Currently, NRHEG Community Education is exploring interest in the creation of a fee-based School Age Care (SAC) program for children ages 3 years to 5th grade. A SAC program would be designed to provide a wide range of fun and exploratory activities to students, such as arts & crafts, sports, games, quiet time, creative and dramatic play, outdoor play, science, special events, community service, exploration, and field trips.
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Afterschool programs are a critical resource for working families because, for many families, there is a gap between the time that children get home from school and when parents get home from work. After-school programs offer a safe and enriching alternative to leaving children home alone. School-age care for children (ages 3 years to 5th grade) helps parents fill the gap between school and work schedules in a safe and enrichming environment.
School based child care programs provide care and education for children before and after school. They also provide care on non-school days, late start/early release, and during the summer months. This program is designed to be a partnership between school and home. School based child care offers a safe and nurturing environment staffed by educated and experienced professionals. Programs include opportunities for recreation, social skill development, basic skills reinforcement, and academic enrichment within a supportive and familiar environment.
School based child care programs include:
- High quality before and after school care and education.
- Opportunities for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child.
- Daily programming that provides enriching, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities while reinforcing positive self-esteem and confidence.
- Opportunities for parents and students to develop positive relationships with school staff and administration.
Some School based child care programs have the ability to serve:
- Infant care- 6 weeks-3 years
- Preschool age care- 3-5 years
- School age care- K-5 grade
- Middle school age care- 6-8 grade
A typical School Age Care Program (K-5th grade) begins at 6:45am and ends at 6:00pm. Children are usually dropped off in the morning where they are able to play, socialize with peers, work on homework, etc. They would then go to school during the day and would return after school is over. Afternoon programming would involve children playing in a playroom or gym with peers, doing arts & crafts, eating snack, playing organized or group games/activities, getting help with homework, reading, etc. until parents/caregivers pick them up. Non-school days during the school year and summer rotate between structured and free-play activities/games to keep children interested and engaged with each other and in various activities. Breakfast & snacks are generally served during the day and lunches are either provided by the program or are required to be sack lunches brought from home. This type of program is very convenient and flexible for working families and could provide care for families anywhere from 1-40+ hours per week.
A typical Preschool Wrap-Around Program (ages 3-5 years old) begins at 6:45am and ends at 6:00pm. Children are dropped off in the morning and picked up at various times throughout the day (at parent's convenience). Children are taken to preschool classes (if in the same school building) by staff and picked up afterwards and brought back to SAC. Children in a SAC program continue to learn & participate in educational activities throughout the day, play with peers, have recess, gym time, nap time, lunch, free play, etc. This type of program is very convenient and flexible for working families and could provide care for families anywhere from 1-40+ hours per week.