After School Program
Our After School Program supports and encourages the development of confidence, independence, and responsibility. The program focuses on social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development by offering structured activities, clubs, and free choice activities. There are no additional fees for any structured lesson or activity- your child's enrollment fee covers everything we have to offer! We will be participating in the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program), so all meals and snacks provided by Elevate are also free of charge. We will provide a monthly meal calendar, and parents are welcome to pack children their own snacks/meals at any time.
Our program begins when the children arrive after school and runs until 7pm each evening. The Brewer Community School bus picks up and drops off right at our front door. Children will be provided an afternoon snack and will have time for homework, reading, or tutoring. Inside/Outside Free Play and structured activities are scheduled throughout the day. Elevate provides dinner at 5:30pm.
When school is out for snow days, in-service days, and certain holidays, Elevate is open for a full day at NO ADDITIONAL COST (to non-discounted students excluding multiple child discounts). We will provide a morning snack and lunch meal along with our regular afternoon snack and dinner meal. Elevate is open for week-long school vacations, and these weeks are paid for at the same weekly rates as the Summer Program.
Structured activities include:
Tutoring Program- When a child comes into our program and is behind their peers in academic courses, we will provide tutoring. Before a child joins the Tutoring Program there must be a meeting between the parent, the Director, and the child’s primary school teacher. We will work as a team to help your child reach age and developmentally appropriate academic goals. Our teachers will provide learning activities in both one-on-one and group dynamics as they document children’s development, participation, and learning throughout the program. General assessments are ongoing and gathered from individual and group lessons when applicable. When a child’s skills reach age and developmentally appropriate levels as deemed by the center’s teachers, school teacher, and parents, and all agree tutoring services are no longer required, the child will resume regular “homework/reading time” activities. The tutoring program also runs during the summer months for one hour each day except Fridays. This time is not a substitute for traditional Summer School.
Dance Lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop- Each dance style is provided in a classic structure for 30 minutes per week per group of children (no more than 13 children per group). Elevate will provide all ballet slippers and tap shoes for use at the center. Children may use their own dance shoes if they have them and bring them on dance days or leave them in their cubbies. Elevate will provide all costumes for Showcases at no cost to parents/guardians. Parents may choose to purchase their child’s costume(s) at cost from Elevate at any time before or within one week after a Showcase. A signed Participation Form is required for children to be enrolled in any dance program at Elevate.
Tumbling Lessons- Tumbling (aka Floor Gymnastics) is provided for one hour per group of children per week. Skills learned in these classes range from the basics of forward and backward rolls up to more advanced tumbling such as tucks, layouts, and aerials. Children will demonstrate their skills at Showcases. A signed Participation Form is required for children to be enrolled in Tumbling Lessons.
Arts and Crafts- All children have one hour of Arts and Crafts per week as a structured activity. Elevate provides children with materials and supplies needed for specific projects and Head Teachers give direction and assistance to children as they work on their projects. Projects range in difficulty and type, from simple drawings and paintings to assembling beaded, knit, or wood working crafts. Arts and crafts will also be available at times as a free choice activity.
Art Club- The Art Club meets once per week to develop and refine artistic skills and work on more difficult art projects. Those who choose to will display their creations at the Winter and Summer Showcases.
Garden Club- The Garden Club meets once per week and will learn about growing organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The club will be responsible for helping tend the landscaping around the center and small raised beds of vegetables and annual flowers. All vegetables grown and harvested will be used as fresh snacks.
Drama Club- The Drama Club meets once per week to learn about and develop skills in dramatic arts. The club will put on short plays during Showcases.
Choral Club- The Choral Club meets once per week for voice lessons and group practice. The club will demonstrate their skills at the Showcases.
Music Club- Music Club is for children who wish to or are already learning how to play musical instruments. Club members will be given lessons on their personal instruments provided by the school or parents. The club will perform at Showcases.
Logic Club- The Logic Club meets once per week to play logic, strategy, and concept focused games, work on science experiments and logic projects, and practice both linear and abstract thinking skills. Projects and some experiments will be on display at Showcases.
Lego club- The Lego Club meets once per week to develop building plans and constructions given specific conditions and directions by the club leader. The club is designed to foster creativity and cooperation within frameworks of individual and group projects.
Movie Day- Every-other Thursday and Friday the center will play a movie for the children. A notice will go out to parents/guardians of the upcoming week’s movie selection. Movie Day is optional and children may do other structured or free choice activities during this time.
Outings- The After School Program will include at least one Educational Outing per group of ten children. These could be to a museum, a local farm, art gallery, etc. Outings are free of charge to parents- Elevate will pay all entry fees and supply children with meals and snacks for the duration of the Outing.
Showcases- Winter and Summer Showcases are free for families and friends of Elevate to attend. Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted at the door to help fund Outings.
Before School Program
At Elevate, we understand not everyone works 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Our center will be open on weekends from 6am-7pm to accommodate your schedule. Weekend Care will provide children with many structured activities and plenty of Free Play!
Half Day Pre-K
Our School Readiness Program is for children ages 4-5 who will be attending Kindergarten in the following school year. The programs run from 8:30am-11:30am and 11:45am-2:45pm. The program includes fun learning activities, games, arts and crafts, as well as gross and fine motor skills development activities and free play! Academic goals of the program include but are not limited to: learning to visually recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in both capital and lowercase form, learn to sight read short words such as mom, dad, cat, dog, etc., learn standard colors and shapes, learn to count to 100 and to count backward from 10, and learn to add/subtract single digits.
For parents who are homeschooling their children and could use a little help, Elevate is providing a Homeschool Group during the regular school year. Elevate's teachers (parents are more than welcome to stay and volunteer with our staff!) will use our own designed curriculum or a curriculum provided by parents for their child. We will be using block scheduling so our homeschool families can come in to supplement their child(ren)'s education on the days they need the most help, or utilize Elevate's Homeschool Group for every subject!
Homeschool Groups run from 8:30am-11:30am and 11:45am-2:45pm. Our tentative schedule is reading/writing/grammar on Mondays, geography/history on Tuesdays, arithmetic on Wednesdays, science on Thursdays, and The Arts and Physical Education on Fridays (Friday Fun Day!).