AFTER SCHOOL Community Ed offers choices for parents

August 27, 2005

Back-to-school time is looming, and Community Education wants to remind parents about the programs it has during the school year.

Prime Time is an after-school program for elementary school children that provides a safe, supervised place for them to be until the parent gets off work. The structured program involves games, crafts, assistance with homework, nutritious snacks, and a safe place to play.

“We want to make sure the kids are safe after school,” says Mike Schend, director. “Lots of research has shown that there is a much lower percentage of kids who get in trouble, such as with drugs or alcohol, when they are supervised than when they go home to an empty house.”

The program has been in place for years and has been well-received, he says, but many parents still are not aware of it.

May Street, Westside and Mid Valley elementary schools all have Prime Time programs, and Parkdale’s students can be bused to Mid Valley. Each site can handle from 50-55 students, but once the quota has been reached, it can’t take any more. The ratio of staff to kids is 1:15 and schedules are dictated by the parents’ needs. Hourly rates are just $2.05 for full-time students, and $2.20 for part-time.

* There is also a Prime Time program at May Street School for half-day kindergarten students. Children may stay in the program until the end of the regular school day or even choose to remain in the after-school care program as well. Westside students may ride the bus over to May Street after morning kindergarten. The hourly rate is based upon the number of days per week a child attends. This will be a fee-based program and must support itself.

* Community Ed also offers a program for preschool children, Little Learners, taught in the Coe Primary Building. It is for children ages 3-5 and has been developed with the individual child in mind. Taught by Angela Klein, a child development specialist, the program will use stories, music, imaginative play, social games, and arts and crafts to give the kids a variety of skills that will prepare them for school.

* The children will enjoy daily outdoor activities, weather permitting, and healthy snacks that they may even prepare themselves. Parents may choose from either a two or three day per week program and either morning or afternoon sessions, or both. Children entering the program for the first time must have all immunizations up to date.

There will be an open house Thursday, Sept. 1, from 6-7:30 in the Coe Building, giving parents a chance to see the classroom, meet the teacher, and socialize with other parents and children.

The cost for Little Learners Preschool is $70 per month for 2 days/week, and $100/month for 3 days/week. To register for either Prime Time or Little Learners, call Community Ed at 386-2055.

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