Our mission is to offer a safe and fun enrichment program where kids are active, learn essential life skills, and build a sense of community using Afterschool as our teaching arena. Our afterschool programs are built on the foundation of our CREW Values:
Snack and Roll Call
CDC takes attendance and provides a healthy, allergen free snack every day. Please disclose all allergies and specific diet preferences of your child upon enrollment.
Students receive a minimum of half an hour homework time Monday-Thursday. We aim to help students develop positive study habits to help them be successful in the classroom. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete their homework during the designated homework time; unless requested by parents. Students that choose to do homework at home must be respectful to others doing their homework. They can read, draw or free write in their journal quietly until the group transitions to the next part of the day.
Time outside to run and play is a focal point of our afterschool day. Teachers actively supervise free play and facilitate games that emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. Whether kids are engaged with an organized game, having fun with arts and crafts on a nice day, or free play around the playscape, CREW kids are active outside.
Our teachers lead engaging activities that allow students to both explore new talents and build on known skills. Club activities are always age appropriate and well planned. Club activities include, but not limited to: sports, arts and crafts, painting, science and engineering, gym games, sewing, and cooking!
Student Lead Productions
Student driven CREW Projects allow our kids to make a difference in their community with meaningful service activities. CDC partners with other non-profit organizations to create significant learning opportunities for our students. Organizations CDC has partnered with included: Austin Pets Alive, Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Zoo, Craft Hope, and Meals on Wheels just to name a few. Community Outreach Projects our CREW students have organized include: bake sales, coin drives, art auctions, craft projects and donation drives with more to come!
Other student driven projects our afterschool programs plan and implement throughout the school year include: theatre and film productions, music videos, seasonal carnivals, and sporting events. CREW Projects and Productions allow our students to take on leadership roles, work together, and build a sense of community to their school and afterschool program. There is something for everyone in CREW!
Child Safety & Supervision
All of our afterschool programs are licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of every child. Your child’s safety is our top priority and expectations are met with our thorough hiring process, monthly training meetings and assignments, and constant staff evaluations. All CDC afterschool teachers must meet all safety requirements before working with our students.
Applicants must pass a standard background check and a FBI fingerprint check on a local and national level. Employees must also complete the TX DFPS Reporting Abuse and Neglect Training, have a current CPR and First Aid accreditation, and undergo a minimum of 24 annual hours of training in child care and education. Licensing representatives make annual, unannounced visits to each afterschool site to ensure the state’s standards for safety and supervision are being met.
Each afterschool location has a trained Site Director to oversee the daily operations of the program. Site Directors assist our teachers in mentoring children, as well as provide guidance and support to their teachers when needed. Our programs maintain a 15:1 student to teacher ratio and students are organized into age appropriate groups year around.
All parents that enroll their child in our programs are required to disclose all current medical conditions and allergies and provide all necessary medical equipment needed to help aid your child in case of an emergency. CDC requires all parents to give emergency medical equipment (epi pens, inhalers, etc.) to our afterschool staff to keep on site. CDC needs our own medical equipment as our teachers do not have access to the school front office or nurse rooms after 2:57pm.
CDC provides reliable child care to each of our south Austin communities. We commit our efforts to being the premier choice in afterschool care for our children, families, and AISD.