Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pasco Schools Childcare Department Gets New Name

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 10, 2018) – To reflect expanded programming in the Pasco County Schools before- and after-school care programs, the district is renaming the PLACE Department the Office for After School Enrichment Programs.
           
The fee-based PLACE program, which provides enrichment activities for elementary-age children before or after school, and for full-days during most school holidays, still exists.
Weekday morning PLACE programs open at 6:30 a.m. and most locations are open in the afternoons until 6 p.m.
           
The department also manages five other programs.

Two programs are funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grants.  STAR Academy, for elementary students, and DELTA Academy, for middle school students, are free academic enrichment programs.
           
STAR Academy programs are located at Gulf Highlands, Quail Hollow, and Rodney B. Cox elementary schools.  STAR Academy operates 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  DELTA Academy programs are located at Gulf, Hudson, and Raymond B. Stewart middle schools.  The Gulf and Hudson programs run 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the Stewart program runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
           
Two other school year fee-based programs include Beyond the Bell and Explorations.
           
Beyond the Bell is an after-school program for middle school students that incorporates homework assistance, sports, music, dance, leadership development, and community service activities. The programs are located at Charles S. Rushe and River Ridge middle schools.    Beyond the Bell operates from 1:50 p.m. to 6 p.m.        
           
Explorations will be offered at Wiregrass Elementary School Monday - Thursday from 4:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in 2018-2019.  First quarter will offer seven-week sessions of Coding and Robotics for grades K-2 on Mondays, Dance for grades K-5 on Tuesdays, and Coding and Robotics for grades 3-5 on Wednesdays.   Second quarter will feature seven-week sessions of Spanish for grades K-2 on Mondays, Sports Skills and Drills for grades K-3 on Tuesdays, Spanish for grades 3-5 on Wednesdays, and Sports Skills and Drills for grades 3-5 on Thursdays.
           
During the summer, students in kindergarten through 12th grade can attend a fee-based summer camp called Camp Quest.  This camp is an individually themed, specialty summer camp that provides opportunities for students to work on their strengths, passions, and development of new skills.
           
For enrollment information, parents should contact their child’s school today.