Three Anoka-Hennepin schools are rolling out a new school-year child care program.

School-year Adventures Bound expands the existing summer program to the school year at Ramsey, Brookside and Sunrise elementary schools in Ramsey and Blaine.

“It’s a new full-day school year child care program from Adventures Plus offered to 4-year-old preschool children,” Program Coordinator Jodi Abrahamson said.

The program is “preschool infused” Abrahamson said, meaning students will be learning curriculum-based lessons in addition to social skills.

School-year Adventures Bound is inspired by Summer Adventures Bound, a child care program for 5-year-olds going into kindergarten that teaches a lot of the soft skills that make it easier to begin school.

“We really saw the benefits that it had for them, just the little things to familiarize themselves with the school,” Abrahamson said.

Starting kindergarten is a big transition, so learning routines and skills, such as getting in line, sitting in a circle and waiting for a turn, is helpful, she said.

“The difference with this program is it’ll be for 4-year-olds and we’ll have them all day long,” Abrahamson said. “Parents can drop them off as early as 6:30 a.m., and they can pick-up as late as 6 p.m.”

With a 10-to-1 student-caretaker ratio the program will focus on play-based learning, small group time, social skills, language and literacy skills and more.

Kids must be 4 by Sept. 1 and be able to enter kindergarten the following autumn.

Full-time care is $215 per week with a $30 registration fee and runs Sept. 3 to June 9.

There is no deadline to apply, so as long as there are open spots in the program, families can join Abrahamson said.

“I think it’s just a great program, and it really will help ease that transition into the school year for kindergarten,” Abrahamson said.

More information can be found at the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s community education webpage at bit.Ly/2zfCp6u or by calling 763-506-1400.

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