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VPK with wrap around program

The new school year is here, and parents who need options for childcare are ready to look for a center that offers a variety of choices for the hours that are needed for childcare through the school year. Family schedules for the school year are varied. Work, activities for older siblings, and family time before homework in the evening need to be scheduled for each week. Childcare centers around the country offer varied choices for hours and educational settings for young children. Educational settings with "wrap around" hours for before-school and after-school are a popular choice for parents who need childcare along with early childhood education for their young children.

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A Step Above Childcare Center in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota offers a "wrap-around" program for parents who would like to enroll their child in the free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program offered by the center. The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program is a quality program for 4-year-olds, and with the standards in kindergarten at a higher level, it is necessary that young children attend a quality pre-kindergarten program. Hours for pre-kindergarten are from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Children who are enrolled in the voluntary pre-kindergarten may also participate in the before and after school hours for the "wrap around" childcare schedule. Free before-school hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Free morning snacks and lunch are included for children attending pre-kindergarten classes and the wrap around activities.

Enrichment activities that are offered during the after-school care include art, Spanish, American Sign Language, music, science activities, gardening in the center's garden, and cooking classes. Photography, pottery classes, and computer classes are also a part of the after-school activities. Wrap around childcare hours are available for 2, 3 ,4, and 5 days of the school week.

A Step Above Childcare Center is located at 7323 Merchant Court in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota. You are invited to schedule a tour of the center if you are looking for a variety of choices for childcare hours.