School Age Child Care (SACC)
Note, the photos above were taken pre-pandemic.
2020/2021 SACC Handbook and Enrollment Form
Summer 2021 SACC Flier
We are excited to kick off another summer of the School Age Child Care program! We are thrilled to see all of our returning children and meet some new faces as well!
WEM School Age Child Care is a certified child care center for children entering Kindergarten through age 12. We offer children the chance to make the most out of their time out of school with opportunities to explore new interests, learn new skills, and develop new friendships while providing flexible and affordable child care to families in the WEM communities.
Summer registration opens March 1, 2021.
Summer 2021 SACC Handbook and Enrollment Form
Non-School-Day School Age Child Care Registration
Register for non-school-day SACC by completing the forms below.
Make sure to hit "submit" at the end of each form to finalize responses.
New forms will be added throughout the year prior to upcoming non-school days. Contact Jennifer Holicky with questions.
COVID-19 has necessitated many changes to SACC policies and procedures to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.
Minnesota Department of Education COVID-19 Updates
State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response: Child Care Information for Families and Providers
As we all try to navigate through these uncharted times, we are hearing from you about your needs for connection, knowledge, and flexible child care.
What will this look like for SACC?
WEM Community Education is planning to meet those needs and is closely monitoring the Governor's orders and will follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We are purposely designing our programs to have new health and safety procedures.
- Smaller group sizes held in larger spaces
- Designated pick-up and drop-off locations
- Health screenings for staff and students
- Individual supplies, and limiting opportunities for shared materials
- Increased cleaning of classroom spaces and materials prior to and after use
- Social distancing strategies will be practiced
All SACC participants (children, parents/guardians, and staff) must self-screen by using the self-screening tool PRIOR to entering the building. If you answer yes to any of the questions, stay home and contact the School Age Child Care Coordinator as soon as possible. Report any positive test results to the SACC Coordinator.
Self-Screening Tool / Checklist
You may also want to refer to the Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree and the Centers for Disease Control Quarantine Guidelines.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Regular School Days
Before School: 6:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
After School Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
After School Friday: 12:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Select Non-School Days: 6:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
WEM School Age Child Care will open at its regularly scheduled time for scheduled late starts according to the district calendar.
WEM School Age Child Care will open at dismissal time for scheduled early dismissals according to the district calendar.
Unscheduled / Weather-Related Closures
Two-hour late start: SACC will open two hours late at 8:30 a.m.
Early dismissal: SACC will be closed
School closed: SACC will also be closed
In the event that children are already at SACC, and a school closing is called, SACC will close one hour after the call is made. Parents will need to make arrangements to have their children picked up within the hour.
Mrs. Jennifer Holicky has worked within the WEM district since 2013 and with SACC since 2016. In October of 2018, she took over as the interim coordinator while finishing her third term as a Reading Corps tutor. She accepted the full-time School Age Child Care Coordinator position in June of 2019.
Mrs. Holicky (known to the kids as Ms. Jennifer) says, “Our mission is to nurture and educate children in a safe and positive environment so they are prepared for school and for life. Children will develop positive social skills and values and learn about their world through age-appropriate play, projects, and activities. We provide a caring environment that fosters a solid foundation for lifelong success focusing on the four key areas of WEM’s Bucs Pride: Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Positive.”
WEM School Age Child Care is a childcare program for students entering or currently enrolled in kindergarten through grade six. Children have the chance to make the most of their time out of school with opportunities to explore new interests, learn new skills, and develop new friendships while providing families with a flexible on-site childcare option. Children get to participate in a variety of activity areas such as arts, crafts, games, sports, 4H, field trips, STEM, and much more. SACC operates 12 months a year in the Waterville building. During the school year, SACC is open before and after school, scheduled late starts, scheduled early dismissals, and select non-school days.
Mrs. Holicky says, “As a mom of four, I completely understand the importance of quality childcare.” Her children are Blake, a 2017 WEM graduate; Brody, 8th grade; Auston, 7th grade; and Lilly, age 4. “One of my favorite things about being a parent and working with children is their never-ending sense of curiosity and how they give me a different perspective to look at the world in a whole different way.”
What Parents Have to Say
SAC is a reliable, safe resource for both our kids and parents. Without SAC, parents may not be able to meet the expectations of their employers. We appreciate the support our district gives to the SAC program and its staff.
The friendships that are made have been great. My daughter has gotten to know kids of all ages. I believe it’s because Miss Jennifer is doing a variety of activities where they get to know one another. My daughter enjoys going to SAC and feels connected to the teachers since it’s obvious they care about their kiddos! Also, appreciate them following the Bucs Pride rules and behavior.
We love SAC! It is a great option for parents that work. Kids are able to do fun activities, go on field trips, and learn social and emotional skills to increase problem-solving skills as well as how to get along with others.
WEM SACC Parent Survey Results, November 2020
How Old is Old Enough - from Le Sueur County Department of Human Services
A Guideline for parents to decide at what age your child can be left unsupervised or can babysit other children.
To learn more about SACC at WEM, follow the WEM School Age Chid Care page on Facebook, or contact Jennifer Holicky, WEM SACC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.