Board clears way for before, after-school child care

YMCA will offer service at PW-S District’s three elementary schools
By 
BILL SCHAEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday approved an agreement that will allow the YMCA to provide before and after-school child care at the district’s three elementary schools next year.

“There are a lot of parents who need this service,” Director of Business Services Mel Nettesheim said. “I’m not lying when I say parents ask about it at least once a week.”

The Kettle Moraine YMCA, which is based in West Bend but owns and operates the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville, will provide child care before classes starting at 6 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m. at Lincoln, Dunwiddie and Saukville elementary schools, Nettesheim said.

Although School District facilities will be used, the program will be run by the YMCA, which will set the fees and handle enrollment as well as site staffing and management.

The program will be overseen by a full-time YMCA employee at each of the three sites, Nettesheim said.

The YMCA, Nettesheim noted, is experienced in providing child care in school districts.

“We are one of the few districts that don’t provide this service,” she said.

The YMCA did, at one time, offer after-school child care at Lincoln Elementary School, but the program was discontinued when schools closed in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

The district will also facilitate so-called wraparound care for students enrolled in its 4-year-old kindergarten program by providing busing to and from day care providers.

Currently, the district’s 4-K program is hosted by five private institutions that, in addition to providing instruction, offer on-site care before and after the half-day classes.

The district, however, has decided to end those partnerships and teach 4-K students at its three elementary schools next year. It will provide busing at no cost to parents between the schools and child care providers.

Nettesheim said the district offered the opportunity to provide wraparound care to all of its current 4-K partners. As it stands now, she said, Community Learning Center and Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Port Washington and the YMCA in Saukville will offer the service.

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