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School Age Care

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.

Providing an Important Resource for Families

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.

  • 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.
  1. Infant care- 6 weeks-3 years
  2. Preschool age care- 3-5 years
  3. School age care- K-5 grade
  4. Middle school age care- 6-8 grade

SAC programs need to connect with Community Education Directors and office staff, building Principals, nurses and secretaries, and special education staff. They should also have contacts with the food service programs and transportation department.

SAC programs should have contacts with county child-care assistance programs. Try to work with other social service programs to help families in need. Programs should also know who else in the community is offering similar services. (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, YWCA, Churches, Day Care Centers, etc.)




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