Before/Afterschool Care

  • What's Happening to Kids Care in the Fall?

    We understand that families have many questions regarding Kids Care programs in the fall. While it is too early to know how the health conditions in our area may change over the course of the next few months, OAUSD will be developing plans for different scenarios for offering care. Thank you for your patience.

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    Fall Enrollment - 5/19/20 - All Kids Care programs appear to be full. We are still accepting applications for our wait lists and will let families know if/when a space becomes available.
    Kids Care 2020-21 Registration - Wait List
    Kids Care 2020-21 Inscripción - Lista de espera

    Returning families- If you returned your registration forms prior to Spring Break you do not need to complete this application. However, if you did not return your registration forms, you need to complete the application to add your child(ren) to the wait list.

    2020-21 Kids Care Registration Information
    Space in Kids Care programs is extremely limited. 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 and grade level space availability. This helps to ensure that student safety and staffing ratios are met. When students enrolled in Kids Care, you are contracting for the entire school year for the specific days of the week. We understand that changes to contracted enrollment days can arise for a variety of reasons. The Site Manager will work to accommodate changes IF grade level space and staffing is available.

    IMPORTANT: Submission of a Kids Care registration form and registration fee to anyone other than the Site Manager may delay processing of enrollment requests

    Registration Fee:  An annual non-refundable registration fee of $25 per family is due upon acceptance into Kids Care.

    Note: Students must be enrolled in the school before applying for Kids Care.  However, enrollment in school does not guarantee space in Kids Care, this includes incoming TK and Kinder students.

    Important Kids Care News - Program Changes

    Annual contract - When you register your child(ren) you are contracting for Kids Care services for specific days of the week and for the entire school year. This applies to both before and after school programs. (*Note: ALL students enrolled in the La Tercera and Miwok Valley Kids Care after school programs are expected to attend the program 5 days per week for the full range of program hours as required by the California Department of Education ASES funding guidelines.) We are NOT a drop-in program.

    • 10 monthly contracts - Kids Care fee structure is based on the daily rate for 180 school days and is divided over 10 months (August-May/June) 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.
    • Minimum 2 days per week - One day per week option is no longer available.
    • Changes to your contract - A new contract must be completed and signed if you need/want to make any changes to your contract. Changes to contracts are allowed only if space is available.
    • Withdrawal from program - If you find that you no longer need the services of Kids Care, you must notify the Site Manager in writing, by the 10th of the month to withdraw from the program for the following month. If notice of withdrawal is not given by the 10th of the month, the next monthly payment is required. 
    • No Care Needed - The option to hold your space for 1 calendar month is no longer available.

    ProCare - Paying your monthly fees through our financial management system, Tuition Express, is fast, easy and we do not charge any transaction fees. You may pay your monthly contract fees by setting up recurring monthly payments using a debit/credit card or ACH withdrawal. More information to follow prior to the 2020/21 school year.

    Scholarship applications are available from Kids Care Site Managers. A limited number of scholarships are available at each Kids Care location.  Income verification required.

    Program Fees
    When students are enrolled in Kids Care, parents/guardians are reserving the time, space, staffing and program materials for the students, whether they attend or not. Monthly fees are set annually by the Old Adobe Board of Trustees.

    Kids Care fee structure is based on the total number of school days (180) in the year and is divided over 10 months (August - May/June) 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.  In other words, there is no additional fee charged for months with more school days and no reduction of fees for months with fewer days, including those months with Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks.

    Refund Policy
    Refunds or adjustments will not be made for changes to or withdrawal from the program, absences, illnesses, holidays, vacations, natural disasters, emergency school closures, public health emergencies or suspensions. All payments are non-refundable.

    Payments are due on the 20th of the month prior to service. We accept, cash, checks, debit and credit card payments. A late fee of $25 applies after the 25th of the month and is clearly noted on the Kids Care contract. Failure to pay fees by the 1st of the month may result in the student being ineligible to attend the program until all fees are current.

    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 teach special classes such as magic, gymnastics, cartooning, yoga 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.

    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. A contract is 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.

    Healthy Snack/Meal

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

    Students at 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 La Tercera, 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
    1600 Albin Way, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Cynthia Granato
    707-765-4354 z

    Loma Vista Kids Care
    207 Maria Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Jeremy Moreno

    Miwok Valley Kids Care
    1010 St. Francis Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Helen Bond

    Old Adobe Kids Care
    2856 Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954
    Site Manager: Ofelia Reynoso

    Sonoma Mountain Kids Care
    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. 

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