School Community Relations
Elementary Afterschool Programs
All Orange County Schools Elementary Afterschool Programs are 5-star rated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Childcare Division.
In our Afterschool programs, children are given the flexibility to make choices that best meet their particular needs for that day. Unlike a structured classroom, children are free to move about and explore activities of their choice. This is a place where children are allowed to be creative and imaginative through reading, arts and crafts, hands-on computer skills and much more. An afternoon snack is provided to all children after which homework, outdoor, playground activities and some group projects are involved. Homework is encouraged but self-directed. The Staff is available to answer questions; however they are monitoring activities for other children at the same time. Some children choose to simply relax with their friends or a good book, however all children are encouraged to engage in some form of physical play and fun. Throughout the afternoon at least four different activities and experiences are offered.
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The Afterschool Center serves children 5 days a week on most weeks. The SACC Programs follows Orange County Schools’ calendar. Therefore, the centers are closed on holidays and inclement weather days, some early dismissal days, and some teacher workdays. The Center operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.
The SACC program is designed to serve children who need care five days a week. We do not provide drop-in, or short term care. Separate fees and enrollment apply to each program session. Enrollment is limited in some programs and available on a first come, first serve basis. Children can be placed on a wait list. Pre-enrollment and mail-in is available for each program session. Call the School-Community Relations Office at 919 732-4166 to enroll or check with your child’s school office for an application.
A child may be registered for enrollment in the After-school program at any time when slots are available.
The number of full-time and occasional openings is determined by the Center’s license. When occasional slot openings occur, parents are contacted for enrollment on the basis of first come.
All information on application must be complete and kept current. Parents must provide changes and new information to the Registration Office as soon as possible concerning: emergency contacts, name changes, employers, and address and phone number changes.
Parents will be notified at the time of registration if the child/children have been accepted into the program. There are 125 full-time slots available at each Program Center. Ten (10) of the 125 slots are for occasional students. Occasional students must use the care at least five times a month to remain active.
2014-15 Afterschool Information
Full Day – Teacher Workdays
The Full Day Program occurs when school is closed for staff development, workshops, seminars, and parent conferences. Registration for Full Day Care for operating schools is required. This will allow staff to plan for snacks, activities and field trips. On Full Days if enrollment is low, programs from different schools may be combined. This information is shared with registrants once the enrollment numbers are available. Be sure you know where to take your child.
All children attending Full Day will need to pack a nutritious lunch and drink (no soft drinks) and a morning snack.
Teacher workdays and early dismissal days are listed on the program's billing schedule.
TEACHER WORKDAY INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS
If your child/children will be attending afterschool on the Early Dismissal days, complete the correct form and return it to the School Community Relations office by the due date listed on the form. Afterschool employees at the sites cannot accept registration.
Parents wishing to withdraw their child from an OCS afterschool program are required to give a two week notice and submit an Afterschool Withdrawal form. Telephone withdrawals are not accepted.