Kingsland School Age Child Care (SACC) is the childcare program located on site in the elementary school in Spring Valley. This program serves students preschool through 5th grade 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost of the program is $2.75 an hour and we offer a drop-in service so you are only billed the hours your child is here. SACC is a great choice for many families because of its affordability and the services it provides.

Kingsland SACC is a great option for families who have work schedules that do not allow them to transport their children to programs they want to participate in. During the school year this includes childcare during the day for children enrolled in preschool and after school care for students in Community Ed classes or other school activities like Math wizards. Children using the preschool program are escorted to and from preschool and families are not charged while their children are in preschool. A new change this year is SACC has moved right next door to preschool!

During the summer months we provide transportation to Spring Valley summer recreation; swimming lessons, tennis, baseball, golf and softball. Summer rec is more fun with more kids, so having this option is nice because families that work out of town can still participate! This summer SACC will once again go to the Spring Valley swimming pool Tuesdays and Thursdays. Field trips will be on Wednesdays and we replaced many of last year's field trips with new ones. We try to keep the cost at a minimum for most of the field trips and have found quite a few in the area we can do for free. Parents have been amazed at how many attractions we take advantage of close to home. Field trips this year will include Mystery Cave, Spam Museum/Hormel Park, and Harmony's Jem Theater. We also will be taking two trips to the Stewartville pool this year since it has been such a hit with the kids!

SACC also functions as a bridge for preparing for Kindergarten. SACC introduces concepts such as walking in line, taking turns, class participation and lunchroom etiquette. We have linked our SACC preschool learning with our preschool to ensure that our two programs interconnect and create a similar learning environment. We have a circle time where we learn calendar, weather, counting, letters, and rhyming words. We then have group time where we work on several skills to prep them for Kindergarten and still have a blast with art and music. We also have a class "store" and "kitchen" where children can learn social skills and imaginative play.

During the school day the ratio of adults to children is very low and this creates an environment where one to one activities can be performed. I gage the preschoolers' abilities with input from the Preschool teacher and then tailor activities and games to their needs. We play letter phonics cards, letter magnets, and writing on our white boards. This way the children are able to see the letters, use the letter magnets to make words and then write the letters down for themselves. Even with our different ability preschoolers, everyone can do the activities at their own pace and developmental level.

One of the attributes parents find the most valuable about SACC is the opportunity to interact with their peers. Children get to spend their days with friends that will eventually be in their class when they enter kindergarten. This allows for some familiarity for them as they go into Kindergarten and makes the transition easier. They also get to practice social skills before they are in the everyday situations of Kindergarten.

Independence is another skill that SACC works hard to develop in students. Students are encouraged to put on their own jackets, wipe up their spills and gather their own supplies for play. By teaching self- regulation and critical thinking skills the transition to Kindergarten is easier, since the student to adult ratio in kindergarten is higher and less help is available for each student.

After school students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade can take advantage of a break by having a snack and relax in the classroom. Then at 3:45 pm-4:30 pm we have an optional outside time to play. Then we have free time in the room until 5:00 pm. We have everyone clean up and have table activities available until 6:00 pm.

In the event of an early out, late start or no school day SACC is open during its regular hours. One of the biggest benefits of this is parents do not have to worry about their children taking the bus home on bad roads or to an empty house if parents can't get home in time. We offer to all families the option of care after school in the event they are not able to get to school by dismissal time. Simply notify your child's teacher that you would like your child to attend SACC until you are able to come and pick up your child.

We have worked hard to make the SACC program an asset to our school with families in mind. I feel many of the resources we have in our area are made accessible to families that otherwise might not be able to participate due to time constraints and transportation. Not only that, but we stress discovery, creativity and independence by providing children with the tools necessary to use their imaginations to learn and explore.

Please contact me if you would like more information about signing up your child for SACC or if you know of local area resources we might be interested in. Angela Solberg can be reached at 507-346-7276 ext. 4101 or at solberg.angela@kingsland.k12.mn.us.