Dear Parents,
On behalf of myself and the T.A.P.S organization, I would like to say how excited we are to be providing Before/After and Out of School Care to your children for the 2019-20 school year at Mallard Creek STEM Academy. We have had a great partnership with the school since they opened their doors a few years back. When we were approached in providing care, we immediately took a look at the current program and sought after ways we could not only improve upon what was already in place but how we could then provide care in a way children, parents and school could be proud of.

T.A.P.S, Inc. has been providing both onsite and offsite care to many of the Charter Schools and Public schools in the Charlotte area for the last 5 years. We have assisted in the opening of Charter schools as well as provide care in existing programs. There are key areas we look at when deciding programming for any partnership and those are; Cost, Safety, Education, Programming that fits the demographics of the school, Staffing qualified employees, and structured fun activities. For MCSA, we are excited to bring more structured activities every day, extended pick up times, care for early release days(included in the cost), homework help, and Middle School appropriate clubs. We also looked at the number of children enrolled during the past years and felt the need to decrease ratio and hire additional staff to accommodate enrollment.

T.A.P.S is always sensitive to the impact on families that any fee increase incurs, however, it is deemed necessary to have increased the rate of care for the 2019-20 year to enable us to provide the highest of quality, a well-resourced program for all students in our care. While addressing the rising cost for qualified staff, and overhead we strived to keep the change to a minimum. All fees are inclusive of charges pertaining to regular care during the school academic year. There are a number of special care days we charge separately. These include for example; care on days school is closed in accordance with the school policies. When we looked at the average cost for care, for school-aged children, in this area, we are still rated at the very low end for the county and for providers within a 10-mile radius including CMS. We will continue to work vigorously to provide you and your student with the exceptional care you expect and deserve for your investment. Our goal is to meet and exceed yours, and collaborative school expectations.

Once again, we are so excited to meet each and every one of you, thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to serving you this year!

Sincerely,

Cynthia Smith
President, T.A.P.S, Inc
tapscsmith@gmail/704-674-8331
www.tapscharlotte.com

T.A.P.S Hours of Operation and Schedule

Before Care

6:30am-Drop Off
8:15am-Lower School Release to school
8:30am-Middle School Release to school

Students cannot be dropped off prior to 6:30 am each morning, ALL parents are required to walk their child(ren) in for check into their groups

Aftercare

(All students are checked in by their Group Leader)

3:15-Lower School Check-in
3:45-Middle School Check-In
6:30 PM Pick-Up Late Charges start at 6:31 at $1.00 per minute, per child


ALL parents and authorized persons are required to walk in and sign each child out every day with our Admin.

Daily Schedule

Check-In immediately After the Bell
Snack Time
Homework Help (Required for all students. Reading if there isn’t any homework assigned)

Activity Rotation

(Each group will rotate the stations separately, and as according to grade level). Students in the T.A.P.S afterschool program participate in, arts, music, games and sports, STEM activities, homework sessions, clubs and more.

Lower School:

  • Group Play
  • Arts and Crafts
  • STEM Challenges

Middle School:

  • Team building
  • Club(Book, Debate, Film, Art, Athletics) students are able to choose the one they want to participate in

All students will be placed in groups according to their grade levels. Groups will not be the same activity at the same time to ensure everyone has a fair rotation and the activities can be completed and enjoyed.

T.A.P.S 2019/20 Before/After School Price Schedule

Registration is $25.00 per child, to be in the program(non-refundable). For parents who have already preregistered through Titian Care, we will honor your registration and your children are enrolled in the program if you choose to bring them to T.A.P.S. Any questions regarding payments to Titan Care for the coming year can be answered by contacting MCSA.

Before Care Only $20.00 per week
Before Care with After School $10.00 per week


After School with Before Care $65.00 per week or $260.00 per month per Child
After Care without Before Care $55.00 per week or $220.00 per month per Child

Early Release Days are included in the weekly price for students already enrolled in daily care.

Breaks and Closings(Care is available as according to school policies and with at least 10 children being enrolled) $85.00 per week for 3 or more days hours are 7:30am-6: 00 pm.

Drop-In Care on Closings For children who don’t need daily care, but a couple of days during that week. There is a $25.00 drop-in fee for the full day, care must be scheduled in advance of the days to ensure our ratio is not exceeded.

Drop-In Care $10.00 per day (on a regular school day) not to exceed 2 days in the same week. (For Before and Aftercare only). If we track you are needing drop-in care on a regular weekly basis, we may deem our part-time care is a more appropriate option. This must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance online. Emergency drop-in care can be scheduled the day of(Must be paid online or at pickup). ALL drop-in care requires an email to both T.A.P.S and MCSA otherwise your student will be on their regular dismissal arrangements.

Part-time Care 1-2 days is $22.00 per week and must be paid in full for the month at the rate of $88.00 per month. No sibling discount on part-time care and families can choose any two days per week which is equivalent to 8 days per month.

Sibling Discount is a 10% savings on the oldest child. Please contact us for pricing on 3 or more children.

Payments are made on-site with the Admin every Friday for the coming weeks care. Late fees will start at the end of business on Monday. (See registration link for late fee breakdown). T.A.P.S only takes Credit, Debit, Money Order or Cash. No personal checks accepted. Receipts are provided at the time of payment either electronically or paper. For Cash, the exact change is required. Families can pay weeks or by the month in advance. Tuition is based on enrollment, NOT attendance. Payment is due regardless of attendance.

Registration is done online at tapscharlotte.com or by following the link from MCSA site. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Enrollment cannot exceed staffing as ratios must be maintained. You will not be able to register your child once we have meet staff/student ratio, and will be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted if either space opens up or staff increases. At that time, you can pay the registration.