Kids Care Expanded Learning Program
All Kids Care programs are full.
We are continuing to hire and will accept students from the waiting list into the progam as soon as we have staff in place. Thank you for your patience.
Please be aware that we fill open vacancies from the waiting lists 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.
We are now accepting registration for the 2017-18 school year.
Kids Care centers will be open on August 9 - 11 from 1:00-5:00 to accept registration forms, August/September contracts & payments and to answer any questions.
NOTE: Kids Care is closed for all school holidays and on Friday, December 22, 2017; Friday, May 11, 2018; and Friday, June 1, 2018 for staff development.
Registration forms, monthly contracts and Parent Handbooks are available on the website and at all Kids Care centers.
We are happy to announce that the 2017-18 program fees are remaining the same.
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).
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
- Keysight Technology Engineering - 3rd - 6th grade - rotational program
- Circle of Sisters - Wednesday - 4th - 6th grade - La Tercera only
- Scratch Coding and/or Minecraft
- Kidding Around Yoga - Loma Vista
- Ukuelele - Miwok, La Tercera
- Taekwondo - La Tercera
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.
Eligibility and Enrollment
Our program sites are open to ALL students enrolled in the district. Bussing is available between sites, however this requires a bus pass to/from the chosen sites for an additional fee. Space availability is not guaranteed at all locations. Please contact our site managers for availability for your preferred location.
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 the Kids Care Center. Registration forms are available at any Kids Care, the Child Development Department Office at Loma Vista.
Occasionally demand exceeds capacity. When this happens students are placed on a wait list. Families will be contacted when an opening becomes available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Note: All Kids Care After School Program sites will be closed on Friday, May 12, 2017 for Staff Appreciation Day. The Before School Program will be open as usual. Please mark your calendars.
Early Release Policy - La Tercera and Miwok Programs
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.
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 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 meat/meat alternative, fruit, vegetable, grain/bread and milk. All students enrolled in La Tercera, Loma Vista, and Miwok Valley after school programs receive a free supper (also called after school snack) as part of the after school program.
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
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.