What We Offer
GEARS Kids Center provides care for children 3 – 12 years of age. We believe play is important at all ages. Play applies knowledge in the child’s own world and builds social skills that often cannot be found in a classroom. Our programs listed below offer full time and various types of part time contracts including one just for late start, early dismissal and no school days. More information can be found under each program.
August 2018 – May 2019 GEARS Kids Center Calendar
Check out our programs in action on the Kids Center Facebook Page
Feel free to contact us for a visit, or if you have any questions.
Before & After School Program
Our Before & After School Program is for children in 1st – 6th grade attending Mill Road, East High, Rheems or Bear Creek Elementary Schools. Bainbridge Elementary location opening for the 2019/2020 school year! Kindergartners use the after school program as part of their wrap around care. If you are looking for Kindergarten Before & After School, please scroll down to the Kindergarten Program. We are open from 6 am until the start of school and again from the end of the school day until 6 pm. We are located directly in the schools so you simply drop off and pick up your child at the school your child attends. We provide a breakfast program and an afternoon snack. Our curriculum follows the PA Learning Standards and provides activities in all areas. Children have time for homework, rest, play and active games. GEARS Kids Center focuses on social, emotional and interpersonal skills. We help children solve problems and handle their emotions in a constructive and acceptable way. We also offer opportunities to learn life skills such as cooking, sewing, addressing an envelope and more! Click on your child’s school above for more information.
Late Start, Early Dismissals & No School Days Only
If you have care for your children on a normal school day but need care on a day that school opens late, closes early or is closed all together, this is the program for you! You fill out a contact in the beginning of the school year and then just call us and let us know at least 10 days prior to the day, except weather related closings, that your child will be attending. The fee is $30 for the first day in a week, any additional days in that week will be charged as follows; $5 for late starts and early dismissals, $10 for Full days off. Your child would attend the before and after school site at their school for half days and Bear Creek Elementary for full days off. Breakfast or snack in the afternoon would be available along with a range of activities. Click the school your child would attend for more information Mill Road, East High, Rheems, Bear Creek.(Bainbridge coming 2019/2020 school year)
Our Summer Program runs June – August for children ages 3 to 12 years. Registration for 2019 begins February 11th! For enrollment papers, click here. We are open 6 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday. Preschool will be at the Community Center while the rest of the kids will be out at Bear Creek. 5th and 6th graders will have their own space again this year as well! A June Calendar will be out shortly for you to view. We offer the summer your kids want; swimming, bowling, filed trips and so much more! They get to CHOOSE between planned activities throughout their day – Schools out, let’s PLAY!
Our Preschool Program is for children 3 – 5 years of age and is located in the GEARS Community Center Building. Children PLAY and learn about the world around them. Our program uses the Highscope Curriculum, which is based on active learning, and supporting the child’s positive interactions with both adults and peers.. Our teachers use the children’s interest to create fun, educational and engaging activities for the children. We offer full day care or part day care depending on your needs. We also have a program for children that have outgrown their naps. They are given a place to continue to play and explore while the other children nap in a separate room. For more information, click here.
Kindergarten Before & After School Program
Our Before & After School Program for Kindergarten children is for children that attend Kindergarten at Bainbridge, East High, Mill Road or Rheems Elementary schools. Mill Road and East High children begin their day at the First Church of God, are bused to school and then can attend our onsite after school program. Rheems and Bainbridge children begin their day at the GEARS Community Center, are bused to their Elementary School, and then, if needed, they can stay at the school and attend GEARS Kids Center after school care with the 1st – 3rd graders. For information on the after school programs at East High, Mill Road and Rheems please click the individual school name.