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MP schools pursue off-site child care

Original post made on Apr 24, 2008

There is a "high likelihood" that a child care organization in the community could accommodate as many as 80 district students this fall, said Ken Ranella, superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District. The school district could organize transportation -- or perhaps even run its own buses -- to take children to the off-site facility, he said.

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Posted by Steve Smith
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 24, 2008 at 7:00 am

"The school board has been under pressure from a vocal group of parents that has been vigorously lobbying for the district to emulate neighboring districts by offering on-site child care. "

Good for these poor deprived parents! Why should they have to spend more time with their children at the expense of their opportunities to increase their precious socioeconomic status as wages slaves! This puts them at an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE in KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES - one of they key qualities of many child bearing Menlo Park dot-bombers! When will the Menlo Park school board realize just exactly whose responsibility it is to raise our children?

And to think one has to suffer such DISADVANTAGES all because they live in child-care-deprived-Menlo Park!

Posted by WOW
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 24, 2008 at 9:18 am

You are assuming that every Mom who works has a low income job that is easily a "wash" if they chose to stay home. I have kids and both my husband and I work because we can't do it any other way. Childcare is very important and Menlo Park is way behind the curve compared to other cities.

Posted by Preschool mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:35 am

Can someone please explain in much more detail WHY menlo park can't have on-site afterschool care? This doesn't make any sense. Is there construction in every classroom and playground in the afternoon hours? I don't think so.

Posted by menlo dad
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 24, 2008 at 11:53 am

The district could easily provide room at the new TERC bldg. planned for Encinal if they carved out some part of the new 11000 sq.ft. bldg. They could move some of the proposed uses to another campus, or even down the street to McCandless, Bohannon office parks, which could easily absorb some of that.
No reason why the Menlo Park Education Foundation needs 1000 square feet of free office space in that new facility.
Address this concern at the next board meeting.

Posted by mom x 4
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I have been fighting the onsite child care issue for years. A district-wide survey a few years ago showed that parents overwhelmingly preferred onsite care. I am so tired of the "no room" excuse as the district always seems to find room for the projects they endorse. (Note that the district office is new, and during the construction period, there were temporary offices near 101. Beats me why they didn't stay in those offices and let that Encinal property be used for child care.)

For whatever reason, onsite is not part of our sup's vision because I've heard one excuse after another since Ken's been on board.

Posted by hmmm
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm

So it sounds like people want the district to divert resources away from education and into childcare?

Posted by also menlo mom, x3
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Excuse me,"Hmmm", it's about after school care for morning session kindergarten students, which means educational enrichment, and not "diverting resources away from education. Let's not get confused and attempt to make people think it's for pre schoolers.

Posted by MPworkingMom
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Also, it ain't free, it's fee-for-service, so nobody's directing resources away from education.

Posted by proselytize innocents
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Ken won't say, it's all so confidential.
Want to guess?.
How bout LDS on Valparaiso,
MP Prez on Johnson, or maybe Archdiocese holdings,
Don't forget Ananda Self Realization PA on ECR
Doesn't appear there are any likely non sectarian facilities that can handle 80 plus school kids. There could be space made at Encinal.
Leave it to Ken, it's got to be some place parents will think twice about sending their kids.

Posted by you gotta be kidding me, not this again…
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 25, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Steve- [portion removed; see Terms of Use]

Since you say you are from the Belle Haven neighborhood, chances are you are in the Ravenswood District. Your District has one of the most successful and well utilized after school programs on the Peninsula. Why? Because the wise decision makers in Ravenswood (in stark contrast to the short-sighted decision makers in the MP District) understand that the priority is the whole child and that providing an enriching afterschool experience is equally important to the school experience that happens between 8-2.

Is your program complicated? You bet. Is it inconvenient and does it come at a price? You bet. Is that price worth it?. Ask your neighbors. Ask your teachers. Ask your Superintendent. Ask your kid. The answer is yes. Chances are you will find unanimous agreement

Are you suggesting that your neighbors are "trying to keep up with the Joneses" because they take advantage of the Ravenswood after school program? BS. Like me, your neighbors are working hard simply to make ends meet. They are single parents. They are parents caring for their own aging parents. They are parents who love their work. They are parents who want their kids to have the advantage of social interaction and tutelage after the bell rings.

Argue any point you want. But please don't suggest that anyone who fights for a quality after school care has put their kid second to the almighty dollar, it just makes you look ignorant and mean.

Posted by Mama Mia
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all just talk about the topic at hand: how to cope with the ever-growing need for high-quality after-school childcare in a district that can't/won't find space on its campuses?

You'd think that in 2008 the discourse could be about something other than abusing working parents and single parents for needing childcare.

Posted by M * 2
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Wait a minute, Belle Haven has one of the most successful after school programs on the Peninsula, I would have to disagree with that. Have you visited the site's, they are all terrible.. Boys & Girls clubs houses way too many kids, no adequate supervision. Belle Haven After School program is run by an incompetent director. Need I say more.

I would have to agree that Menlo Park, does need after school programs as hey lets face it, a lot of family's have working parents, single or not.. The City needs to wake up and provide adequate care for all familys...

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