School Age

Kindergarten–Third Grade

Because these children attend our program after school, their classrooms are arranged to be primarily recreational. Many of the activities we provide are planned to increase children's abilities to interact independently and positively with each other, to take responsibility for themselves, and to learn to play individual and team games.

On the parent counter—where you sign out—you will find our daily schedules, and on the glass wipe-off board you will see what the children decided to do. We encourage them to plan for themselves, and we try to provide what they need to implement their ideas.

During Eugene School District 4J’s school year, the Moss Street Children’s Center shares after-school transportation responsibilities with the Vivian Olum Center, coordinating our pick-up schedules with several schools. After-school bus service to Moss Street costs $5 per day, or $15 per each three or more days, on after-school care days.

We love parents to be involved. Come by and have lunch, read a story, or just hang out. Let us know if you have ideas for a field trip or activity that you would like to be involved with. We welcome your input.


Cost of Services — Effective June 25, 2018

UO Student All Other Families
$4.05 per hour $5.65 per hour
$166 per week $228 per week

Classroom Hours

  • Jay: Monday–Friday, 2:30–5:45 p.m. (1:15–5:45 p.m. on early-release days; 7:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m. in summer)
  • Mallard: Monday–Friday, 2:30–5:45 p.m. (1:15–5:45 p.m. on early-release days; 7:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m. in summer)

Daily Communication

We recognize that parents often need current information about their child’s routines and behavior while in care. Brief check-ins at drop-off or pick-up are a good way to share information about how children are doing each day. However, teachers are often busy with other children, so they may not always be available. In addition to conferences that are scheduled each year, parents or teachers can request an individual meeting if questions or concerns arise.

When school-age children arrive at Moss Street by bus, our staff will sign them in. Parents will still be responsible for signing them out at pick-up. If your school-age child will not be attending Moss Street on a particular day, please inform us in advance. This is especially important when the child is transported by bus to Moss Street. Parents who do not inform us of absenses will be charged as if the child is in attendance.


Food

Meals are prepared by the Moss Street kitchen staff. The children and staff eat all meals together at classroom tables. We believe that these shared meals help develop relationships, interest in food, good eating habits, and social and self-help skills.

Moss Street is a participant in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program. We utilize different food service styles based on the age of the children.

Younger school-age children are served family style. Family-style service requires that the children pass food around the table at least three times. Children serve themselves and can take the amount and type of food they desire. If staff assist children, they must serve the minimum portion required by the USDA.  

The older school-age children are served cafeteria style. The cafeteria-style service allows the children to serve themselves each food component as they pass through the buffet line. They are required to take at least the minimum portion required of each component if they choose to pass through the buffet line.

Learn More About Our Nutrition Program

 
Dan Tewksbury
Lead Teacher

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