of the original schedule which is posted at the beginning of the school year. Should FCPS determine to end school early and dismiss students before Friday, June 10, 2022 due to unused inclement weather days, the last day of service at TBP will coincide with FCPS’ newly determined official last day of school. In the past, FCPS has changed unused inclement weather days into additional Teacher Work Days at the end of the school year. The only Teacher Work Days that are serviced by TBP are those scheduled on the original FCPS calendar within FCPS’s official first and last of school posted at the beginning of each school year. Ex. If students are dismissed early and June 9 & 10, 2022 are changed into Teacher Work Days, TBP will NOT provide service on those days.

*Camp Whatakid, the summer at the Silo Center, is a summer camp program available for rising Kindergartners through rising 7th graders. A separate registration is required for this camp. For more information, please visit: 

Typical Daily Schedule

Although no day will be truly typical at The Back Pack, it is beneficial to establish daily routine. Every day is packed with activities, fun, and excitement. The students move from one activity to the next, while receiving a balance between fun and learning in the many activities and events at The Back Pack. At the end of an active eventful day, most students are anxious for a good night's rest.

Before School Activities

6:30 - 7:00 am

Good morning! Indoor playground, games, homework

7:00 - 8:15 am

Free choice time, computer time, group games, arts & crafts, board games, indoor sports, playground time

8:15 - 8:45 am

Prep for transport to School

8:25 - 8:55 am

Students are bused to their schools, Have a Great Day!

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After School Activities

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Attendance, check in, outdoor playground/ games or homework time

4:15 - 4:35 pm

Relax and chat at snack

4:45 - 5:30 pm

Each afternoon students enjoy a variety of high-quality programs; Clubs, Pow Wow, Activities, Workshops, Movies.

5:30 - 6:15 pm

Indoor/ outdoor playground or a favorite group game in the atrium till parents arrive

6:15 pm

Time to go home - see you tomorrow!

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The Daily Schedule will be revised based on school schedules- stay tuned!



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