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Our three children will attend Harding Elementary next year, and I am wondering if any one out there can offer some insight into the Afterschool Program, as well as any other insights or comments about the school in general. Our kids will attend the on-site Afterschool, and because it is run by the City of El Cerrito, I am a bit hesitant. We have not been impressed with their school-run programs in the past, and I am wondering what it is like at Harding. In addition, what is the school culture? How are the teachers? Kids? Parents? Thank you for any information you can share! Because they will be new, and not starting in kindergarten, I appreciate any insights you can share with me. -Kati
(2)There is also low cost/free childcare available for families who are low-income. This grant-funded program includes all of the above plus offers after school tutoring/academic intervention. For kids who are struggling academically, it provides extra help. Children receive a healthy snack in the cafeteria and then are escorted to small group tutoring. After tutoring, they go back to join the other kids. Tutoring is also provided for kids who are not low-income.
(3)The Harding After School Enrichment program is a partnership between the PTA and the City. K-6 students take a variety of classes: dance, guitar, tennis, chess, science, etc. The offerings change each term and there is a fee for each class. The PTA and city also provide scholarships for any student who cannot afford the fees.
All 3 of these programs use the Harding campus and the integration is fairly seamless. My kids absolutely love the enrichment classes and my son met his best friend in the on-site after school program. It's not perfect (what is?) but when compared to most of the schools in the district, I think this is one of the strongest, most diverse (in terms of what is offered) and most affordable programs around. Harding mom
Our 4 year old will be starting up kindergarten at Madera School in El Cerrito in September 2008. After years of full time daycare and preschool, the short school day seems so short! How have other parents with full-time jobs dealt with this? Can you give me feedback about your experience with the El Cerrito (or other) after school care programs? Thanks! Mom of soon to be big kid
I have signed my daughter up for the JCC kindergarten after care program, Center Stage, in North Berkeley. She will be attending kindergarten at Harding Elementary in El Cerrito in the Fall and needs to have transporation from Harding to the JCC 3 days / week at 11:50. The JCC needs to have 3 or more kids from each school in order to schedule a pick up. I would love to hear from any other Harding families who are signed up for the same program or would consider it. You can go to their website to get more info and print out an application http://www.jcceastbay.org/jcc/center_stage.htm. It's suppossed to be a great program, open to everyone and serves the Albany, Berkeley and WCC schools. Additionally, If anyone has any suggestions for a transporatation service I might use that would pick my daughter up from school and take her to the JCC after kindergarten gets out I would love to hear about it. Thanks, Nicole
I've checked past postings, but wonder whether anyone has more recent experience or advice about after school programs for a first grader? We live in El Cerrito and our son is to go to Mira Vista Elementary School in the fall as a first grader. The Y runs an after school program at Mira Vista. But we are wondering about other options in the area. For example, we are considering the possibility of sending him to the after school program at Castro Elementary. We're also looking at private after school programs but have not found many so far. Another issue will be transportation between school and after school. We've heard of ''A Car 4 Kids,'' which provides transportation but wonder if anyone knows of other providers . We appreciate any information or tips you may have. (We have not found much current information in the postings.) Thanks very much. Debora
My child will be a kindergartener next year, possibly at Harding Elementary in El Cerrito. I will require before and after school care and have looked into the rec. center program at Harding Park. I was shocked to find out that this program will cost $850 per month! Do any current parents using this program have insights about this program, thus warranting the very high cost for part time care? I'd appreciate the feedback. The last review was not favorable and a few years old. Thanks!
Harding Park works fine for most of the parents I know but if you have concerns about the program, I would suggest looking at other alternatives such as hiring someone to provide care (perhaps sharing with another family to reduce the cost?) or looking at home-based preschools that offer after-school spots. I have heard good things about De Los Ninos near Del Norte BART too. Also, just so people know, not all elementary schools in El Cerrito have the option of on-site after school care. Fairmount students are transported over to Harding Park in a van for after school care.
My daughter will possibly attend Harding Elementary in El Cerrito next Fall. I am looking for before and afterschool programs besides the recreation department. I'm in shock at the cost of this program and imagine that there must be other alternatives close to school. Thanks.
There is also a family day care called ''A Mother's Care'' near the school. The owner, Colene Turrell, has a few after school spots for kindergarteners. It is a Waldorf-based program. She reads books and does artwork, crafts, and sometimes bakes or gardens with the kids. I don't know what her fees are but if you would like to check it out, her e-mail cturrell AT sbcglobal.net
I wanted to suggest a low-cost alternative. I know of at least one SAHM at Harding who gets paid to bring another child home with her every day from school. She wants to be at home with her children because her youngest is a toddler but she needs to makes some extra income. Her ''client'', a single working mom, needs to work so she has a place for her that is cheaper than an after school rec program.
You may want to consider which friends or neighbors are planning to go to Harding for kindergarten and ask how they would feel about this kind of an arrangement. Also, I think if you pay the registration fee which is around $50, Harding Park will let you do pay-as-you-go drop-in so that gives you a backup in case of emergency.
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 program? ps. Bacically, is registration of public kindergartens first- come first-served system? New comer
Hi, My daughter is in K at Harding Elementary in El Cerrito. Though she/we love her teacher, kindergarten in this district is released at 11:50 a.m., thus necessitating, for our family, after-school care. She is currently enrolled in the after-school care program run by the city of El Cerrito, which has been, to say the least, disappointing for us, and not at all cheap. Does anyone know of a good, dependable, affordable afterschool program that would pick my daughter up at Harding and provide her with a reasonable amount of enrichment and kindness until 5:30 p.m.?
Re: Afterschool care for Harding Kindergartener
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