Mid-America Science Museum Launches New After School Care Pilot Program
Hot Springs, AR. (Nov. 1, 2018) – A new after school care program at Mid-America Science Museum, entitled Science After School, is being planned in collaboration with the Hot Springs School District. To launch this project, a pilot program will be conducted beginning on January 7, 2019 and will be offered Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm until the end of the school year. At this time, Science After School will only be available for a maximum of 107 students living in the Hot Springs School District and who are in Kindergarten through 6th grade. At the completion of the pilot, adjustments will be made to the program based on lessons learned and then Science After School will be made available to all students in the Hot Springs area for the 2019/2020 academic year.
This pilot program will be the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas and is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. “The licensing process that the museum undertook prepared our educators for the launch of this new program and we’re anticipating full enrollment for the first year,” said Jeremy Mackey, Education Director at Mid-America Science Museum.
“We are excited to be offering after school science learning opportunities for local students and we are privileged to offer a safe and comfortable environment for child care that is affordable and needed by families in Hot Springs. We are proud to be partnering with the Hot Springs School District and look forward to serving families in this new way,” said Diane LaFollette, Executive Director at Mid-America Science Museum.
Parents may download Science After School applications at midamericamuseum.org beginning Thursday, November 1st. There is a $30 application fee for registration. The form and the fee must be received at the museum by Monday, December 10th, 2018 for a child to be registered. There is a $10 late registration fee for applications that are submitted after the deadline.
“Science After School at Mid-America is an afternoon program unlike anything else offered in the state, and it is taking place right here in Garland County. Our students are so fortunate to have this creative enrichment opportunity, and will undoubtedly benefit from this non-traditional approach to science-based learning,” says Hot Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus.
For more information, Hot Springs School District parents may contact the museum or attend an Open House at the museum on Monday, November 12th at 5:30 pm.