Before/After Care

  • Welcome to Challenger's Rocketeers:

    The Outstanding-Rated Before and Aftercare Program

    Our Before Care program runs from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to provide care for those children whose parents need to be at work before the school opens at 8:15 a.m. In Before Care children are greeted by our friendly staff who play games, help with homework not completed at home, and on some days do arts and crafts projects.  Our Before Care children are able to have breakfast, if purchasing, and then at 8:15 a.m. can either go to their classroom or finish breakfast with the other students.

    Aftercare is available from 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The students are in groups (of no more than 20) according to their grade level.  We run a 1:20 staff ratio. The children are provided with structured activities, changing every 30 minutes. They have snack each day (provided by the parent), homework time, recess time, and one Special each day. The Specials include technology, art, Spanish, Math Wizards, Sci Guys, Wii fitness, and Friendship Club.

    For more information please contact:

    Wendy Goodman

    Rocketeer Supervisor

    754-322-5793

     

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    Fees (10 equal payments in a school year)

    Aftercare fees are:               $149.00 + $5.00 activity fee = $154.00
    Beforecare fees are:              $45.00 + $5.00 activity fee = $50.00
    Beforecare plus Aftercare:    $45.00 + $149.00 + $5.00 = $199.00
    Registration fees are:            $25.00 per family

    (Payments are the same each month, 10 payments in a school year)

    Fees must be paid with cash (exact amount) or credit cards. All fees are due prior to a pay period starting.All fees are due prior to a pay period starting.

    Activity fees for both before and after care are used for special projects, early release programs, games, arts and crafts, reward parties, and any other activites the children use directly. 

    Payment can be made online at Online School Payments or made in person between 12-5:30 p.m. using cash or credit card (debit,Visa, MasterCard or American Express.)

    Prompt tuition payment and prompt pick up by 6:00 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent.

    It operates only on days when school is in session. There will be NO After Care provided on days that students are not in school. This includes teacher workdays and holidays.

    After Care is open from dismissal time at 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on school days. On “early release” days, after care begins at 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

     

    Goals

    The goal of our After Care Program is to serve the community by offering a high quality after school child care program of developmentally appropriate activities in a wholesome and safe environment. 

    The program promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of each child.  We encourage our students to become life-long learners and foster partnerships with parents, students, staff, and the community.

    Our After Care Program provides professional care, supervision, recreational and educational activities. This program allows children to experience activities within an environment planned to compliment the philosophy and value system of the school and family.  We strive to provide individual attention, security, consistency, and fair treatment form children and working parents.

    The After Care Program is staffed by employees of the School Board of Broward County. . All staff members have been fingerprinted and cleared to work for the Broward County School system.

    We work together to help each child grow in maturity and self-respect and understanding for others is realized. We also understand that children need fun-filled activities as well as educational ones.

     

    Behavior Expectations

    As member of our program, children will be expected to respect the staff, each other, the school facilities and the materials provided.

    In order to maintain a professional atmosphere and to foster proper respect for authority, we ask that the staff members be formally addressed as adults, i.e., Mr., Mrs., and Miss. The informal use of a staff member’s name by a student is inappropriate at any time.

    If/when items are broken or taken, the parents of the child at fault will be responsible for replacing them.

    Children must never leave their group without permission of the counselor in charge.

    Improper behavior of children will result in a notice being sent home to the parent. Counselors will notify the After Care Office of a child’s inappropriate behavior by written referrals. The After Care director will fill out a conference form and discuss behavior and possible solutions with the parent. The parent will sign the conference form. If problems continue the student may possibly be removed from the After Care Program.

     

    Attendance

    If you know in advance that your child/children will be absent form the After Care Program for any extended amount of time, please notify us in writing.

    If your child was marked “present” in the classroom, we expect him/her to attend the After Care Program unless advised by you via phone. - We take attendance everyday by 3:00 p.m. to ensure that all children arrived in After Care safely.

    Much concern is expressed and valuable time wasted by searching for a child who went home early with a parent or friend. If a child does not arrive in After Care by attendance time, we immediately check with the regular school office and then the classroom teacher for information as to the whereabouts of a child.

     

    Dismissal

    At 2:45 p.m., the regular classroom teacher will dismiss the students. Those enrolled in After Care should proceed directly to their assigned meeting area. After Care Counselors will escort Kindergarten students to their meeting area.

    All persons signing out children need to show picture I.D.

    Only those persons listed on the registration form will be allowed to pick up your child from the After Care Program.

     

    Emergency

    With the safety and well being of the children in mind, it is MOST important that parents fill out the emergency sheet and adhere to the guidelines. Parents are urged to provide us with current telephone numbers and a list of authorized persons in case of emergencies.

    Be sure to keep your contact numbers up to date. If we need to reach you, we need valid telephone numbers.

    One of the most important regulations of the After Care Program concerns the child leaving the premises. Parents may not take their children home without notifying the After Care office and signing the child out.