Welcome to the district’s new and distinctive before and after-school child care offering for our K-5 children and their families! The reinvented KidsCare program is committed to developing settings that support the social-emotional, creative, and collaborative intelligence of the child. Through a child-driven and interest-based approach to recreational programming, it is our mission to highlight and develop each child’s innate strengths and talents. This program serves as the ideal complement to your child’s daily academic experiences as we strive as a district to support the whole child, the needs of our families, and the development of an inclusive, joyful, and close-knit community.
Program Focus Areas
Social and Emotional Competence
This is the heart and soul of our program. Activities in this domain relate to identity development, self-concept, emotional intelligence, self-regulation, self-care, mindfulness, interactions with peers, friendship development, conflict resolution, empathy, character development, citizenship, and more.
Creative Expression and the Arts
Activities in this domain should be considered provocations to explore artistic mediums, including drawing, painting, writing, performing, singing, dancing, acting, etc. We think about the "fine arts" and challenge children to express their creativity using new and exciting mediums.
Physical Activity and Movement
Let’s face it, most children love to move! They are also actively exploring their physical abilities, social connections with peers, and cognitive understandings relating to games and rules. Activities in this domain offer children opportunities to challenge themselves in both structured and unstructured ways. With access to the school gymnasiums, playgrounds, and multi-purpose rooms, we are definitely going to keep their bodies moving.
Natural World/Ecological Connections
Children tend to have an innate connection to the natural world. It is the goal of KidsCare to deepen this connection through activities that broaden the children's understanding of our natural environments. Activities in this domain could include leaf rubbing, bird watching, cloud observation, gardening/planting, and anything else that the children are responding to while outdoors.
Community Connections/Culturally Relevant Topics of Interest
One way we work to increase engagement is to identify topics of interest that are meaningful and relevant to the children we work with through observation. We listen to the children and what they tell us about who they are as human beings. We support their investigations, research together, and invite special guests to come in. Our program fosters curiosity and connects with the larger community.