Before- and after-school programs

Enfield - posted Aug, 05 2013

ENFIELD–With the new school year opening soon, and camp time winding down, now is the time for parents to enroll their children in ERfC School-Age Centers for before and after-school activities. Operated by Educational Resources for Children, Inc., ERfC School-Age Centers provide academic, enrichment, and recreational activities during the school year for children in kindergarten through grade eight. The School-Age Centers will open on Sept. 3, the first day of school. Centers are in four elementary schools and the middle school. The Barnard and Enfield Street Centers serve kindergartern through grade five students; Hazardville kindergarten through grade two; Eli Whitney grade three through five; and the JFK Center grade six through eight. All Centers are licensed by the CT Department of Public Health. In a survey of Enfield families conducted by ERfC in early spring of 2013, 68 percent indicated they need reliable out-of-school time activities for their children. In addition, parents indicated the top three priorities for afterschool activities included homework, academic support and small group tutoring and recreational activities. The ERfC survey was conducted by the non-profit agency to focus in on parent needs and the type of activities they want to see developed for their children in the new school year. All School-Age Centers provide supervised homework time and incorporate academics in all enrichment, recreational, health, service learning and cultural activities. After-school hours begin at the end of the school day and end at 6 p.m.; all Centers operate to the end of the school year in June, five days a week. Parents can also enroll their children in activities when school is closed for in-service days, half school days, conferences and during vacation days. There are 10 days when schools will release students at 1 p.m. for professional development or school conferences this year. This year, parents will be able to enroll their children in an extended after-school package to help with the number of early release days. All students must be pre-registered in order to attend a School-Age Center. A full calendar of days ERfC Centers will operate in the 2013-2014 school year is posted on the ERfC website at www.erfc.us. Parents can register for three days or five days a week in before or after school; only for before-school or after- school; or only for school closings. For middle school students, parents will be able to choose a two-day option linked with after-school activities offered by teachers. Students attending Crandall School can also attend the Barnard Center and Parkman students can attend the Enfield Street Center by calling the superintendent’s office for permission to ride the bus from their school to the Center in the district. With the superintendent’s permission, Parkman students who live in the Enfield Street School district are able to ride the bus to the Enfield Street Center for after school activities. The same is true for students attending Crandall School where the bus goes directly to Barnard School. Staff is available to assist parents to determine qualification and enrollment for all ERfC programs. The administrative office, located at 50 Post Office Road, Enfield, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. For more enrollment information, visit www.erfc.us or call the administrative office at 860-253-9935.


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