Registration will begin at noon on May 15 at www.jcprdkids.com for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's new before and after school programming for the 2019-2020 school year at 36 schools in the Olathe Public Schools District. Registration for Out of School Time (OST) programs operated by JCPRD in the Shawnee Mission, Garden-Edgerton, and De Soto school districts began in late April.
“We are thrilled at this opportunity to serve Olathe school district families and are working hard to make this transition a seamless one for our before and after school program patrons,” said JCPRD Children’s Services Manager Kim Chappelow-Lee.
"We are truly excited to be chosen as the provider for the Olathe school district's Out of School Time program," added JCPRD Superintendent of Recreation Rhonda Pollard. "Our mission is to serve the families of Johnson County in any way that we can, so this is another opportunity for us to serve families and provide quality, affordable out of school time programs for their children."
JCPRD's Children's Services Department responded to the Olathe Public Schools District's request for proposals for OST services in March, and the school district's board of education voted to select JCPRD as their provider during its May 2 meeting.
To staff the new OST programs in Olathe, JCPRD will be hiring an additional 46 regular staff members as well as dozens of seasonal staff. For more information about these positions, go to JCPRD.com/jobs.
For the convenience of working parents, students participating in JCPRD OST programs can be dropped off before school starting at 7 a.m. and can stay after school until 6 p.m. Full day programming will also be provided on conference days, in-service days, inclement weather days, and spring/winter breaks as well as summer day camps at designated locations.
JCPRD’s OST activities are age appropriate, engaging, and provide a variety of opportunities to participate in activities of individual interest. Activities include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), SEL (social emotional learning), environmental literacy, community service, daily homework help, and HEPA (healthy eating and physical activity). Additionally, JCPRD also plans special events affording full family activities including dodgeball tournaments, parent nights out, talent shows, and picnics to build a strong sense of community for our pre-K and school newcomers.
JCPRD has been involved in early childhood care and education for more than 44 years. JCPRD served as a provider of the first school age Out of School Time program in Johnson County with the inaugural program beginning in the fall of 1982. Since that time, JCPRD has continued to grow and now serves over 2,000 students in its OST programs. The agency is nationally accredited through CAPRA and is also a recipient of the National Gold Medal for Excellence.
For more information about Olathe OST programs, go to jcprd.com/1207/Olathe-OST.