Below you can read through answers to frequently asked questions or refer to the Parent Handbook.
Why should my child attend EYC?
We are committed to providing safe, high quality enrichment opportunities that support students' learning and development. The program administers after school arts programming, offers field trips that allow exploration of new interests, provides homework assistance and academic instruction in reading and math, engaged students in special projects, and more. We hope to give your student a chance to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for their future
Where does EYC operate?
EYC operates at two Muscogee County schools and two Boys and Girls Clubs. These include Dawson Elementary, St.Mary's Elementary Magnet Academy, East Boys and Girls Club, and "The Club"/Teen Center Boys and Girls Club.
Who can enroll in EYC?
We accept students whose academic performance is below grade level, who do not meet state standards on tests, and/or who have failing grades in one or more subjects/classes. Through our programming, we hope to increase students' achievements in math and reading; decrease disciplinary problems in school; reduce exposure to gang activity, sexual activity, and drug and alcohol use; and reduce referrals to the juvenile court system.
How do I enroll my child in EYC?
We send out applications at individual sites at the beginning of the school year. Applications can also be submitted throughout the year, and the student applying will be placed on a waitlist. Your child can then be added to the program on a first come first serve basis as other EYC students move, change schools, etc. Blank applications are always available at the school's front office and with the Head Tutor at each site.
What will my child be doing each day at EYC?
Here is a basic rundown of what your child's time in EYC might look like:
2:30-3:10pm Attendance, snack, recreation, and restroom
Students split into two groups:
3:10-4:10pm Group 1: Homework assistance/tutoring, Group two: Arts Enrichment Activity
4:10-5:10pm Groups switch and Homework assistance/tutoring and Arts Enrichment Activity continue
5:10-5:30pm Full group meeting and recreation
5:30pm Parent Pickup
How will my child get home from EYC?
You or an authorized adult will pick up your child at 5:30pm. Prior written permission with the person's name and telephone number is required if someone other than the authorized persons listed on their application will be picking up the child. The authorized person will be required to show a picture ID and sign the child out on the appropriate sign out sheet. Keep in mind that EYC does not run on MCSD early release days or no school days except for specially scheduled events.
How does EYC manage discipline?
We want your child to have fun at EYC, and our staff is encouraged to use positive reinforcement and management methods to handle classroom behavior. Staff will then go through a system of warnings, including verbal and written warnings to address the situation. Severe violations, especially violations that harm another person or property, may call for immediate suspension/dismissal, but parents will be notified prior to any dismissal decision.
What is my role as a parent or guardian in EYC?
We expect parents to be involved in the program. Some possible involvement opportunities are: attending parent nights and meetings, volunteering for the program, participating in family events, including My Child is Going to College, and providing input for the Advisory Council. Parents will also be asked to participate in an orientation and can share any questions, concerns, or suggestions during the duration of the program.