School Age Program

School Age Program

The School Age Program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers School Age Care (SAC) as a year round program. Our program provides supervised recreational, educational, social and cultural programs for eligible youths ages 5-12 (kindergarten through sixth grade) in a safe and healthy environment. The program is accredited by the National After School Alliance. Youth Programs currently offer a Before and After School Program, Holiday, Summer and Day Camps for teacher workdays. We invite parents to visit our facility and meet the staff of the SAC program before making parental decisions concerning childcare. The Tinker School Age Program believes the services rendered are of vital importance to the growth and development of the children of Tinker AFB. The School Age Program is committed to providing a quality learning environment that promotes development through all possible resources.

Before and After School

During a normal school day, our doors are open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. We provide a full breakfast. Our staff then walks the children next door to Tinker Elementary for the regular school day. After school, children are provided a snack. The SAP will provide transportation to and from several Mid-Del elementary schools. Call the Youth Center for more information about transportation.

Registration

Initial registration requires completion of AF Form 1181 and the Air Force Child Development Program Patron Registration. Separate registration for summer and the school year is provided. To register or if you have any questions please call or drop by the Tinker Youth Center.

Summer Day Camp

During the summer months, the School Age Program provides care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The children have a variety of supervised activities as well as field trips, swimming, bowling, clubs and movies. During the day breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided.

School Age Registration

The Tinker School Age Program (SAP), accredited by the National Afterschool Association (NAA,) offers quality Before and After School Care to children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade who are enrolled in Tinker Elementary School. The SAP offers a safe and healthy environment where youth can feel safe and comfortable. Youth can choose to participate in a variety of activities and clubs such as cooking, gardening, drama, beading, etc. Youth have opportunities to participate in community service projects and activities that help extend the school learning day. Other programs offered include Power Hour, a homework incentive program, Fit Factor, a fitness incentive program and other fine arts programs. More about the program...

◦Curriculum goals are offered in the SAP that meet youth's developmental needs.
◦Youth with special needs are welcome and staff will meet with the family to ensure IEP goals are supported.
◦Parents of children in the program have the opportunity to participate in a Parent Advisory Board.
◦The Tinker School Age Program staff are required to complete 24 hours of training each year in topics pertaining to school age development.
◦Staff are also trained in CPR and First Aid as well as Identification of Child Abuse and Reporting procedures.

Registration for Before and After School begins 1 Aug. Parents interested in registering their child(ren) may go to the Tinker Youth Center for a registration packet. Required documents needed in the registration packet include: Sponsor's most recent LES, Spouse's most recent LES or paystub or school letter if applicable, if single or dual military- AF Form 357 or OPNAV 1740, divorce decree/power of attorney if applicable.

The Tinker School Age Program follows the Mid Del School District calendar and provides full day camp on school vacation days and teacher work days excluding federal holidays. The program also offers full day camp on weather related school closings if the base operating status is "Open." Parents interested in Mid Del School District information for enrollment, etc can access the website at: http://www.mid-del.net/. First day of school for Mid Del Schools is 11 Aug 2011.

Call (405)734-7866 for more information.