Child Care Options
District Researches Expanded Child Care Services
The Rush-Henrietta Central School District listened closely to parents regarding potential child care options that will be available to families once the Board of Education’s Full-Day Kindergarten and Enrollment Management Proposal is implemented beginning in Fall 2017. After these discussions, we believe it is possible for the district to offer before and after school care for students in grades K-6.
By reconfiguring our schools, the district has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address many concerns raised by parents and teachers in recent years. This includes more district-based child care opportunities before and after school. During Fall 2014, we shared with the community the potential to offer wrap-around care at what would become our new K-3 buildings (Crane, Fyle, Leary, Winslow). This would be in addition to the services provided through the Rush-Henrietta School Age Child Care Program. The school reconfiguration allows us to expand this program at a new location, providing room for more students.
We initially thought there would not be enough demand to provide child care programs in what would become our new 4-6 schools (Sherman and Vollmer). However, we have heard from parents at public forums and in e-mails to the district who have expressed an interest in this type of child care. Because of this, we are re-examining our options. Our ability to provide child care at 4-6 schools depends on the number of parents who choose to use these services. We will be doing a survey of parents in the fall to determine the need. If there isn’t enough demand for care at both Sherman and Vollmer, one site could be identified and students could be bused from their school to the child care site at the other building. There are several options available to us and these will be researched further as the demand for services becomes apparent.
We are confident that district-based child care will be available to students in grades K-6 in some fashion starting with the 2017-2018 school year. We won’t know where each of the child care sites will be located until our survey is completed in the fall. The cost of care also will depend on demand and those numbers won’t be available until after the survey.
Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback regarding this important proposal and its child care component.