Ponoka Youth Centre rolls back Before School Program to early start

Drop off to change to 6:30 a.m. starting Oct. 15

In the hopes of accommodating more families, the Ponoka Youth Centre has changed its start time for its Before School Program, allowing drop offs at 6:30 a.m. starting Oct. 15.

The Before School Program was initiated with parents who do shift work, such as hospital workers, who start at 7 a.m.

However, after a full month of operating the new program and receiving some feedback from the community, it was clear some adjustments needed to be made, according to Morgen Chernick, program director.

Previously, drop-off started at 6:50 a.m.

“We’re really realizing that’s not enough time for them to drop off their children and get to work,” said Chernick.

The realization was that the cost of running the program was higher than initially anticipated, although costs to parents will not change.

The cost paid by the government for those who qualify for subsidy is now $15 per day, per child, and for those who aren’t government subsidized, the cost to parents remains $10 per day, per child and the youth centre absorbs the additional cost.

Chernick says that’s something the youth centre has always done to keep costs as low as possible for families.

For example, the actual cost of the After School Program is $16 per child per day but parents are only charged $11 if they don’t have government subsidy.

The 20-minute early start won’t affect scheduling overly much, and Chernick says the high-qualified, caring staff are “dedicated to doing whatever is needed in the best interests of the children.”

Besides those two changes the Before School Program will stay the same, with structured activities and child-directed play, as well as a quiet area for children to rest if desired.

As before, children are welcome to bring their breakfast and eat it at the centre if they would like to.

The program will begin at 6:30 a.m. and go until 8:15 a.m. on school days.

There will continue to be a supervised walking group to both elementary schools.

The youth centre does require families to pre-register for the Before School Program to participate as space is limited.

Chernick says they’d like to see more families participate in the program and the centre hopes moving the start time will allow more families to make use of the program.

Just Posted

REFLECTIONS: Ponoka was booming after the war years

By Mike Rainone for the News At the end of the long… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Ponoka Festival of Trees opening night gala and auction

Generous donors and bidders will help reach $100,000 goal

Fundraiser a test of endurance and fitness

Ponoka gym setting up to participate in worldwide fitness event

Alberta Justice Minister advocates UCP rural crime plan

Expanded property rights, more power to peace officers, demonetizing scrap mental part of UCP plan

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Protesters say Alberta bill would make it harder to access some medical services

The bill would mean a health-care provider could not be sanctioned for refusing to provide a service due to morals

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

Rebels ride 3-goal first period to 4-3 win over Brandon

Goaltender Byron Fancy with key saves in third period to save game

Supreme Court of Canada dismisses murder appeals in 2013 Calgary swarming death

Assmar Shlah and Franz Cabrera were convicted in 2016 of second-degree murder

One year on, most oil-and-gas bailout money has moved, federal government says

Sweden’s central bank says it has sold its Alberta-government issued bonds

Ski resorts selling mountain water is a risky move, critics say

Alberta allowed ski resort in Kananaskis Country to sell about 50 million litres to third party

Sportsnet looks at new options for Coach’s Corner time slot, post-Don Cherry

Spokesperson says Hall of Fame feature on tap this weekend after co-host’s firing

Most Read