Compass Zone Program

Compass Zone Program

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The Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth’s Compass Zone Program is a licensed after school program that promotes the social, cultural, character, and physical development of member youth ages 6 to 13, through tutored homework sessions, educational gym time, and game room activities. It is a State licensed as a School Aged Child Care (SACC) program and is regulated by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Both Compass Zone and Summer Camp follow the guidelines of OST (out-of-school-time) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Offered every weekday during the school year from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm., and during individual school vacation days for an additional fee, the Compass Zone Program provides a safe, caring, and structured environment. Enrolled youth are offered activities designed to supplement the parents’ and schools’ efforts in meeting a youth’s developmental, intellectual, and educational needs. Compass Zone Program participants are members of the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth and pay a weekly fee to secure their slot for the following week (see below for rates). Child Care Vouchers are accepted (CCN, Community Care Network is a major provider) and a limited amount of in-house (partial) financial aid is available to those who qualify.

The Compass Zone Program provides transportation to the Club from some area schools (check with staff to determine which schools) and youth receive an afternoon snack that complies with the nutritional guidelines set by the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Applications for Fall enrollment are accepted in late Spring and Summer and slots are awarded on a first-come first-served basis – resources, staffing, and tutoring specialists are all determined by enrollment.  Families whose child(ren) cannot be placed are put on a waiting list and will be notified as soon as an open slot becomes available.  Last spring, enrollment grew to the limit of our license (65 children).

All Boys & Girls Clubs rely on donors and work hard to keep costs for fee programs as low as possible.  Regular memberships are $25 for the year and most programs have limited financial resources at the not-for-profit Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth.  Therefore, it is imperative that Compass Zone Program payments are made by the Thursday before the week that services are to be provided so that we may ensure adequate staffing and resources.  If a scheduled payment cannot be made the parent should notify staff to determine if an alternate payment arrangement may be made.  In addition, staff must be notified if the child will not be attending Compass Zone on an expected day by 1:00 p.m. (on school days) and 9:00 a.m. (on school vacation days) – failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence, 3 of which may cause the child to be withdrawn from the Compass Zone Program to provide other children on the waiting list a spot.  When a child is expected and does not arrive, we begin looking for the child.

It is our belief at the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth that the Compass Zone Program is most effective with ongoing, open communications between families and staff.  We strongly encourage guardians to visit the facility, provide feedback on their child’s (or their own) experience with the Compass Zone Program, and the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth.  Parents are invited to inquire about the Parent Advisory Board that meets to routinely review the Club’s policies and procedures, and to provide us with suggestions on ways we can better fulfill the needs of the community and the mission of the Compass Zone Program.

Compass Zone Program Rates

Attendance

1st Child

2nd Child

Weekly

$95.00

$75.00

3 Day Program

$70.00

$60.00

Vacation–full week (7:30a - 5:30p)

$170.00

$150.00

Vacation – 3 days  (7:30a - 5:30p)

$135.00

$120.00

Individual School Half Days $25

Individual School Vacation Days  $50