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My 10 year old daughter (5th grade) attends a public school
in El Cerrito. Luckily, we have a spot in the after school
program at her school, and always have. Unfortunately, she
hates her after school program, and she doesn't get much out
of it actually. It's loud, and even though there is
structure, the time they get for homework is not productive,
nor is it monitored accurately so that she can get anything
done. This makes for stress on both of her working parents,
and mostly on her. We have long nights of finishing
homework, crying and drama.
My daughter is a great kid, gets excellent grades (tested
into the GATE program) and is really into getting her
homework done...would rather do that than participate in the
sports/social elements of her after school program which by
the way, we pay 397.00 per month for. She gets SO frustrated
with all the craziness there. Too much energy, I think.
My question is this: does anybody know of an after school
childcare alternative for a situation like this? I don't
want her walking alone to a babysitter's house, but we're
working when school gets out and need her to be somewhere
safe and where she can relax and then get some help with
homework without costing us a fortune for 3 hours per day.
HELP! Ideas please?
My kids didn't do well in a noisy, crazy after school program, either. Since I
have three kids, I found the better solution was to have a babysitter pick them up
from school and take them to our house to do homework, relax, practice the piano,
and have down time. It was a much better solution for us.
Also, since you mentioned not wanting her to walk alone, I wanted to tell you
about a new service I just learned about specifically designed to shuttle our kids
around. It's called Shuddle and there is more information at www.shuddle.us - it's
kind of like Uber for kids.
Busy Berkeley Mom
I moved to El Cerrito last year, and I'm looking for a
kindergarten for my son from this fall. Also, I'm interested in
afterschool programs. Does any public kindergarten provide good
ps. Bacically, is registration of public kindergartens first-
come first-served system?
March is kindergarten sign-up month in El Cerrito. Go to this
link to determine your school:
Regarding before and aftercare, I hope someone can help me out
too. The before and aftercare offered by the city (info
available at the community center on Moeser Lane) is market
value and sliding scale, but full price is expensive. Does
anyone have any less expensive ideas that include transportation?
Try Casa de Ninos in El Cerrito, near Windrush. The director's
name is Dee Dee Julian, and it's a pretty good program. They
currently do pickup at Castro, Harding, and St. Johns, but might
be willing to consider other schools. Kindergarteners get lunch
after pick up, plus a warm snack, homework time, and the
opportunity to participate in a number of extra-curricular
activities (swimming, gymnastics, museum trips, etc). She also
runs a good summer program. Her # is (510) 232-0690
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