May 20, 2014

Parents of Kuemper Catholic School parents will have the option to drop their children off early before school, or pick them up late after school, starting in August.

Kuemper's new child-care program - christened Kuemper Cares - will provide a safe place for children in preschool through fifth grade to do homework, relax and play games, or participate in physical activity while waiting on parents to pick them up to go home, said school president Vern Henkenius.

The before-school program will run from 6 to 8 a.m. and the after-school program from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parents can also opt to utilize both - essentially selecting a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. program. A time slot will also be available to cover two-hour early dismissal days, providing care from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

The charge will be per-family - $5 for one child, $6 for two children or $7 for three children or more - per session. For example, a parent utilizing the program before and after school would pay $10 per day for one child.

A $25 deposit per child per time slot will be required upon registration.

The program will be housed on the south end of the first floor of Kuemper High School, beside the preschool and optional-kindergarten classrooms. Snacks will be offered during both sessions.

Elementary principal Ted Garringer will supervise the program. A full-time service coordinator will also be hired.

Information was mailed to parents last week. An informational meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 - the deadline for enrollment in the program for the 2014-15 school year.

The program will offer a service to the school's families that is common in other parochial school systems, said Henkenius. Based on a survey conducted by the Kuemper marketing committee, the program is expected to serve 30 families in the morning and 60 families in the afternoon.