WEM School Age Child Care is a certified child care program 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.
Summer SACC Information
Summer SACC Handbook
School Year SACC
Location: Waterville Elementary School
Scheduling Options: Full-Time and Part-Time
Mission Statement: The mission of WEM School Age Child Care is to nurture and educate children in a safe and positive environment that will promote social skills, physical development and intellectual growth through age-appropriate play, projects and activities in accordance to the “Minimum Standards for School-Age Care Programs,” fostering a solid foundation for lifelong success by focusing on the key areas of WEM's Bucs Pride: Respectful, Responsible, Safe, Positive and Kind.
Benefits of the program:
- Create a sense of belonging
Being part of the SACC program is a way for children to connect with peers in a new setting. Kids who participate in programs outside of the school day are more likely to be included and feel like they’re part of a group. SACC promotes cooperation, support, and respect. This can help kids feel more secure about joining a game or starting a conversation. Staff members are able to encourage positive social skills.
- Broaden learning opportunities
SACC offers a variety of enrichment experiences. It’s a fun and meaningful way for kids to work with other kids in areas they enjoy and expand their interest areas.
As part of our after school program, we work on developing the skills, and providing the tools for students to best do their homework in a structured, supportive environment.
Risks are more likely for children when they are unsupervised before and after school. Keeping kids busy and providing quality supervision can keep them from engaging in risky behaviors.
Spaces are limited and are given in the order completed registration forms are received.
What Parents Have to Say
SACC is a reliable, safe resource for both our kids and parents. Without SACC, parents may not be able to meet the expectations of their employers. We appreciate the support our district gives to the SACC 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 SACC 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 SACC! 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, January 2023
WEM SACC Parent Survey Results, August 2022
WEM SACC Parent Survey Results, January 2022
WEM SACC Parent Survey Results, August 2021
WEM SACC Parent Survey Results, November 2020
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Regular School Days
Before School: 6:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
After School: 3:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Select Non-School Days
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.”
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 Child Care page on Facebook, or contact Jennifer Holicky, WEM SACC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.