DOBSON — Surry County Schools have finished a re-design of a before and after school childcare program for students in elementary grades and look to roll out the program on August 25.
According to Executive Director of Elementary Education and Academically and Intellectually Gifted, Jennifer Scott, the programs were established in September at seven elementary schools. Those schools were Cedar Ridge, Copeland, Flat Rock, Franklin, Pilot Mountain, Rockford and White Plains. She said 163 students were served through the program.
Scott explained system employees are paid additional hourly wages to supervise the childcare program and run a specific daily schedule which includes snack time, small and whole group activities and individual play and game time with tutoring provided if needed.
“Last year was a successful year for Surry County Schools with this program,” said Scott. “We feel this is a help for our parents to provide child care and registration can be done at the site. We feel strongly that child care starts on the first day of school. We recommend registration in advance which would help us greatly to plan for this service.” She explained the program is self supporting with the costs covered by the $25 registration fee which goes to provided resources for the students throughout the year.
Interested parents or caregivers may contact the principal at the elementary school they want their child to attend for additional information. Scott said each school needs a minimum of 10 students at each site to be self sufficient. She said the program will offer a ten-to-one ratio (students to teacher). A childcare handbook will be provided at registration. It outlines information and requirements of the program.
“The program is a Surry County Schools operated program,” Scott said. “It is an extension of the school day. It was a better fit for us this way. Our teachers and principals have been instrumental in the success of the program.” Information supplied to the Board of Education indicates the revenue from the program from the 2013-2014 school year was $153,800 with expenses of $121,817.93, leaving $31,982.07 in the budget.
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