After School Express
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The “After School Express” is a comprehensive, affordable and licensed child care service by the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council conducted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. Strict staffing ratios are required and maintained. The program focuses on children attending grades K-8 in southern Rensselaer County.
The program is conducted by trained Boys & Girls Club professionals and focuses on three major core areas:
Education – Power Hour and Project Learn are nationally recognized and proven educational programs that provide homework help, tutoring and a variety of new and exciting high yield learning activities.
Health and Life Skills – Develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the competencies to lead a successful life.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation – A program designed to develop team work, sportsmanship and self-esteem, while teaching the importance of keeping yourself physically fit and healthy. Combines a variety of activities such as arts & crafts and board games, all of which are designed to encourage the children to express themselves, to enhance their creative abilities.
Your Child is Important – We offer After School Express with the objective of providing supervision and guidance at a time when you, as a parent/guardian, are unable to.
We Care – If you enrolled your child in this program it is because you care too. Please carefully read this pamphlet and go over some of the basic rules and behavior expectations with your child so he/she may continue to enjoy the benefits this program has to offer.
Be Courteous – We expect this of the children, therefore, we expect it of the parents and our staff. If you or your child has a problem please ask for a private consultation with our program supervisor. Your problem will be dealt with promptly and in a suitable manner.
When field trips are scheduled, permission slips and notification will be sent home and posted in advance. If you choose not to have your child participate, please make other arrangements for that day.
WALKING FIELD TRIPS
At the beginning of the school year, you will be asked to sign a permission slip for walking trips (close to the Club). These trips may take place any day or any time the staff decides. A note stating the place and time of return will be posted on the door so you will know where your child is, should you decide to pick him/her up early.
LOST/DAMAGED ARTICLE PROCEDURE
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County is not responsible for the loss/damage of personal belongings or funds, nor is it covered by insurance. Please do not allow your child to bring valuables to the program. No child will be allowed to bring electronic games or equipment to the program or Club.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday–Friday, 3:20 pm – 6:20 pm, during the school year. Upon dismissal from school, your child will be bused from school to the Boys & Girls Club. NO child will be allowed to leave the building until he/she is picked up and signed out by a pre-designated authorized adult. If a child is still not picked up by 6:20 pm, we will start notifying those authorized persons on your application and; if he/she still has not been picked up by 6:30 pm, the proper authorities will be notified. A late fee of $5 per every 5 minutes will be charged to those accounts once a child has been picked up late.
EARLY DISMISSAL, SCHOOL VACATION, AND NON-SCHOOL DAYS
On scheduled early dismissal days, our program will open early to accommodate the children at dismissal time
On these days (see school calendar for scheduled vacation), we will open at 8:00 am for registered “After-School Express” students only. Non-School Days the fee will be $25 per day, weekly vacations fee will be $125. On vacation days and weeks, the Club will provide an afternoon snack as well as a nutritional lunch at no extra cost.
RULES & GUIDELINES
We believe that our childcare program should be a “POSITIVE” growing experience for your child. Please help us to be able to continue with this standard by making your payments on a weekly basis and by reviewing basic rules of courteous behavior with your child.
Please take the time to review basic cooperative and courteous behavior with your child. If our staff should encounter behavioral difficulties with your child, you will be notified. Depending on the severity and number of occurrences, our staff will make the appropriate determination on a course of action to be taken. This may range from removing a child from a specified activity to suspension from the program.
Please do not allow your child to bring in any personal items such as games, electronic devices or toys. We will have adequate supplies to carry out the planned activities.
We ask that every person visiting or participating in activities at our facility to remove any headgear before entering the Club.