Home School Connection After School Program

 

hsc LogoEleanor JacksonEleanor Jackson, Program Director

Educators, and parents alike, are discovering that quality after school child care is essential to continued academic and social development and growth for school-aged children. The Home School Connections After School Program desires to be a necessary component of the vital relationship between home and school to foster positive, lasting, memories, impressions and experiences for children and their families.


Objectives*


Provide a safe and fun place for children after school

Provide opportunities for building skills that enhance learning

Provide opportunities to belong and be a part of a positive community

Provide opportunities to build strong relationships

Provide an experience or expand exposure to arts, culture, life skills and recreation

Provide opportunities to build leadership skills

Provide opportunities to make connections with peers


Types of Activities*


Tutoring & Homework Help- These activities should expand on children’s learning throughout their school day. They enhance a child’s education in new, fun, interactive, and real-life ways. This may include activities specifically targeting students whose academic performance has been deemed to be in need of improvement.

The Arts- These activities will focus on various methods of creative expression. This may include music, dance, and various arts and crafts projects.

Community Service & Civic Responsibility- These activities are characterized by defined and structured service tasks performed by the children. They are designed to increase local and global community awareness and engagement.

Social Skills & Character Education- These activities are designed to help, guide, and assist the children in making good decisions, reinforcing ethical values, promoting positive behaviors, and encouraging positive interactions with others. Additionally, it will strengthen emotional and physical wellness.

Recreation- These activities are not academic in nature, but rather, allow time for the children to relax and play. Sports, clubs, and games will promote teamwork, leadership, healthy competition, and discipline.

 


Logic Model*
To measure and prove the desired goals, objectives an outcomes of the program, a basic logic model will be used.

Program Goals: What is the program trying to accomplish?

Program Elements: What are the strategies and activities utilized to achieve these goals?

Desired Short-Term: Outcomes What positive results can be expected within one year?

Desired Long-Term Outcomes: What positive results can be expected after one year?

Data Sources and Performance Measures
What data sources will you use to evaluate progress?
What will you measure?
How will the data be used to evaluate and improve the program?


Intentional Programming*
As a quality monitoring and improvement tool, the following will be used for all programming and activities:


What is the purpose of this activity?

Does the purpose align with program objectives and goals?

Does the activity meet the participants needs?

What will the participants learn?

What outcomes do we want to achieve?

How will this activity help the participants to develop?


Program Hours
HSC After school program will run from 3:00pm-6:00pm, Monday-Friday.


 Tentative Programming Schedule:

3:00pm-3:30pm Arrival

3:30pm-4:30pm Snack & Homework/Tutoring/Enrichment

4:30pm-5:30pm Activities

5:30pm-6:00pm Homework & Pick-up


Transportation


HSC After school program will provide transportation from school to the program site. All participants must be picked up by an authorized, parent, guardian or designee by 6pm.


Tuition


Tuition will be charged monthly for all after school program youth. Tuition will continue to be $360 per month for each child. Tuition will be paid by the 5th of each month. If tuition is not paid by the 5th, a $10 late fee will apply. If tuition is paid after the 15th of the month a $20 late fee will apply. HSC Camp/HSC Alumni discounts, limited scholarships, and childcare subsidies will be accepted at the discretion of the Program and administrative Staff.


Staffing*
Desired Ratio:


 

        1:8 - 1:10, plus 2 additional aides

        2:16 - 2:20, plus 3 additional aides

        3:24 - 3:30, plus 4 additional aides

Staff can be a combination of direct employees, youth bureau workers, volunteers and college students. Exploration and solicitation of available instructors for music, sewing, various workshops, dance, etc. will be utilized as allowed for by the Program budget.

(*Adaptations from Beyond the Bell, Third Edition, Principal’s Guide to Effective After School Programs, and Yale University-Greater New Haven After School Programs Guide)