Our after school child care or schoolage programs are designed for children who attend kindergarten or for 6-11 year-olds who need supervised care after school. We transport children in State of Michigan approved Gretchen’s House buses driven by staff with Chauffeur licenses.
Children who attend afternoon care are picked up at school and return to our centers for snack, freeplay, and group activities. Children who have homework or prefer to read may do so in quiet areas of the classroom. As with all our programs, schoolage children go outside every day.
During days when the Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed, our centers with after school programs offer care for schoolage children and siblings of children currently enrolled in our other programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Schoolage children who come to the center on no public school days need to bring a nut-free sack lunch from home. No School Days often include field trips to local attractions and/or themed activities such as Beach Week. During the summer, centers with schoolage programs host Summer Camp, or SCamp. Read more about SCamp here.
The teacher-to-child ratio in our schoolage programs is generally 1:10.
The Gretchen’s House locations which offer transportation from local elementary schools do so if we have at least 4 children to transport:
- Mt. Vernon, Ann Arbor After School Care Program transports students from Eberwhite Elementary School.
- Zion Lutheran Church is also a (sattelite) location for SA care.
- Traver, Ann Arbor After School Care Program transports students from Logan.
- Dhu Varren, Ann Arbor After School Care Program transports students from Thurston, Northside, Logan.
- Northside Community Church is also a (sattelite) location for SA care.