Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

May 9, 2014

Latchkey program registration now

The Batesville Community School Corp. will again offer an after school child care program for children in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year, reports Melissa Burton, director of student learning.

The program, often referred to as Latchkey, is held at Batesville Primary School and is in operation from 3-6 p.m. on days school is in session.

Students in grades K-6 who attend BCSC and St. Louis School may register. Batesville Middle School, Batesville Intermediate School and St. Louis School students ride their regular buses to BPS after school.

Latchkey coordinators Mari Mause and Shannon Wilson are excited about their enrollment so far. “We currently have 21 kids signed up for the program and expect that number to grow,” Mause said. Children may attend Latchkey either full or part time, as long as the schedule is consistent. “We ask that parents sign up for at least two days a week if their child attends part time. It helps us keep track of who to expect from day to day,” she explained.

Wilson described a typical afternoon. “We start with free time in the room while we wait for all of the kids to get out of class. The kids are free to spend their time coloring, reading or playing with toys or games. Once everyone has had a chance to unwind, we have our snack and then we help the kids with homework. Once homework is finished, we head to the gym or the playground, depending on the weather. We usually end our day in the computer lab, which the kids love.”

Feedback from parents and kids alike has been very positive. “Parents have told us that their children wake up asking if it’s a ‘Latchkey Day’ so that makes us feel good,” said Wilson. Mause and Wilson have 20 years of child care experience and five children between them so this is a natural fit. “We love seeing the kids every day and getting to know them. We have a great group and, despite their varied ages, they play together really well so that’­s been nice.”

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