Center in Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
950 Cropwell Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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The mission of the School Age Child Care Program is to provide a safe, affordable, nurturing environment for Cherry Hill children who need before-school and after-school care. The children shall have opportunities to choose activities designed to promote their physical, mental, social and emotional development in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
In appreciation of the staff of the districts School Age Child Care (SACC) and Student Enrichment Programs (STEP), the Cherry Hill Board of Education recently recognized Mrs. Kathy Mueller, SACC Coordinator, and Mr. Ed Klitz, STEP Coordinator.
The recognition coincided with Gov. Jon Corzines proclamation of Thursday, October 22, as Lights On Afterschool Day in recognition of New Jerseys commitment to innovative after-school programs and activities that ensure that the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school.
Here in Cherry Hill, we are extremely fortunate to offer quality programs that provide a safe, affordable and nurturing environment for students who need before-school and after-school care, said Dr. David Campbell, Superintendent of Schools.
In addition to the districts school age childcare program – or SACC – which operates in each elementary school, Cherry Hill also operates an extended day child care program for kindergarten students, as well as several Student Enrichment programs that provide varied opportunities for recreation, socialization, and intellectual development.
The district is proud to participate in Lights on Afterschool Day, which promotes the importance of quality after-school programs, Dr. Campbell said. The SACC, EDCC, and STEP programs have grown and flourished in our district and – thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm, creativity, and leadership of our staff – we support our families by ensuring that the children who participate are safe and productive after the regular school day ends.
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The focus of the Before and After school program is the education of social skills. The before-school program provides a warm welcome to the school setting. Caring supervision and materials are provided so the child can play quiet games, do homework or read, use art supplies and talk with friends. They are welcome to bring breakfast to eat (no food will be provided in the morning). Each morning there is a short time for outdoor play in nice weather or games indoors in bad weather.
In the after-school program the daily schedule provides a balance of active and quiet activities in individual, small group and large group settings. Child-initiated and adult-directed activities occur indoors and out. Milk or juice is provided each day at snack time. Parents are encouraged to provide nourishing snacks that encourage healthy choices. Occasionally, the children make their own snack as part of a nutrition activity. If your child requires a special diet please send a snack from home. The mixed age grouping of children in each school fosters the development of initiative, leadership, responsibility, cooperation and respect for others. It mirrors a family or neighborhood play situation.