- Charles Drew, Carver After School Programs transferred to APS
- Extended Day Programs expanded at Drew Model, Hoffman-Boston Schools
- Change maintains program standards, realizes cost savings
The Arlington County Board has approved the transfer of the Charles Drew and Carver Community Centers Kids in Action programs from County operations to Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) Extended Day programs at the sites, beginning in fall 2015. The transfer will continue access for these families to high quality after-school care, streamline County-APS program delivery, enhance staff training opportunities and realize cost savings.
The Board incorporated the action in its adoption on Tuesday, April 21 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. (The FY 2016 Fiscal Year begins July 1, 2015.)
“This is an efficiency that makes sense,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “APS, at a lower cost, will be able to provide an equally excellent program. We are closely coordinating with APS to ensure a seamless transition.”
Currently, 86 students are served at the two Kids in Action programs run by the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The two programs have operated side-by-side with APS programs at the sites, sharing space and resources. Under the consolidation plan, the County’s programs will be eliminated and APS will absorb the students who attend the two schools.
The consolidation is expected to save $123,000 the first year and $160,000 annually after that.
“Expanding the Extended Day Program to serve more of our students at Drew and Hoffman-Boston will ensure the same high-quality program for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “We have partnered with the County on many initiatives in the past to avoid duplication of efforts. I am pleased that we have found another way to collaborate to ensure high quality services for our APS students and families and the entire community.”
The County Board has approved one-time funding of $36,681 for the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to work closely with APS during the transition. A DPR staff person will be at each site to ensure continuity of care for the children. There also will be family special events at Charles Drew and Carver Community Centers to bring people together.
The additional funding also will support training opportunities for all after-school providers in Arlington in coordination with the Out-of-School-Time Council’s professional development programs. Arlington County, APS and the Council will continue to work together to provide Arlington children with, healthy, educational and fun things to do when they are out of school.
Program participants at Carver and Drew were notified in February that this change might occur so that they could register when APS Extended Day registration opened March 1. County staff held two workshops with parents, and continue to answer questions on the transition. For more information, visit the County website. Search “Kids in Action.”
About Kids in Action
Kids in Action is a County-run program that provides safe, fun and enriching programs that help children grades K-5 thrive. The program has been provided at three Community Centers – Carver, Drew and Lubber Run, and will remain at Lubber Run after the transfer of the Carver and Drew programs to APS.