KIDS CO. AT WEST MERCER
Each day there is a chance for exploration at Kids Co. at West Mercer, located at West Mercer Elementary. Welcoming and engaging staff are there every day to help the kids discover their passion and build supportive relationships. We offer a low structured morning program with a quiet project, kids choice activities, an outdoor play session, and a communal breakfast snack. The program ends as the first school bell rings and we make sure they are prepared for the day with all of their belongings before releasing them to line up for school with their classmates. Kids are greeted warmly as they arrive after school and enjoy light activities as staff ensure everyone is present and accounted for. Outside play is first on the schedule to release all the energy that has built up throughout the day. We head back inside to recharge with a tasty snack. Snack time flows into educational time which is a chance to focus on homework, reading, writing in journals, or participating in rotating educational challenges. Each day there is a project from a topic the kids have suggested or one that staff knows will excite our kids. These projects are chosen to inspire wonder, fostering creativity, and/or encouraging STEM perspective. The day winds to an end with kids having the opportunity to have kids’ choice activity centers. Often they even want to help staff clean up and prepare for the next day. Overall we focus on giving the kids the chance to make and learn from their own choices, building a supportive community, and encouraging them to have a curiosity about the world around them.