Menlo Park Afterschool Childcare Schools & Kids, posted by still concerned, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm
If you are planning on registering you incoming kinder this week in one of the Menlo Park School District elementary schools you should know ahead of time that there are NO ON SITE after-school care options available in our District.
Furthermore, the Menlo Park City after-school program is currently full and presently has a wait list of 68 children (school age)/ 171 (preschool).
Menlo Park appears to be the school district on the Peninsula not offering on-site after school care alternatives. PA, EPA, LA, LL, PV etc. all have (had) on-site care for years.
If you are concerned or even curious about this issue, please come to the Menlo Park School Board Meeting Feb 5th at 7pm to hear discussion of the topic with presentations made to the Board by Ken Ranella (Superintendent) and follow up presentation/commentary by concerned parents.
The Superintendents' presentation is available for review online: Web Link
Posted by kinder care now, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2008 at 1:38 pm
Apparently the district received state funding of $1 million for the TERC (Teacher Education/Research Center) bldg. at Encinal. Maybe someone should contact Assemblyman Ira Ruskin's or Senator Simitian's office and ask about childcare mandates in Menlo Park District facilities that utilize state funding?
And, rather than provide space for after school care in that new bldg., they are "giving" 1000 sq. ft. of space to the Menlo Atheron Education Foundation rent free. The foundation could just as easily find "free rent" space at McCandless office center on Middlefield, like other foundations, or at one of the many Matteson Investment facilities. I'm sure a plaque on the Encinal library, "naming rights" for the magnaminous benefactor/landlord and other reciprocal benefits could be worked out by a creative board.
Posted by Try Cubes & Crayons, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2008 at 10:33 am
Cubes and Crayons is a new childcare/office space business in downtown Menlo. They're on Crane Street and just opened last month. The PA Weekly just did a story on them, talking about their flexibility, affordability and sense of community. I'm not sure of the age range of kids they have, but call and ask if they have something for kindergarten and/or above.