Out of School Time Program
Welcome to the Out of School Time Program
Westport Elementary & Macomber Primary Schools
Servicing students in grades K to 6
Message from Out of School Time Director:
Here we are already in October! Although there were some staffing challenges in the beginning of the school year, we can now say we have an amazing and dedicated team!
We have welcomed Miss Gabby, Miss Laura, Miss Emma, Miss Pimental (TA at the WES), and will welcome Miss Sue and Miss Gianna on Monday . All are kind, compassionate, and so very patient with these kiddos! Exciting things are coming, so stay tuned for many, many more updates and highlights!
As always, thank you to every parent and guardian, as well as the administration and district staff, who have been patient, understanding, and supportive through this transition. I will be highlighting a staff member each week, so that you can get to know these amazing people .
Enjoy the Sunshine,
Beginning on August 30th, the Extended Day Program will be changing its name to the WCS Out of School Time Program (OST Program). Using this name is more reflective of what we do both before and after school, as a common misconception is that we provide additional academics as an extension of the school day. Below is an explanation from the CDC on what these programs are, as well as how important they are to the communities and youth being served.
"Out of School Time (OST) is a supervised program that young people regularly attend when school is not in session. This can include before- and after- school programs on a school campus or facilities such as academic programs (e.g., reading or math focused programs), specialty programs (e.g., sports teams, STEM, arts enrichment), and multipurpose programs that provide an array of activities (e.g., 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs).
About 7.7 million US children head to after school programs when the school day ends. Young people who stay for after-school programming spend a large part of their waking hours on the school campus. OST programs provide youths with safety and supervision. Research shows that some OST programs can support student academic achievement and may play a role in reducing health disparities. Additionally, programs that follow evidence-based practices aimed at improving personal and social skills of youths are linked with positive social behaviors".
-The Center for Disease Control
I have already received many inquiries regarding when we will begin enrollment for the upcoming school year. This will take place over the next two weeks, so thank you in advance for your patience.
Director- WCS Extended Day Program
Welcome Message From The Director
Thank you for choosing Westport Community Schools (WCS) Out of School Time Program. We are committed to provide quality childcare and enrichment experiences that promote growth and success in a safe, compassionate and nurturing environment. The WCS Out of School Time Program provides Westport Community School students in grades K-7 with extracurricular activities in a safe enrichment environment.
If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to tour the program first-hand to see if it is appropriate for your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We are excited to say that we will be opening up both morning afternoon slots soon, so watch for more information to follow. Please view our Parent Handbook regarding information on Tuition Rates and Program Hours of Operation.
Director, WCS Out of School Time Program
The Out of School Time Program operates under the supervision of the Director, Lead Child Care Educator, Child Care Educators and Childcare Assistants who participate in Department of Early Education Care training and are very experienced working with youth. Several staff have earned their degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary and Secondary Education. All are CPR and First Aid certified.