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Kids’ Corner To Expand Into POWER Zone, Falcon Zone

District 49 With nearly three years of success in Sand Creek Zone, District 49’s Kids’ Corner is set to become the district’s premier choice for before and after school activities and care.

Kids' Corner will officially open districtwide June 1, as summer camps kick off. The before and after school program will replace Champions in POWER Zone and Falcon Zone, effectively operating in all of the district’s coordinated elementary schools.

“With Kids’ Corner, we gain an increased ability to shape our before and after school opportunities, so they best accommodate changing educational priorities,” said Dr. Michael Pickering, POWER Zone superintendent.

“We’ll also achieve important fiscal benefits for our students, so we’re becoming more effective and efficient in our support for families,” said Pickering. “We’re taking advantage of economies of scale.”

Kids’ Corner Pilot

During meetings in 2014, district administrators and Board of Education directors discussed the establishment of Kids’ Corner in Sand Creek Zone. In June 2014, they unanimously approved a separate fund to help measure its financial efficiencies.

Kids Corner Logo Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone superintendent, had explained a goal to provide elementary school families quality activities and care on scheduled school days, as well as during early release, assessment and professional development days.

By operating as an internal non-profit entity, rather than through vendor contracts, the program stood to make a positive impact on revenue earmarked for professional development and instructional technology, after paying operating expenses.

A dedicated team began delivering daily hands-on science and art experiences, as well as movement activities, like soccer, jump rope and basketball. With weekly themes, Kids’ Corner activities were orientated to engage diverse age groups with choices.

“We offer a choice to participate in one or all of our daily activities, such as art, drama, science, sports, group activities and homework help,” said Kayla Martinez, Kids' Corner program manager, who has helped lead the initiative since 2014.

“We provide a daily exploration curriculum that keeps children engaged, making healthy choices and interacting with friends,” said Martinez, while explaining how enrollment numbers have doubled since the initiative began.

She says Sand Creek Zone parents frequently praise the positive relationships the program helps facilitate between schools and their communities.

“Our staff members are highly qualified and trained district personnel,” says Martinez. “Everyone receives 15-plus hours of professional development each year, creating a growth mindset that will continue to build a great before and after school program.”

Martinez says the program has realized significant revenue streams for classrooms. During the 2016-2017 school year in Sand Creek Zone, located in the district’s urban southwest area, Kids' Corner generated tens of thousands of dollars in direct benefit to host schools.
 
Kids' Corner Expands

Throughout summer break, children enrolled in the Kids’ Corner summer camp will travel on field trips, learn from guest speakers, make new friends and engage in activities. Daily choices will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Families who register early benefit from lower registration fees.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Kids' Corner will be open from 6 a.m. until the school bell rings, and then after school until 6 p.m. It’s also available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-school days, including seasonal breaks.

Kids’ Corner is licensed by the State of Colorado. All services are unavailable during federal holidays, and when adverse weather conditions result in a district closure. For more information, to include enrollment, visit D49.org/KidsCorner.

To get the Kids' Corner link in a text message, send keyword KidsCorner (one word) to 332-33.
Dustin Senger
dsenger@d49.org
719.499.5982