Kids Club – A playdate at your child’s school!
Child centered – Engaging staff – Child initiated clubs – Choice environment – Mixed aged setting
HOW IT ALL STARTED
In 1984, Community Day Care piloted a before-school program at Burns Park Elementary for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. In the spring of 1985, the Ann Arbor Board of Education approved the operation of before- and after-school care programs in all public schools based on the experience of this pilot study. In winter 2008 we began discussion with Ann Arbor Learning Community and started a new program there in the fall of 2009. We currently run programs at Ann Arbor Learning Community, Lawton and Burns Park Elementary Schools.
WHO WE ARE
Kids Club’s philosophy is all children should explore their environment in ways that are meaningful to them. The environment is warm and loving, allowing for the exercise of creativity and imagination. It provides many opportunities for children to more fully develop their own interests and abilities. Many of these opportunities are provided through child initiated, staff guided clubs. Clubs examples are, community service, theatre, art, food, spy clubs. Staff strive to be sensitive to each child’s developmental needs, while fostering a positive self-image. Clubs offer children the opportunity to learn important skills and are a great way for them to learn about their roles in groups, achieve success outside of academics, and gain personal responsibility and accountability. Kids Club provides a fun and exciting structure for children and gives them many opportunities to develop social and emotional competence.
As part of CDC’s mission, we offer financial assistance to families who qualify. Scholarships are limited, and are approved by the board of directors scholarship committee.
PROCESS & ELIGIBILITY
You must be employed and/or enrolled in school or a job training program (includes local community colleges, technical programs, high school completion, etc.). Undergraduate students with a proven history of low-income attending four-year academic institutions may be eligible. Graduate students are not eligible. You must contact your local Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine your eligibility for their Child Daycare Program as well as Child Care Network (CCN).
Scholarship award amounts will depend upon each applicant’s childcare schedule and fees. Scholarships are designed to pay a portion of the total childcare cost for each child. The parent(s) is expected to pay the remaining portion. A payment must be received prior to awarding the scholarship. Scholarships are paid out every three months to ensure all families have equal opportunity to apply. A reduction of childcare hours will reflect a change in the scholarship awarded. If a family is three (3) months in arrears, attendance will be discontinued until the past due payment is made.