After school programs were developed from a need within the community to assist families that needed a safe, supervised environment for their children during the before and after school hours. The goal of this program is to provide the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development that children need in order for them to be successful. After school programs are affordable programs that are held during before and after school at 148 elementary and middle schools with 12,218 enrolled. Both programs offer supervision and a variety of enrichment activities for children, kindergarten through 8th grade, and a daily snack is provided. Each program plans daily activities such as homework assistance, academic enrichment, art, crafts, and games, outside games and field trips. Program fees are approved by the school district. HOST accepts School Readiness Child Care Certificates and are primarily staffed by a combination of district certified teachers, college students, as well as local high school On the Job Training (OJT) students and retired personnel. All staff members are screened, processed, and fingerprinted through the school district’s human resources department. All students are carefully supervised and are only released to authorized persons indicated on the registration form.
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