Before/Afterschool Care

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    Upcoming Kids Care Closures

    Friday, December 21, 2018 (Kids Care after school program closed; morning program is open); December 24, 2018 - January 8, 2019 (Winter break; Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Day); Monday, February 11, 2019 (Lincoln's Birthday); Monday, February 18, 2019 (President's Day); March 18-22 (Spring Break); Friday, May 10 (Staff Appreciation Day, Kids Care after school program is closed; morning program is open); Friday, May 24 (Volunteer Appreciation Day); Friday, May 31 (Last Day of School, Kids Care after school program is closed; morning program is open)

    2019-20 Enrollment Information 

    Please read the Eligibility and Enrollment information below for further information.

    Priority enrollment for currently enrolled Kids Care families is March 4 - March 15, 2019. If a registration form is not received during this time period, students will be placed in the open enrollment category. 

    Open enrollment for new students begins March 25, 2019. Registration forms for the 2019-20 school year will be available at Kids Care. Space in Kids Care programs is extremely limited and enrollment is based on staffing and first come, first serve grade level space availability at each site.  NOTE:  Students must be enrolled in the school before applying for Kids Care. This includes incoming TK and Kinder students.

    2018-19 Registration

    Kids Care programs are full and accepting students on a waiting list. If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in a Kids Care Program for the current school year, simply complete a Kids Care Expanded Learning Program Registration Form and drop it off at Kids Care. Site Managers will notify families if and when space becomes available. 2018-19 Registration forms and Parent Handbooks are available at all Kids Care centers and on the links at the right hand side of this page.
    Please be aware that we fill open vacancies based upon grade level space availability, not on a first-come-first-serve basis. This helps to ensure that student safety and staffing ratios are met. Parents will be notified when a space becomes available. 


    Eligibility and Enrollment

    Space availability is limited. Enrollment is based on staffing and grade level availability.

    Once a child is admitted to the Kids Care Expanded Learning Program, that child is guaranteed placement for the following year through priority registration in the spring, based on staffing availability. If a registration form is not received during this time period, students are placed in the open enrollment category (see below).

    Priority enrollment order: 1) currently enrolled students 2) any students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act and foster youth, 3) siblings, 4) students currently enrolled at a different site who are transferring schools, 5) students currently on the waiting  list, and 6) open enrollment for new students. Please be aware that we fill open vacancies on a first-come-first-serve basis based upon grade level space availability. This helps to ensure that student safety and staffing ratios are met.  

    Note: Students must be enrolled in the school before applying for Kids Care. This includes incoming TK and Kinder students.

    Toileting - It is important that children are able to use with bathroom facilities without adult assistance. It is understood that on occasion children may have a toiliting accident. They must be able to change clothes and clean themselves. Kids Care staff cannot assist with toileting or change children's clothing. If  you feel your child might need a change of clothes, please feel free to send a bag of clothes labeled with their name.

    Children with Special Needs - If our child requires assistance during the school day, he/she may be required to have the same assistance for the Kids Care program. Children with special needs may participate in the Kids Care Expanded Learning Program provided there is no adverse effect upon other program participants, either through direct behavior of the child or by taking away staff time needed by the other children.

    Program Fees

    Kids Care fee structure is based on the total number of school days in the year and is divided over 9.5 months (August  - May) and remains the same for each month. There is no additional fee charged for months with more school days and no proration of fees for months with fewer days.  Refunds or adjustments will not be made for changes to or withdrawal from the program, absences, illnesses, holidays, vacations, suspensions or natural disasters. Payments are non-refundable.

    2018-19 Kids Care monthly contracts are available on the Contracts link on the left-hand side of this page. 

    Why Kids Care?

    Kids Care is not day care, rather it is an Expanded Learning Program designed to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment, conducive to learning, while improving language arts, math, science, social and communication skills. Programs are designed to serve between 85-150 students per school site. Kids Care adds a strong youth development focus, including life skills, positive communication, conflict resolution, goal setting and decision-making.

    Students participate in academic support activities, including daily homework assistance. Along with their friends, students choose from a variety of structured enrichment activities including visual and performing arts, sports and fitness, healthy lifestyles, and project-based and service learning projects designed to support healthy social, emotional, academic and physical development. These enrichment programs provide students with important learning opportunities and rich experiences before school, and after school that complement what students learn during the traditional school day.

    All Kids Care Expanded Learning Program sites incorporate best practices and required elements as outlined by the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program, administered through California Department of Education (CDE).

    Homework Policy

    Kids Care is committed to providing an appropriate space, time, materials and resources for students to work on homework during program hours. Kids Care schedules 45 minutes to one hour for grades 1 through 6, Monday through Thursday. Students have an opportunity to work on assigned homework in accordance with OAUSD grade level guidelines on appropriate homework time increments (10 minutes per grade level). 

    Kids Care staff provide homework support, guidance and clarification when necessary. Staff does not provide one-on-one tutoring or homework correction. Homework is an important part of the home-school connection which provides parents with an opportunity to see what their student is learning. Parents are responsible for reviewing their child's homework every night to make sure it is complete. 

    Kids Care does not guarantee completion of homework.  

    Enrichment Classes at Kids Care

    Kids Care Expanded Learning Program is excited to announce new enrichment classes.  Enrichment specialists will soon be teaching magic, gymnastics, cartooning, TaeKwonDo, and science as part of the regular Kids Care progam  schedule. In addition, Kid's Care staff are preparing fabulous classes in arts & crafts, sports, Snap Circuits and more.  Classes will vary by site based on specialist availability.  Check the schedule at your school's Kids Care for the most current list of enrichment classes.

    • Flying Angels Gymnastics - TK-2nd grade - weekly throughout the year
    • Scratch Coding and/or Minecraft - Sonoma Mtn.
    • Kidding Around Yoga - Loma Vista, Miwok Valley, Old Adobe, Sonoma Mtn.
    • Chess - Parker Anderson Enrichment - Loma Vista, Miwok Valley, Old Adobe, Sonoma Mtn 

    Enrichment Specialists - Kids Care is looking for enrichment specialists. As an independent contractor, you can bring your passion to our students. Most of our enrichment programs run in 8 week sessions. Looking for enrichment specialists in: Chess, Performing Arts, Robotics, and more. If you are interested, please submit a letter detailing your proposed enrichment program offering, your resume, and 3 letters of recommendation.   Salary: $25-$40 hourly DOE. 

    Open for Fun and Learning - Hours of Operation

    Kids Care Expanded Learning programs operate every regular school day.  Please note: we are closed on the Friday before Winter Break, Staff Appreciation Day in May and on the last day of school for staff development.

    Parents/guardians may choose to have their child(ren) attend the before school and/or after school program. Monthly contracts are required at all program locations. 

    • Before School - Kids Care before school program opens daily at 6:30 a.m. and operates until the beginning of school. The morning program includes self-selected enrichment activities such as art, board games and other recreational activities. Homework assistance is also available. 

    • After School - Kids Care after school program begins immediately upon conclusion of the regular school day and remains open until 6:00 p.m.

    Loma Vista, Old Adobe, and Sonoma Mountain Programs - Kids Care Expanded Learning Programs at Loma Vista, Old Adobe, and Sonoma Mountain are designed to mirror the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program in its program offerings and goals. Attendance requirements however are more flexible.  

    La Tercera and Miwok Valley Programs - Kids Care Expanded Learning Programs at La Tercera and Miwok Valley are partially funded through the California Department of Education ASES Program. This voter approved initiative, Propostion 49, established local after school education and enrichment programs. As a funding requirement, students enrolled in the La Tercera and Miwok Valley Kids Care programs are expected to attend the program 5 days per week for the full range of program hours. See Early Release Policy.

         Early Release Policy - La Tercera and Miwok Programs  - A signed copy of the Early Releas Policy is required as part of registration in the program. We understand that situations do occur that cause students to need to leave early or miss a day altogether; however it is a CDE policy that "Early Releases" need to  be kept to a minimum. See  the OAUSD Early Release Policy.

    Question:  Why is attendance so important for before and after school programs?

    Answer: The purpose of the after school program is to support student success in school by providing academic support and enrichment opportunities. An ASES after school program was never intended to be a drop-in or child care program. The legislature determined that regular attendance would serve as the measure for demonstrating compliance with the legislation's purpose and criteria for ongoing progam funding.

    Important Note: All Kids Care After School Program sites will be closed on Friday, May 11, 2018 and Friday, June 1, 2018. The Before School Program will be open as usual. Please mark your calendars.

    Healthy Snack/Meal

    All students receive a free healthy snack/meal which meets federal and state nutrition guidelines.

    Students at La Tercera, Loma Vista and Miwok Valley participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which serves free meals to children in at-risk after school programs.  The CACFP meal pattern requires meals which meet the nutritional needs of children, are consistent with Dietary Guidelines for Americans and are appetizing. Meal components are comprised of 5 components: meat/meat alternative, fruit, vegetable, whole grain/bread and milk. Students must take 3 of the 5 components.

    Students at Old Adobe and Sonoma Mountain receive a free daily snack. The snack items meets federal & state nutrition guidelines. Snacks are comprised of 2 or more items: milk, fruit/vegetable, grain/bread and/or meat/meat alternative.

    Kids Care Centers are Nut Free Zones.  If you send a snack with your child, be sure it does not include any tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.) or peanuts.

    Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Non-discrimination Statement    

    Kids Care Expanded Learning Program Locations:

    La Tercera Kids Care Center

    1600 Albin Way, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Cynthia Granato

    Loma Vista Immersion Kids Care

    207 Maria Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager:  Jeremy Moreno

    Miwok Valley Kids Care Center

    1010 St. Francis Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Helen Bond

    Old Adobe Kids Care

    2856 Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager:  Kayatta Patton

    Sonoma Mountain Kids Care Center

    1900 Rainier Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Paula Ferriola

    Child Development Office

    207 Maria Drive, Petaluma, CA  94954
    Program Secretary: Carrie Kent

    Director of Child Development: Gail Ralls

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.