• We are happy to announce we will operate the Holiday/Snow Day programs this year. Registration links are now available. We will begin the program on November 11. Please note we will not be operating on Wednesday inclement weather days while we are on the 2X3 school schedule.  We will operate on pre-determined holidays (for instance Nov 11, Veteran's Day).

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Holiday/Snow Day Program (Hardin Park)


    Please note that completed registration is required 24  hours in advance of a child attending the program. Because licensing regulations require that certain policies be explained directly to parents, even when the policies are also provided in writing, registration must be completed in a virtual meeting with the Program Coordinator. However, you can speed up registration by filling out the on line registration form. After your registration is submitted,  the program coordinator will email you to make an appointment to attend a policy class (Program Coordinator contact information may be found on this page in the left hand column). A registration fee of $230.00 per child must be received at the time of registration. A complete description of costs is available in the Parent Handbook that is emailed when you submit your enrollment form or upon request .
    If you need a computer to fill out our online registration, please ask the program coordinator.

    After the initial registration in November , registration is by appointment only

    Program Summary
    The Holiday/Snow Day program is licensed as a school-age child care program by the NC Division of Child Development and offers supervised educational, recreational, and enrichment activities. The program operates 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for Watauga County Schools students in grades K-5 at Hardin
    Park elementary school on some holidays, teacher work days, or when schools are closed due to inclement weather except when inclement weather days fall on Wednesdays. WE WILL NOT OPERATE ON WEDNESDAYS WHEN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER. 

    Program Personnel and Management
    The Hardin Park after school Program Coordinator is in charge of daily operations on-site, including supervision of staff, activity planning, ordering and organizing materials and supplies, and compliance with licensing regulations and program polices. Most personnel are ASU students majoring in child development or a related field. All personnel receive criminal background checks and each center has personnel trained in CPR and First Aid. Child/staff ratios are typically in the range of 14-18:1 depending on the age of the children. Overall program management is provided by Pam Shirley (264-7190).

    Fees for each child are $23.00 per day. For complete costs review the Holiday/Snow Day Parent Handbook from the left hand column of this page.  Since we must hire and pay staff based on expected attendance, fees are charged based on a child's registration, not his/her attendance.
    All children registered for the snow option must pay for all snow days that the program operates during the time they are registered whether the child attends or not. The days listed on the registration are the only optional days. Choose these"Pre-determined" days carefully, there are NO REFUNDS for these dates once a child is registered.
    Refunds for snow days requested by December 17 will be granted less a $25.00 processing fee and charges for any days for which the program has already operated. No refunds for snow days are granted that occur while a child is registered whether the child attends or not.
    No refunds will be made after January 15, 2021. 

    Subsidies are available to eligible parents through the Department of Social Services, Caldwell Community College (students only), and clients of WAMY Community Action. A Reduced Rate is available for parents whose children attend the after school program, apply and are qualified.There are a limited number of spaces available for this subsidy. The costs of two  snacks daily  and program supplies are included in the program fees (see complete Fee Scale at the bottom of the page). Each child must bring his/her own lunch and water bottle.
    The Snack menu for the first 10 Snow Days may be found by clicking on the link below.