• May 23/24 Enrollment Update

    Posted by Rebecca Hachmyer on 5/5/2023

    I am writing with an update about our Kids Care enrollment process for Fall 2023. 

     

    We are still finalizing preliminary staffing for fall. Once we have a firm sense of staff who are returning we will begin conservatively enrolling. As we bring on additional staff we will enroll additional students. I anticipate that we will begin our preliminary enrollment the week of the 22nd. 

     

    Per ELOP guidelines, next year our ratio for TK/K students will be 10:1 or better and our 1st-6th ratio will be 20:1 or better. Additionally, please be advised that the following categories of students are placed in a priority enrollment category under ELOP: students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, students who qualify for free and reduced price meals, and students who are designated English Learners. 

     

    If your child does not fall into one of the above categories, I respectfully advise your family to plan on alternative care, such as the Boys and Girls Lucchesi Club House. Our programs have limited space and we will not be able to enroll all families. For your convenience, our district provides bus transportation to the Lucchesi Clubhouse. As soon as we can offer your child(ren) a spot in our Kids Care Expanded Learning program, we will be in touch with your registration paperwork. 

     

    It is our strongest desire to grow our program large enough to serve every OAUSD student in need of care. On that note, WE ARE HIRING. Information about open positions can be found here and here. If you know someone who is creative, intentional, and has a knack for working with kids, PLEASE SEND THEM MY WAY! 

     

    We will be in touch as soon as possible. 

     

    Respectfully,

    Rebecca Hachmyer, Director of Child Development

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  • March 23/24 Enrollment Update

    Posted by Rebecca Hachmyer on 3/19/2023 8:00:00 AM

    On Tuesday 4/4/23 at 10am, Intent to Enroll forms for the 23/24 Kids Care Expanded Learning Program will be made available to the greater school community. 

     

    If you are interested in enrolling in Kids Care next year, please return the completed Intent to Enroll form to your Kids Care Site Manager between the hours of 10am and 6pm or via email. 

     

    PLEASE READ: 

    The Intent to Enroll form does not guarantee your family a spot in Kids Care. Space is extremely limited. To address this, we are hiring. More staff means more students. If you know someone 18+ who might be a good fit for the Kids Care Expanded Learning Program, please send them our way. 

     

    I am working with the Co-Superintendents to plan out the best approach to 1) hire additional staff, 2) meet the goals of ELOP, our promising new expanded learning funding source, and also 3) honor the needs of families who do not fall into the categories that ELOP prioritizes for enrollment (priority categories include students experiencing homelessness, foster youth, designated English Learners, and students who qualify for Free and Reduced Price Meals). Learn more about ELOP on our website.

     

    Families who do not fall into one of the categories that ELOP prioritizes for enrollment may wish to consider exploring back-up child care options so that they are covered. 

     

    We are doing all we can to ensure that Kids Care can serve as many families as possible in the coming year.

     

     

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  • Meet Rebecca

    Posted by Rebecca Hachmyer on 3/14/2023

    Greetings! In August of 2020, I joined the OAUSD team at the height of the pandemic. It has been a non-stop adventure ever since. After 2.5 years of this wild ride, I figure that I should stop and introduce myself.

    My name is Rebecca Hachmyer and I am the Director of Child Development for OAUSD. I grew up down the road in Sebastopol and have lived in Petaluma for almost 15 years. In between, I earned a multiple subject teaching credential from UC Davis (Go Aggies!), completed a MA in children’s literature at Simmons College in Boston, and then returned to Sonoma County in 2007 to teach.

    After a stint teaching middle school, I moved into the world of expanded learning. There I fell in love with the field of early child care and education (ECE) and school-age care. After several years in preschool and after-school programs, I joined UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education to research best practices in the field. As a Graduate Student Researcher I worked for CalTeach Berkeley. As a Graduate Student Instructor and then an Adjunct Lecturer, I have taught in the Berkeley Teacher Education Program, the Early Childhood Studies Department at SSU, and in the Department of Special Education at SJSU's Connie L. Lurie College of Education. 

    At Berkeley, I became especially energized by what Self Determination Theory and Moral Domain Theory can teach us about student engagement and classroom management in formal and informal learning spaces. With my doctoral candidacy currently on pause (still in search of just the right dissertation project), I love the opportunity to be back in a practitioner role at OAUSD putting theory into practice. Every day I am excited to solve problems, to implement the ideas that inspired me at Cal, and to bring the strategies of higher ed teaching/coaching to my role as a manager. I am most excited to have the chance to impact the day-to-day experiences of preschool and school-age students and the educators who support them. 

    I am a proponent of fostering greater equity and social justice in classrooms, of emergent and experiential learning, and of building partnerships-- not silos-- in support of students. I am the proud Co-Chair of the Child Care Planning Council, I sit on the committee for UC Davis's Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature, and I was a co-host on Rad Child Podcast, where I got to talk about the intersection of children's books and social justice. I am the parent of an athletic, creative, and empathetic nine-year-old, and I love the mountains and also the beach. I look forward to continuing to grow the Child Development Department at OAUSD and to helping it become a model for true excellence in ECE and Expanded Learning and Care.

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