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    Before & After School Child Care
    Tropical Aftercare Handbook – Elementary School
    Tropical Aftercare Handbook – Middle School
    Welcome to another fun-filled year of Before and After School Child Care. We understand that parents are faced with the difficult task of finding quality child care for their children.  The goal of this program is to offer a wide variety of quality activities for your child. Tropical Elementary will provide parents with a secure, supervised, constructive learning and play environment.  Programs are designed for the ages of children that attend the school. Activities will be age appropriate and supervised by competent, caring, qualified staff members.

    Mission
    The Mission of Before and After School Child Care is to provide children with: •    an inclusive child care program that is safe and nurturing in a comfortable environment; •    a culturally enriching program that promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of each child; and •    a program that meets the highest quality of child care standards.

    Important Program Information
    Your program’s Supervisor is: Jalyssa Muniz. Her program contact number is:  (754) 323-7793. The  Supervisor’s email address is:  jalyssa.muniz@browardschools.com

    Description of Services
    The daily program schedule will include: •    Snack time •    homework assistance •    outdoor play •    academics •    access to technology •    other scheduled activities. These other activities might include cultural arts, cooking, science, drama, or arts and crafts.

    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 from 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 or 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 supervisor 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 2:25 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.