Plan the Program Year
Local site start-up generally coincides with the start of the school year; however, a site can start serving families at any time after the staff has been trained. Sites can start with simultaneous or rolling registration. All families must receive a minimum of 23 weeks of visits in each program year. Many sites opt for a longer program-year schedule and some sites operate year-round. Many local partner organizations also offer summer and/or year-round supplemental group programming (i.e. in parks, libraries, or schools), providing families with recreational and social experiences they might not otherwise be able to access.