Carrsville Elementary to offer childcare

Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CARRSVILLE—After years of pushing from parents and officials, before and after school childcare is coming to Carrsville Elementary School this school year.

“We’ve been wanting this service for our families for years,” said Principal Jackie Carr. “So we are thrilled.”

Last week, Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors voted to allow the county’s Parks and Recreation Department to administer the program at Carrsville this year. The Luter Family YMCA in Smithfield offers before and after school care at the county’s four other elementary schools.

Carrsville District School Board member Kenneth Bunch said he was “pleased” with the supervisors’ offer.

“We figured it was an opportunity; it was something that needed to be addressed,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Phillip Bradshaw, who represents the Carrsville District.

The program is guaranteed this school year on a trial basis, and the county will continue to look for a partner agency to provide the service, much like the Smithfield YMCA at the other schools.

“It may or may not be Parks and Recreation long term,” said county spokesman Don Robertson.

The program’s morning hours are from 6:30 to 8:35 a.m. and 3:50 to 6 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee, and the weekly cost for morning or afternoon care is $30. The weekly cost for both morning and afternoon care is $50.

Carr said parents could register their children during the school’s open house from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

Parents have to pay the registration fee at that time and pay for the first week of care.

“Our hope and feeling is once this program is implemented here at Carrsville, that more and more families will take advantage of it,” Carr said.