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Aftercare signups start

Submitted by on 1, April 23, 2009 – 6:00 amNo Comment

logoaikKindergarten parents in the East End cleared a major hurdle a few months back when they convinced the school board to add classes in order to ease some serious overcrowding. But they told the board they had one more worry: Whether the additional kids would stress their schools’ limited aftercare resources.

I checked in with the nice folks over at Alameda Island Kids, who started their enrollment process Saturday (they provide care at Bay Farm, Edison, Earhart, Franklin, Lum and Otis). As of Wednesday, they had a wait list at Otis and a few more spots at Edison (where I understand there was a line in the predawn hours).

“Everywhere else, there’s plenty of space,” Pam Williams, who heads the program out of Girls Inc., said.

The care provider started enrollment Saturday for new kindergarten students and existing kindergarten, first and second grade students; On May 6, they’ll open their enrollment up to everybody. Enrollment is open through June 10, and there’s a $50 non-refundable enrollment fee for all the kids the programs have space for.

Aftercare has become a major issue for Edison and Otis, both schools where the kindergartens were overenrolled enough to support additional classes. (Edison now has four kindergarten classes, and Otis, five.) Parents told the school board they didn’t want the district to boot Island Kids from its space in order to accommodate the additional kindergartners. The district opted to place portables at each school to ease the overflow (and they’re doing some space sharing at Edison, too).

Island Kids has been providing aftercare at the schools for a quarter century.

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