Our school district runs before and after school child care programs at the elementary schools. The programs are fee-based, and seem to be highly used. My kids go to the after school program. The before school program is highly used since the elementary schools don't actually start until 9:15am.
Anyway, our district came out with its new budget, which calls for eliminating the before and after school programs. In a news article about this, our superintendent was quoted as saying that most school districts don't provide any kind of before/after school childcare programs. That surprised me - it seems that everyone I know sends their kids to some kind of similar program run through the school district.
So my questions are: (1) Are these programs really rare or is the superintendent just making excuses? (2) What other options are there for a parent who cannot be home everyday to meet the school bus?