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Milton School District to expand child care

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Kevin Hoffman
February 22, 2011
— The Milton School District next school year plans to expand its before-school and after-school child care program to all elementary schools in the district plus Northside Intermediate.

District Superintendent Bernie Nikolay said the program accommodates parents who need to drop off students early or pick them up late because of conflicting work schedules. The YWCA has used Harmony Elementary for that purpose for the last three years, but now the district hopes to expand to Milton East, Milton West and Consolidated elementary schools and Northside Intermediate.


"Parents have clearly been asking for it," Nikolay said. "It's a model we currently have in Harmony Elementary. Harmony is out by Janesville, and we don't have that same program in our town, and we want to try it."


The school district is soliciting child-care providers to supervise children in the program. Applications are due March 31.


Nikolay said the agreement with the YWCA allows it to use the library and sometimes the gymnasium.


The program got off to a slow start, Nikolay said, but this year 20 to 40 students use it. The child care businesses pay the district $300 each year, he said.


Milton School District recently began a pre-kindergarten program, but Nikolay said that has no ties to the child care initiative, which is run by private businesses.


Superintendent secretary Kim Krause said the district will limit child-care providers to one per school.


TO LEARN MORE

Anyone interested learning more about Milton School District's plan expand its child care program for the 2011-12 school year can e-mail superintendent secretary Kim Krause at krauseki@mail.milton.k12.wi.us or call the district office at (608) 868-9200. Applications are due March 31.



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