|Extended Day Programs
Community Education provides a wealth of out-of-school-time opportunities for school-age children.
School Age Care
Primarily for working families, school age care provides a safe, enriching learning environment for children before and after school and sometimes on non-school days and during the summer. Caring adults provide a mix of structured activities and free choice opportunities to meet the needs of children from Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Minimum Standards for SAC Programs Guidebook
In Minnesota, Kindergarten is funded for half a day. Community Education often provides extensions to that half-day, to create a full-day experience for Kindergarten students. Some districts offer more than one option for extending the day, one academic and one child care. Extensions are typically fee-based programs, with sliding fee scales to allow all children this opportunity.
In many districts, a partial-day preschool is difficult for working parents to schedule. For this reason, Community Education often offers wrap-around child care in the same location, so children can attend preschool without requiring transportation to a separate site for care before and after preschool.
The hours of 3 to 6 p.m. are known to be the highest risk hours for our school-age children. Community Education provides opportunities for learning, socialization, and mentoring through interest-based programs with subject matter experts. From chess to science, dancing to engineering, Community Education keeps our children engaged in positive experiences in the critical hours after school.
No one can claim boredom in the summer when Community Education is on the job. With opportunities from recreation to academics, aquatics to digital design, we provide a wealth of enriching programs for school-age children.