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
A message from the Out of School Time Director regarding Summer Camp and next school year:
Hello WCS Families,
Many of you have emailed regarding Summer Camp, as well as before and after care for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you for inquiring!
Enrollment for both will begin after April vacation, and priority is given to those already in the Program. Once I confirm that number, I will open up slots. Please know that I always try to accommodate as many families as possible, but must also follow staff to child ratios per the Department of Early Education and Care, in addition to other regulatory requirements.
Look for information regarding both next month! If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you ,
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.
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
Message from Out of School Time Director:
The Out of School Time kiddos and staff have been in the holiday spirit! So much fun decorating, making gingerbread houses, coloring, and finding where Jingles will end up next!
From all of the staff, Happy Holidays to all of WCS!
Updated OUT-OF-SCHOOL Time - Student & Family Handbook coming soon