The holidays are for reuniting, but what can parents do if their schedules only allow for a limited time off from work? Spaces are still available in Fairfax County’s School-aged Child Care (SACC) Winter Program, Dec. 27-30. There are 22 sites across the county including the two locations closest to the Kingstowne area: Rose Hill and Hayfield elementary schools.
Enrollment numbers vary by site. Children enrolled in kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible. The Winter Program hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. SACC offers a morning and afternoon snack; parents are asked to pack children a lunch.
Imagination is key at SACC’s Winter Program. Lois Kirkpatrick with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services tells Patch kids can get creative by becoming game pieces, characters and interactive players to design, construct, rewrite and put a new twist on traditional games.
Kirkpatrick says SACC nurtures creativity, supports independent thinking and encourages cooperative behavior. “Opportunities to cozy up with a good book, participate in popular gym games, arts and crafts activities, skits and outdoor play will round out a week of fun,” she described.
Rob Berman says his children have been enrolled in the SACC Winter program for six years. “Each year the activities get better and better and I find myself giving in to the continual ‘15 more minutes, please, Dad’ requests.”
Log on to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofc/saccwinter.htm or call (703) 449-8989 for more information.
And don’t forget to get a jump start on spring break. The next SACC camp is set for April 2-6, at locations including Rose Hill and Hayfield elementary schools. Details are available on http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofc/SACCSpring.htm.