Royal Happenings: Schools offer several child care options

W-M Community Education offers Kids’ Company Child Care for children ages 3 through grade 6. Kids’ Company strives to work in cooperation with family, school, and the community to provide year-round preschool and school age child care in a nurturing environment by providing age appropriate activities to optimize development of social, physical, educational, recreational, and independence skills.

The program offers year round child care Monday through Friday, 12 months per year, for preschool children 3-5 years and school age children kindergarten through sixth grade . The program is housed at the W –M Community Education/Primary School, 313 Angel Avenue N.W., Watertown, MN 55388. Kids’ Company serves two age groups:

Preschool Kids’ Company Child Care (3-5 years)

Preschool Kids’ Company is open year round, Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Kids’ Company School Age Care (GR K-6)

During the traditional school year the program is available Monday – Friday, before school (6:45 a.m. until school begins) and after school (from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m.) and open from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. on School Release Days. During the summer months the program is available Monday – Friday from 6:15 – 6 p.m.

The Kids’ Company Child Care program operates as a self-sustaining program financed by parent enrollment fees. No school funds are used to support the Kids’ Company program.

The program is directed by the Community Education Director and managed by the Kids’ Company Coordinator and Kid’s Company Supervisor through the W-M Community Education program. Program Associates and Assistants hold Educational degrees and/or certifications. Staff members have a special combination of experience and professional expertise to provide responsive, supportive and respectful relationships with all children.

Kids’ Company Embarks on Accreditation

Kids’ Company is working on becoming nationally recognized and accredited through the MN Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) for school age child care programs and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the preschool child care program. Accreditation is the ultimate indication of program quality. It also provides preschool and school age care professionals with performance indicators, benchmarks of quality to guide program planning, implementation and evaluation. Families who choose accredited programs benefit from knowing that their children are in high quality care. Increasingly families look for accreditation as a ‘seal of approval’ that helps them select the finest care and education programs.

To register or for more information on Kids’ Company contact Amy Dimmler, Kids’ Company Coordinator at amy.dimmler@wm.k12.mn.us .

Royal Happenings is a weekly feature of the Carver County News. Content is provided by Watertown-Mayer teachers, staff and students.

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