The Puyallup School District welcomes all families to enroll students in their local school. As a public school system, the district provides instruction and support for students in kindergarten through grade 12 during regular school hours.
However, because many families require childcare options before and after the school day the district has contracted with a childcare provider called Right At School to offer these services. The contract provides Right At School with the rights to rent district facilities and offer their services as a resource to parents.
Providing more options for families has been an interest of the directors of the school board and an idea coming from leadership in the district’s PTA Council. When researching vendors the committee was most interested in a program which is:
- Designed for students in preschool through grade six
- Aligned to academic standards that offer a continuum of services
- Housed in all elementary schools
- Flexible in payment options for families
- Able to provide childcare from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
The nationally recognized after-school enrichment provider, Right At School will begin providing services during the 2017-18 school year. Informational community meetings will take place on Thursday, March 16 at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Two identical meetings have been scheduled for 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Although the current before and after school childcare vendor, the YMCA, is unable to meet the established criteria, they will continue to provide services through the end of the current school year. The district has appreciated the partnership over the past several years.
Parents currently using the YMCA childcare services may need assistance during the transition. For this reason, this new webpage has been created and will be updated with new information periodically.
In addition to meeting the criteria listed above, Right At School will provide:
- Options range from one day a week to five days including morning or afternoon or both
- 10% discount for military families
- 10% discount for siblings
- 20% discount for families who qualify for free or reduced lunches.
Along with the scheduling flexibility and financial discounts, Right At School has its own Director of Curriculum who will work directly with the school district’s leadership to ensure an optimal academic experience. The curriculum will feature hands-on learning, multi-sensory activities, child-driven projects, daily fitness, team building, and leadership development.
The Puyallup School District is looking forward to working with parents, students, and Right At School personnel to provide a safe, fun, and challenging academic before and after school option for families.
Pricing Information: Puyallup.pdf
Información en español: Puyallup_ES.pdf
Are you interested in working as a site coordinator or lead teacher for Right At School? If so, please click on the following links:
Site Coordinator: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1514112
Lead Teacher: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1514073
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: When will Right At School begin offering services?
A: At the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Q: When does registration open for Right At School?
A: Online Registration will begin March 6, 2017.
Q: How do we learn more about the Right At School program?
A: A community informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017. Two identical meetings will be held at the Pioneer Park Pavilion at 333 So. Meridian, Puyallup, WA at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The following link provides more information about Right At School:
Información en español:
Q: What does a typical Right At School schedule look like for students?
A: Please click on the following link to learn more about a typical schedule:
Información en español:
Q: Why will the YMCA contract end?
A: The YMCA will end because the district established the following before and after school childcare program criterion, which the YMCA was unable to meet:
• Designed for students in preschool through grade six
• Aligned to academic standards that offer a continuum of services
• Housed in all elementary schools
• Flexible payment options for families
Q: Does Right At School honor state assistance payments for qualifying families?
A: It is the intention of Right At School to honor state assistance payments for qualifying families. Right At School discounts will include:
• 10% discount for military families
• 10% discount for siblings
• 20% discount for families who qualify for free or reduced lunches
Q: Why is the Puyallup School District expanding before and after school childcare options?
A: Providing more options for families has been an interest of the board of directors, district leadership, and PTA council for
several years. The board of directors commissioned district leadership to explore expansion of before and after school childcare options.
Q: Will preference be given to PSD employees when registering children with Right At School?
A: All families interested in registering children with Right At School will be accommodated in before and after school childcare.
Q: Will Right At School offer childcare on supplemental days, professional days, early release, etc.?
A: Yes, Right At School will offer childcare on days when staff report to school, but students do not.
Q: Will Right At School offer summer childcare?
A: Yes, Right At School will offer summer childcare starting in 2018. The YMCA will offer childcare during the upcoming summer.
Q: Will there be a waitlist for Right At School or will current YMCA students have spots held?
A: Right At School will not have a maximum attendance at each site. They will staff accordingly as students enroll.