Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Beginning this coming September, for the 2010-2011 school year, the Great Neck School District will offer before school and after school child care for elementary school children in the district. The program, which will be paid for by parents of each child attending, will be provided by SCOPE. A one-year contract was authorized by the Board of Education.
Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz explained that the school district began to look in to this childcare possibility about two years ago, due to requests by parents. She said that SCOPE was the one childcare provider that the district felt was the most “feasible” and the one most able to meet the district’s needs. Ms. Berkowitz reported that SCOPE has been able to tailor its program to meet the needs in Great Neck.
Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan noted that the elementary school principals were already working with SCOPE, to check out features of each school building. He, too, emphasized how “responsive” SCOPE has been to the needs and requests of the community.
However, Dr. Dolan did report that, due to state law pointed out by SCOPE, SCOPE will not be permitted to provide pre-K students (who attend universal pre-K and a half-day enrichment) with both morning and afternoon day care. New York State says that 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. is too long a school day for 4-year-old children. A child will be able to attend three out of the four programs, but not all four.
SCOPE childcare programs will be offered at each of the school district’s elementary school sites, including Parkville Pre-K and Kindergarten. Even though the program begins on Sept. 7, 2010, due to the length of time required for licensing, SCOPE will not be able to provide childcare this summer. The program runs for two hours preceding the start of the school day, and then again from dismissal to 6:30 p.m., at all sites.
The payment schedule calls for an a.m. minimum monthly payment of $125 if a child attends 10 or fewer scheduled days per month, and with a child allowed to attend additional days at $12.50 a day. The a.m. full-time monthly payment is $214, with the child attending every day. The p.m. minimum monthly payment is $156, for children attending 10 or fewer scheduled days per month; a child may attend additional days at a rate of $15.60 per day. For the full-time p.m. program, the monthly rate is $272, with the child attending every day. For the a.m./p.m. full-time monthly program, with the child attending before and after school every day, the monthly rate is $471.
The program will include the a.m. program from 7 to 9 a.m. every day. The probable schedule will run as follows: attendance, breakfast from home for 15 minutes, study time from 45 minutes to an hour, and active play from 45 minutes to an hour.
The p.m. program will run from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. every day. This will include a 15-minute snack time, study time for 45 minutes to an hour, active play from 45 minutes to an hour, a special activity from 45 minutes to an hour, and then another 15-minute snack time.
The SCOPE program is available to all elementary school students living in the Great Neck School District. Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis, with a waiting list established where necessary. All staff will have mandatory training and licensing, with one adult for every 10 children enrolled. For drop-off and pick-up, each child must be escorted into the program, signed in, and escorted out and signed out by a pre-approved adult who has photo identification.
There will be security at each SCOPE site.
SCOPE will also operate during future summers. If there is enough interest, they will also provide childcare for half-days off from school and over vacation periods. At such times, though, it might be necessary to combine sites.
The SCOPE program is signed for one year. Ms. Berkowitz said that at the end of the year, the school board will re-evaluate the program.