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July 25, 2014

Seifert School-Age Center offers fun for kids, piece-of-mind for parents

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Maranda Flynn
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Selene Ferro, 9, Jaliah Eldridge, 7, and Malachi Bergstrom, 7, build a puzzle train city in the creative play area of the first through third grade room at the Seifert School-Age Center. Creative play allows children to use their imagination and develop character, which falls within the Army’s Baseline Programming standards.

For parents seeking a fun and safe environment for their school-age children outside elementary school hours, the Seifert School-Age Center, SAC, Program on Fort Huachuca is one place to find it.

For children in grades K – 5, the program offers before- and after-school care and hourly care during the school year, and full-day care during non-school days.

Children can receive assistance with their homework, use the technology lab and participate in other educational opportunities provided in the Army’s Baseline Programming to include: sports, fitness and health options; arts, recreation and leisure activities; life skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities; and academic support, mentoring, and intervention services, according to the website, http://www.mwrhuachuca.com/sas.html.

“There is a variety of activities that we do with the children,” said Jennifer Lotten, School-Age Center director. “We do different sports and fitness activities, arts and crafts, or they can use the computer lab.”

Following their afternoon snack, children in the third through sixth grade room listen as a Child and Youth Programs assistant explains the rules of a game after school at the Seifert School-Age Center on Fort Huachuca. The center also offers a before-school, hourly and summer program.

Children are provided with a U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved breakfast before school and a snack after school. Lunch is provided during full-day programs as well.

The SAC is open Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 8 a.m. and 2:30 – 6 p.m. during the school year. On non-school and vacation days, it is open 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“The SAC provides a safe environment for their children to come to after school,” said Lotten. “They are provided quality care, and parents don’t have to worry about what their children are doing if they weren’t in a program like this.”

During the summer, a day camp program is available Monday – Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes field trips, special events and activities, and trips to the pool.

The center is open to children of active and retired military, and Department of Defense Civilian employees and contractors. Children must be registered with Child, Youth and School Services, Building 52111, Tindall Street. Fees are based on income.

The SAC Program is accredited through the National After-School Association, and certified by the Department of Defense.

The Seifert School-Age Center is located at Building 52056, Hatfield Street. For more information, contact 533.7634/7633 or email Jennifer.lotten@us.army.mil.




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