With before & after school care, do you offer any sort of program or is it just free time? What do parents pay? Who staffs your program?
Our before and aftercare is mainly playing and doing homework. We do not have a “program”. We charge $174/month for before care; $327/month for aftercare; and $500/month for both.
Morning for us is just free time. We don’t charge in the mornings. Teachers rotate weekly for supervision.
Afternoons we charge $6 per hour or fraction thereof. Teachers are paid for this duty–they try to rotate with time to play, work on homework, videos, ipads, etc.
Hope this helps.
During the regular school year our before care is only for 30 minutes. The children are supervised by a faculty member in 2 different locations. K3-K5 are in one building where children are able to play with manipulatives. 1st – high school meet in another building where they are able to visit with friends, finish any homework or finish breakfast they brought from home.
During the regular school year our after school care allows time for a snack, finishing homework, and then (weather permitting) children attend a supervised play time outside until parents come to pick them up. When weather does not permit outside activities, children can play board games. Sometimes teachers have a special supervised art activity planned or take their class to a home game of soccer/volleyball/basketball. After school is from 3:00 – 6:00pm. If parents pick up children after 6:00, a late fee is assessed.
During the summer months, a summer program is offered for K3-K5 where the children are involved in everyday activities. Once a week is a special activity day where parents may be involved or come for lunch. All “field trips” are kept on campus due to transportation issues.
For 1st – 6th grades a number of field trips are planned daily such as swimming, museums, bounce places, bowling, skating, ceramics, physical fitness, and a special week of safety presented by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Dept. The 1st – 6th grade students also have a “quiet time” of 1-2 hours each day for grade level workbooks that are prepared by the elementary principal to enrich academics and Bible. Children may also “rest/be quiet” by watching a short movie after workbook are completed.
During the regular school year parents are charged $27/week for one child, $47/week for 2 children, or $65/week for 3 children.
For the summer program parents have an option. Option 1 includes the weekly fee, field trips and lunch. The cost is $85/week for 1 child, $155 for 2 children, and $195 for 3 children.
Option 2 includes the weekly fee and field trips. The cost is $70/week for 1 child, $125/week for 2 children and $165/week for 3 children. Hours of operation for the summer program are 7:00am – 6:00pm
During the regular school year the morning care is staffed by our teachers. After school care is staffed by others that are hired by our elementary principal. An extensive interview and background check is done on each applicant. Once hired, day care staff must go through a training program in order to understand how the program operates and what is expected of them. Many of the regular after school care staff members stay on during the summer and then on into the fall. Whenever additional staff members are required, they go through the same hiring process.
Anyone with any derogatory information that is found in the background check are not hired. There are 3 main requirements for any of the day care programs but not limited to these: they must know the Lord as their personal Savior and able to give a clear salvation testimony; they must be 18 years old; and they must have a love for children. These requirements must be met in order to have an interview. After the interview, if all parties are in agreement, an application is offered. Once completed and returned with proper identification, the hiring process begins.
Parents pay. The majority of the fee goes to pay the teacher. There is a set payment for the teacher.
The teacher helps with homework for some of the time. There is play time and snack time.
School is dismissed at 2:40 and after-care goes until about 5:30.
A sign out sheet verifies the time in after-care for billing purposes.
An aide or teacher staffs the program.
We see it as a help to the families and is not a big money maker for the school but that’s OK.
We have a before care program that doesn’t cost anything. We have teachers that man this starting at 7:00 a.m. Any children coming before 7:00 a.m. meets in our daycare. We do not charge for morning care. Aftercare is $3.00 per day for 1 minute or 2 hours. Students are to do homework. When they finish with homework, then they may have free time. We staff our aftercare with seniors.
One thing to note, some states regulate after care programs in a fashion similar to their regulations for child care services. Important to verify all guidelines for the after care programs.
We have both a before and after care program. We open at 7:30 a.m. and the K4 teacher works this shift. We do not charge extra. Our K3 teacher and myself work the after care program. The K3 teacher supervises K3 through K5 and the children have free time in the play room. Students in grades 1-4 go the the cafeteria with me and do their homework until 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m. we charge an extra $5.00 per child per day. We close at 4:30. Most students are picked up at 4:00 p.m. Our working parents appreciate this program. The only problem that has occurred is that students like both programs and parents have dropped them off when not necessary. So many students were coming that another staff member was going to be needed which meant we would have to charge. Parents cooperated and we are down to a reasonable number targeting the parents we wanted to serve.
Just following up on Edward Earwood’s comment. Some states do little or nothing to regulate before- and after-school care. Some states (like Virginia) define care outside legally required ages for school attendance and outside normal school hours as childcare and regulate those programs under the same licensing or religious-exemption standards as daycare. Check the requirements in your state. I have worked with schools who were being fined and even threatened with closure because someone reported then to the DSS for operating an “unlicensed daycare program” that was their after-care program.
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