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Standards for extended day care programs   

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The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall develop standards for the implementation of cost-effective quality extended day care programs, the cost of which shall be competitive with local private market rates. Indicators of quality may include, but not be limited to, any of the following:

(a) A physical environment that is safe and appropriate to the ages of the children and which meets applicable licensing standards as defined in Section 8480.

(b) Transportation or supervision to and from the school to the extended day care facility when the facility is not on the school site.

(c) A diverse school age child population from varying socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

(d) Extensive use of community resources appropriate to school age children, including those community resources with a cultural, recreational, or educational emphasis.

(e) Program activities that are age appropriate and meet the developmental needs of each child, including, but not limited to, academic, creative arts, and support service activities, and activities for social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development.

(f) Program activities and services that meet the cultural, linguistic, and other special needs of children and families served.

(g) Programs that support the academic growth of the children served, such as tutoring, homework assistance, and reinforcement of basic skills.

(h) Programs that encourage children to participate in organized and supervised youth groups.

(i) Family and community involvement.

(j) Parent education in specific strategies to help their children succeed in their academic programs.

(k) Efficient and effective local program administration.

(l) Staff that possesses the appropriate and required qualifications or experience, or both, as required in Section 8360. Extended day care instructional staff may be selected from persons qualifying under Section 8360 or state licensing regulations for school age child day care centers. The appropriate staff qualifications shall reflect the diverse linguistic and cultural makeup of the children and families in the extended day care program. The use of intergenerational staff shall be encouraged.

(m) Noninstructional staff may be utilized in the program as follows:

(1) Senior citizens may be hired as nonteaching personnel to perform noninstructional work.

(a) The director shall train these senior citizens to help care for children.

(3) A career ladder shall be utilized in the employment and promotion of noninstructional personnel.

(4) Each member shall have had a health examination made within the 12-month period preceding the date of employment.

(5) Each member shall submit duplicate personal identification cards upon which shall appear legible fingerprints and a personal description of the applicant.

(n) Provision for nutritional needs of children.

(o) Provision of, or referral to, support services that include, but are not limited to, identification of child and family needs.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1070, Sec. 2.)

Reference:

Education Code 8360

Education Code 8480