The Live Oak School District-Child Development Program offers an After School Child Care Program for K-5 students who attend Live Oak, Del Mar and Green Acres Elementary Schools. This program operates a year round program September through June, (which includes a summer camp in July and August). The District provides free and low cost tuition to families who are eligible (based on the families’ income and the need for child care). Families can also sign up for care with standard tuition fees. We offer 2, 3 or 5 day per week participation in the program. The California Department Of Education, Child Development Division (CDD), Santa Cruz County Human Resource Agency (HRA) & The Santa Cruz County Voucher Project, as well as family tuition fees provide the funding for our program.
As in our State Preschool Program, the After School Program implements the Desired Results Evaluation system to ensure program quality. The staff interview, observe and assess students in key areas. The 2 desired results domains to which all CDE-funded child care and development programs are expected to contribute are:
Domain 1: Self and Social Development
Domain 2: Health
There are 13 measures in total that the after school staff use to observe and assess our after school students. The measures are specific to each domain.
ASES (After School Education & Safety) Program
The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter approved initiative, Proposition 49. ASES Program funds the establishment of local after school education and enrichment programs. These programs are created to provide literacy and academic enrichment and safe constructive activities for students.
We are pleased to announce that beginning in February 2007 and again in October 2010, the Live Oak School District was awarded a state ASES grant. This funding provides Live Oak, Green Acres, and Del Mar Elementary Schools with an after-school enrichment and academic support program for students who qualify. This program operates on school days only (excluding winter, spring & summer), until 6:00pm.
Due to the high demand for this program, the ASES Program recruits students who are in the 1st-5th grade, and who need additional academic support according tho their annual test scores. Enrollment is based on principal and teacher referrals, and then if positions are still available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Our goal for the ASES Program is to provide a fun, safe, supportive and stimulating environment for students who are in need of extra academic assistance. We believe that students who participate in the ASES Program will increase their overall success in school, improve their test scores, and will make safer choices outside of school.
All after school students receive daily homework assistance. Our dedicated staff maintains daily contact with families and classroom teachers. This communication helps create a safe, educational and nurturing environment for the children. It also builds a strong bond between home and school.
Our Outstanding Staff
The Child Development After School Program staff is made up of a team of Site Supervisors, Master Teachers, and Classroom Assistants. Each position title requires a specific level of education and experience working with young children in a classroom setting. At each elementary school site, district staffs a Site Supervisor, Master Teachers and several part-time assistants. We feel very strongly that low teacher-child ratios are critical for providing an effective program.
Our staff participates in extensive training in the areas of Health & Safety, Curriculum Development & Assessment, and Principals of Working with School Age Children, and Diversity in the Classroom, and Positive Discipline.
The District values parent input and participation. It has a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of families who provide their support in advising on programmatic and fiscal decisions, fundraising, family socials, and special events. We feel very fortunate to have so many wonderful families contribute to our program every year! If you would like to participate in our PAC meetings please call 462-1116 ext. 207.
Our summer camp program operates daily from mid June through the end of August from 7:30-5:45pm. The program offers a wide variety of opportunities for children to participate in activities such as: dance, cooking, art, computers, Tae Kwon Do, and physical fitness. In addition, we offer many community field trips to local beaches, libraries, museums, the Simpkins Swim Center, local parks, The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (bowling & miniature golf), Golf-Land Waterslides, Monterey Bay Aquarium and much more.