S.R. asks from San Carlos, CA on April 16, 2009
Before/After School Care for Elementary School
I'm trying to gather information on before/after school care for public schools. Do most schools have an on-site service or are children consolidated at one school in a community and transported to the school they are enrolled in? If an on-site service is offered, does it occupy classroom space or multi-use space? If it occupies classroom space, is it the only user of the space or is the space used for classes during the day?
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Thanks to all for your input! Our neighborhood elementary school has on-site before and after care that occupies two classrooms. These classrooms are exclusively used for before and after care. The school is in an over-enrollment situation and is planning to send families that live in the neighborhood to another school in the district. They do not want to disrupt the on-site care. I've modified my question a bit to drill into the details of the on-site care and whether they occupy a dedicated classroom space.
D.C. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
My daughter goes to school in the Livermore Unified School District, and they have on-site after school care. You sign up through the Livermore Park and Rec. Department.
K.H. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
In San Francisco, many schools have on site before and afterschool care through private childcare companies, including YMCA, as well as grant or city funded agencies like the Beacon Centers. Schools that do not have on site care often have bus pick up to a nearby school with on site care.
C.Z. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
My son will be starting KG at a public school in San Francisco, and They have afterschool program on campus, But i have a Friend who grand daughter goes to same school and she doesn't attend the after school program at the school, but attends another after school program off site and one of the staff members pickes up her child from school, and takes her to the place, then drops her off at home. I think alot of San francisco schools have after school programs, or if not on campus, it's off campus.
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C.G. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
Most schools do offer some sort of before/after care. My son goes to Hammer Montessori in San Jose and they have a great afterschool program through Estrella Family Services. Check with your school and they will give you info on their own program.
S.Y. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
My son went to public school in San Francisco. The school he attended did have before and after school care, I believe most elementary schools have them. When you start taking tours of the schools, that infomation will be provided. There are some programs outside of school that is connected with the school bus system, where the kids are picked up and dropped off right in front of the daycare.
Good luck to you.
N.H. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
I live in Fremont some schools offer before & after school on site care I've run a home based before & after school daycare dropping off and picking up kids for many years. Depending on what area you are in you can contact a daycare licensing agency for referrals of before & afterschool daycare programs.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
I live in Fremont and our Elementary Schools have before/after on site care. Some are operator by the YMCA and others by Bay Area Child Care.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on April 17, 2009
The answer to your question is "it depends." It depends on where you live, what school district you are in, and what schools you are looking at for your child.
I have been very lucky that my kids' elementary school has on-site before and after care, no need to transport anywhere. This was, in fact, a huge draw for us when we were selecting a school. My nephew, who lives in a different community, has the same situation at his school. Every school and district is going to be different. Good luck with your research.
M.J. answers from Sacramento on April 17, 2009
Roseville elementary schools have Adventure Club. In the summer, it's Adventure Camp. The prices are comparable to local centers. The program is operated by the city but held at each school, so no bus involved.
S.B. answers from Redding on April 17, 2009
I think all schools are different.
My son goes to school in Humboldt County and has been enrolled in the after school program for years. It is on-site and the children can stay as late as 6pm. There is no fee. However, there is a long waiting list. They provide snacks, assist with homework, do arts and crafts and have parties, etc. My son loves it!
My fiend's son goes to school in the same county but in a different district and they too have a great after school program on-site, but there is a fee for it.
There are summer programs offered through parks and recreation.
No transportation is provided.
If you are looking for information on a specific school and or district, you can contact them directly.
I hope this helps!