AYS Opens Virtual Learning Center for Washington Township Students

AYS (At Your School) is known for their before and after school child care offerings within schools and fun summer camps. AYS just announced that they’ll be opening a Virtual Learning Center at John Strange Elementary School.

Childcare with E-Learning Assistance

This program will provide E-Learning support by grade level during school hours; social and emotional learning, active play, enrichment opportunities, and engaging activities before-and-after structured school time. This program will take place Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6 pm for a fee of $35 per day per child or $139 per week. AYS accepts CCDF and has financial aid available.

There’s no question that as we see more and more schools start the school year 100% virtual like Washington Township or even with a hybrid schedule, more and more families will need specialized care for their children where they can find assistance with learning activities and scheduled school times.

While some might argue that a gathering like AYS is similar to the gathering of children in a school setting, it appears that AYS has the resources to keep up with cleaning and safety procedures for a smaller group of children that our local school just couldn’t manage with hundreds, or even thousands of students.

Children and staff will all be wearing masks all day when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors, with some exceptions. There are also many safety precautions that have been put in place to keep everyone healthy.

AYS is no stranger to picking up and keeping things going, they have been providing childcare for the children of healthcare workers and first responders since March 25th. Liftoff: Full Day E-Learning Support is just a new expression of their mission.

Liftoff Program for School Age Children

School-Age E-Learning
When: Monday-Friday from 6:30am-6:00pm
Where: John Strange Elementary
Ages: 5-12 years**
Price: $35/day per child or $138/week per child. CCDF accepted and financial aid available.
$35 registration fee/child***
Program Components: E-Learning support by grade level during school hours; social and emotional learning, active play, enrichment opportunities, and engaging activities before-and-after structured school time.
Students must be registered in advance to attend.
**Must be registered for kindergarten to attend.
***Children who were previously enrolled in 20-21 school year are not subject to registration fee

Pre-K Full Day For MSDWT Staff Members and Hilltop Pre-K

Pre-K Full Day Enrichment (MSDWT Staff Only)
When: Monday-Friday from 6:30am-6:00pm
Where: John Strange Elementary
Ages: 3-5 years**
Price: $40/day per child or $148/week per child. CCDF accepted and financial aid available.
$35 registration fee/child***
Program Components: Age-appropriate learning and active play
**Must be a MSDWT staff member and registered at Hilltop Pre-K to attend
***Children who were previously enrolled in 20-21 school year are not subject to registration fee

Other local schools have made changes to how their school year looks as well. Washington Township Schools will also return to school in a virtual learning setting. Noblesville Schools adopted a full time in-person return to school but later changed their plans to a hybrid model for their high school, with 50% of students on campus each day. Carmel Schools also announced a hybrid plan for high school students.

Pike Township, Indianapolis Public Schools and Center Grove laid out their return to school plans and they all include a virtual option or a full time, in-person option for students.

The Indiana State Teachers Association met with the Governor earlier this month to share concerns and ask questions about the return to school for both students and teachers.

Working parents are worried about childcare and rightfully so. As plans develop, businesses and organizations are stepping up to help come up with solutions, like AYS (At Your School) Program, will be offering full time E-learning Assistance with childcare.

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