Here at Eastridge we know that things have not been easy. Whether you're a parent, an essential worker, a teacher, a care-giver, or you just seem down in your luck during this pandemic, we want you to know that you are not alone. While acknowledging and respecting our region's school districts and administrations to return to schools with distance learning, hybrid models, and traditional classroom learning, the decision ultimately may leave you without many options. These options may limit you to return to work, give your child an equitable learning experience, and ultimately for them to socialize with their peers in a safe, sanitized, and secure environment. No doubt, there is a gap in our society's ability to provide these conditions for parents and the availability in the community.
That is where the church steps in. The Eastridge Education Co-Op was created by families and for families with the intention of giving a CONSISTENT option for students and parents to be able to plan and attend whenever the church needs to be AVAILABLE in order to give an opportunity to students to learn and socialize TOGETHER. The Co-Op is a fun place to learn and socialize with kids in school while giving them the ability to learn in a familiar setting.
While we are putting a lot of the effort into organizing, scheduling, and reaching your needs, we cannot do this without YOU as the parent. What makes this an education Co-Op is the availability you have in order to give our community of kids great education and great childcare, so we need your help. Below are some of the parameters that our families want to offer you and your students while staying safe, sanitized, and sacred.
Supplies and Donations We know that many of you cannot volunteer at the Co-Op. To supplement our needs here, do a few things:
you can donate at give.eccduluth.com
Sponsor a child for a week: every $15 allows a child to go to the Co-Op for one day, $75 allows them to go an entire week
or donate some of these items to the Co-Op:
Nut free snacks
Gluten free snacks
Juice boxes and juice bags
Markers, crayons, colored pencils
Power Strips and Power Cables
Plates, napkins, silverware
Coffee (K Cups or Ground Bean Coffee) and creamer (for volunteers)
Face coverings and masks
Disinfectant wipes or spray
Used or gently used tablets, Chromebooks, or iPads
Needs Based Availability The Co-Op meets the needs of the parents and students on a weekly basis. This means that the Co-Op is flexible on the days and the ways that it can provide childcare and education to the parents that need it at specific time blocks and on specific days. The days that the Co-Op is available to be open and the times are based off of the day's current needs one week prior to attending.
Weekly-carry over We want to be flexible and available for you and the Co-Op wants you to have your needs met. On the final day your student attends that week, you will be notified to see if you'd like to carry over the previous week's schedule or make any changes.
BLOCK 1, 2, & 3 The Co-Op wants to best serve the needs of the parents and students attending so we have a few options for when you apply. BLOCK 1: Early Morning Drop Off, 7am-9am BLOCK 2*: Educational Programming, 9am-1pm BLOCK 3: Late Pick Up, 1pm-5pm *To be admitted to the program, you must do at least the educational block in the schedule.
Daily Schedule Each day may look a little different based on the amount of kids that are attending on that specific day but a typical schedule will look like this: BLOCK 1: 7am-9am; Check-Ins administered by Eastridge Staff Board games, group games, and social time. Takes place in auxiliary rooms (Kidsridge, Kidsridge Junior, and Nursery). Weather permitting, this could be outside. Before BLOCK 2 begins, kids will be allowed a snack, use the washroom if needed, and prepped for the next BLOCK. Used rooms and areas will also be sanitized before moving on to BLOCK 2 rooms. BLOCK 2: 9am-1pm; Check-Ins completed prior to 9am by Eastridge Staff. All students will meet briefly in the Worship Center for prayer and devotion before they begin their school work. There will be workstations and tables set up with power and Wifi options for the students learning on devices. During this time there are also quiet study rooms for students to get quiet reading done. In this time there are general tutors and specific tutors for different emphases. Several of our tutors have professional education training and experience, so you can be assured that your student is getting a great supplemental education. 11:30: students will be asked to wrap up their learning time (finish projects, chapters, problems, etc.); they'll be asked to pack up and meet with an adult staff, parent, or tutor to talk about what was accomplished before they have lunch. 12pm-1pm: Lunch at long tables in auxiliary rooms or sanctuary; followed by outside play, games, pack-up and go. Each student will be individually checked out by a staff member if they are leaving at this time. BLOCK 3: 1pm-5pm; No Check-Ins are necessary because students will carry over from BLOCK 2. Outside play, games, activities. Snack will also be provided during this time. Each student will be individually checked out by a staff member if they are leaving at this time.
Safety and Food Safety Please read our COVID-19 Mitigation and Preparedness Plan over on our News Page HERE. We are a Nut-Free facility. We ask that your child has any additional food allergies, please list them in your child's application. Lunches and lunchboxes will be provided by the student's parent or guardian. They will not be refrigerated, but will be kept in a sanitized zone to be retrieved only by your child. If you have any specific snacks that you would like your child to have or not have, please let us know in your application as well.
Volunteering and Donations Like we said before, we cannot do this without the help of volunteers as well as the donations and gifts of our community. For the reward of your time, we can offer that for every BLOCK you as a parent volunteers at the Co-Op, one of your students will receive two BLOCKS for free the following week. For example, if Parent Joe volunteers BLOCK one on Monday of week one, his daughter Josephina will get two BLOCKS knocked off the bill of week 2 if they are in the Co-Op. One BLOCK is about equal to $5. So if Josephina attends Monday, Wednesday and Friday of week 2, her bill will be $35 because her father Joe volunteered one BLOCK last week. Basically, the more you volunteer the more cost effective it becomes for the parent. We also accept all monetary cash, check, and card donations that will go to the program. We also accept school supplies, cleaning supplies, snacks, and games as donations as well. These gifts help the program stay safe and fun for the current group and any future groups we have. Not a parent but still want to help? We need the communities help as well as the parent's help. So if you have any special training, education training, or just want to hang out with kids we'd love to have you serve along us.
Cost $15 per day per child, that's it! The $15 per day allows one student to attend up to three BLOCKS with a minimum of BLOCK 2 being required no matter the cost. It also covers the cost of tutors, childcare, staffing, snacks, and supplies.
Special Needs At this time, the Eastridge Education Co-Op does not have the opportunity to provide professional, licensed, and educational care for students with special needs. However, we do not want to miss out on future ways we can serve in this capacity. If you or someone you know has resources on training and facilitating education for students with special needs, please contact us and we'll be happy to get more details from you.
Education and Tutoring We want your student to thrive in our learning environment. The Co-Op will have paid and volunteer tutors on site during BLOCK 2 in order to assist your student. Some of our tutors have specialties in reading, math, science, social studies, and other areas of curriculum. It is our goal to have your child leave the Co-Op having accomplished the tasks you have set for them. Upon arrival, please provide some information about what you'd like your student to accomplish so the tutors and the staff know which direction to point them in.
Sacred The community that we have here at Eastridge is faith based, so we want your child to be educated in their faith as well. That does NOT mean we'll be teaching them like religious education, or VBS, or Sunday School. Instead, we'll use our faith based curriculum that we use on Sundays to carry into some of the organized activities, games, and crafts that we don't have the opportunity to complete on Sunday because we don't have enough time. In essence, the fun, amazing, and creative activities we don't get to on Sundays now get to spill into the rest of the week. Of course we'll also have times of prayer and devotional in the beginning of BLOCK 2 so that we know that Christ is honored in this space and with our time we have together.