Beyond the Bell Continues to Grow
Beyond the Bell has continued to grow and offer quality child care services to Waukee students. Currently, Beyond the Bell serves around 550 children through their before-and-after school programming at Maple Grove, Shuler, Walnut Hills, and Woodland Hills Elementary Schools.
With the help of the Center for Outreach and Advocacy at Blank Children’s Hospital, all four sites have incorporated CATCH programming into the curriculum. CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a program that encourages children to develop healthy eating habits and to stay physically active. Through the CATCH program, children are constantly learning new activities to play in the gym, to help keep them active. We have also incorporated Science activities at each site once a week. We have put great emphasis on our curriculum and give the children choices such as art, science, gross motor activities and cooking projects.
During early-outs and no school days, children have nutrition lessons to encourage healthy eating choices. As a part of those lessons, children get the opportunity to make or prepare their own healthy snacks. The children have enjoyed various fruit and cereal trail mixes, vegetable and dip tastings, cheese tastings, apple tastings and many more.
Beyond the Bell will be open during the upcoming winter break on the following days: December 23, December 26, December 27, December 30, January 2 and January 3. Enrollment for these and other non-school days, is open to any child in the school district. Cost is $30 per non-school day.
For more information visit the website here or contact Andrea Wilmes, Associate Director of Child Care Services 987-5161 x4550.