The following sliding-fee schedule has been established:
Full Rate $60.00
Scholarship Rate III $40.00
Scholarship Rate II $25.00
- Scholarships are available and based on household income. The parent must complete an application for Reduced EDEP Fees and income verification to determine the proper EDEP fees to be charged. Until this form is processed and approved, everyone will pay the full rate.
- If your child is withdrawing from the program, a request for a refund must be given in writing via email to the On-Site Coordinator. No refunds will be issued after 30 days from the last day in attendance.
- Fees are due weekly regardless of attendance
Enrolling in EDEP, a nonrefundable/nontransferable annual registration fee of $25.00 per child, per school is due at registration. If a child withdraws from EDEP, a new registration fee will be charged.
Late Pick-Up Fees
Beginning at closing time, late pick-up fees will be charged. The rate is $15.00 per child for every 15 minutes you are late picking your child up.
Habitual tardiness (2 times) in picking up children will result in dismissal from the program. Parents must call the EDEP to notify staff of any extenuating circumstances. Pick up after 7:00pm will result in immediate dismissal.
The clock from our sign out system will be used to determine the time.
Weekly Fees are charged each Monday morning. An official EDEP withdrawal form must be submitted to the site Coordinator prior to noon to cancel the current week fees. Students wishing to re-enroll (if space allows) will be charged a new registration fee of $25. Any refund request must be submitted to the Site Coordinator via email within 30 days of last attendance.
Financial Policies & Procedures
* Payment of fees are due in ADVANCE, before the child attends. Fees are due no later than 10:00 a.m. Monday morning each week. Prepayment of services assures compliance with the Florida State Constitution (Article VII, Section 10) which requires tuition to be paid in advance of services.
* Each Monday, after attendance a late payment fee of $10 will be added to all unpaid accounts. Partial payments will be assessed a late fee.
* Families will be charged each week, regardless of attendance.
* Fees will not be prorated for holidays or absences.
* Make checks payable to EDEP. Include on the check your child’s name.
* Post dated and temporary checks will not be accepted.
* Accounts must be kept current regardless of custody issues.
* It is School Board policy to use Envision Payment Solutions to electronically redeposit returned checks. This electronic redeposit and associated fees will be indicated on your bank statement in the ATM or electronic payment section. The recovery fees vary, but will be a minimum of $25. If you have questions regarding the electronic process, please call Envision Payment Solutions at 1-877-290-5460 or 770-709-3100. Cash or online payments will be mandatory after a returned check.
Additional Program Information
The program will vary from school to school, according to the interests of the children and talents of the staff. All programs will include homework and snack time, as well as recreational, academic, and enrichment activities.
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for active play. Tennis shoes and a change of clothes are recommended.
Notification of Absences
If your child is at school but will be absent from EDEP, you must notify the school office or EDEP staff by 12:00 noon. If your child is absent from school, he/she will not be expected to attend EDEP and you will not need to call. Absences from the EDEP will be verified daily against the school absentee list. Children must be in school no later than noon to attend EDEP. A child absent from school MAY NOT attend EDEP.
If a child attended school and is expected to come to the EDEP but is not present at roll call, the coordinator will make every effort to notify the parents. The call will alert parents that their child did not come to the EDEP and will determine where the child is expected to be.
All staff members must meet established educational and experience requirements for the position held and participate in training. Each employee must undergo state and local criminal background checks and drug testing. All on-site coordinators are certified in CPR and First Aid. The program provides a staff: child ratio of 1:20, which is well below the maximum licensing standards.
Emergencies and Illnesses
In the event of a medical emergency, reasonable effort will be made to contact parents/guardians for specific instructions. If parent cannot be reached, the coordinator will take necessary action. The action on the part of the program personnel does not obligate the personnel or the school to assume financial responsibility for the treatment of the child. The EDEP does provide accident insurance for participants. Claim forms and instructions are provided by the On-Site Coordinator. If a child becomes ill while attending the EDEP, the child’s parents/guardians will be contacted to pick the child up from the program. Refusal to pick up your child promptly could result in dismissal from EDEP.
EDEP personnel are not authorized to store or administer prescription medication and do not have access to medication stored in the school clinic. You are encouraged to ask your physician to prescribe dosage intervals that fall outside of EDEP hours. However, if the school nurse is still on campus during EDEP hours, EDEP may attempt to facilitate by delivering the student to the nurse for medication.
Notification of Changes
It is the parent's responsibility to notify the On-Site Coordinator if there are changes to the home address, phone numbers, custody arrangements, who may pick up the child (ren), etc. To ensure that your child's records are kept up-to-date, it is extremely important that you immediately notify the On-Site Coordinator of any changes. Emergency Phone numbers must be kept current. A local phone number must be provided. Long distance calling is not available.
Changes at home should be communicated so that staff will be prepared to deal with any changes in behavior.
Daily contact between parents and teachers is an important part of the program. By sharing information concerning your child’s activities and welfare, we can work together to better meet the child’s needs. It is extremely important that any change in address, emergency numbers, etc. be kept current.
Newsletters are sent home as needed to keep parents informed of upcoming events, programs activities, and health and safety issues. Conferences with the EDEP staff can be arranged by the parent or staff as needed.
All children in the EDEP will be expected and required to follow the Code of Student Conduct, EDEP rules, and any individual school rules. The School Board of Alachua County reserves the right to dismiss any child from the EDEP for repeated, disruptive behavior. Parents must remember that their child’s participation in EDEP is a privilege, not a right.
EDEP Program Rules
- Always walk in the cafeteria or hallways.
- Leaders will be obeyed at all times.
- Children will stay with leaders at all times.
- Good sportsmanship and fair play will be displayed at all times.
- Keep hands and feet to yourself.
- Respect other people and their belongings and the school building.
Please discuss these rules with your children and make sure they are understood.
The steps listed below will be followed by the EDEP staff in the event of a disciplinary problem.
- Child will be given a warning.
- Child will be placed in time out.
- Conduct report will be written, which the parent must sign and return. Failure to sign form may result in dismissal. The conduct report may include being suspended from EDEP up to one week.
- When two conduct reports have been written a child may be dismissed or a parent conference may be requested. Refusal to attend conference will result in dismissal.
- At parent conference, child may be suspended for days, weeks, or permanently, depending on the severity of the behavior.
- Child may be permanently dismissed from any EDEP program.
- A child dismissed from one program will not be allowed to attend another program.
Dismissal from EDEP
The EDEP reserves the right to refuse service for the following reasons:
- Failure of parent or child to follow EDEP policies, procedures, or rules.
- Two written conduct reports or serious misbehavior that warrants immediate dismissal. (Children leaving supervised area will result in immediate dismissal)
- Parents or children are physically or verbally abusive to staff.
- Failure to utilize bathroom facilities. (Two times.)
- Failure to pay fees as scheduled. (One week late.)
- Failure to provide updated information and records.
- Failure to notify staff if child will be absent from EDEP. (Three times)
- Failure to adhere to closing time. (Two times.) Pick up after 7:00pm will result in immediate dismissal.
The EDEP on-site coordinator and/or principal have the authority to suspend or remove a participant without warning if the misbehavior or incident warrants.
Foster EDEP has spots available!
Are you interested in EDEP for your child(ren) for the 2023-2024 school year? If so, please come to Foster Elementary's front office and fill out a registration card front and back in order to be entered into our next lottery.
Again,cards are located in our front office. A completed registration card is your form of entry to any lotteries that will be held. Please make sure that your email is legible because that is how Mrs. Courtney will reach out to you.
---> Have you filled out a registration card and not heard back from Mrs. Courtney? Please make sure that you wrote a legible email address because that is how you will be contacted. Please also make sure that you turned in a completed card( front and back). A card that has not been fully completed cannot be entered into any lottery.
Thank you and Foster EDEP looks forward to working with you.
Only children currently enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to enroll in EDEP located at Elementary Schools (Eligible 5th graders must be under the age of 13). Children must be at least five years of age by September 1st and “potty trained” to participate. Each child must have a completed and signed EDEP registration card on file before participating in the program. The registration fee and first week’s fee are due at registration, along with a signed Parent Acknowledgment form, located in this handbook. An email address will be required to set up your online ProCare account. ProCare is used for tracking your EDEP activities, such as attendance & fees.
The EDEP staff must know at least one week in advance which days your child will be attending the program. There is no “drop-in” service. You must fill out a new registration card each year.
Days and Hours of Operation
The days and hours of operation depend on individual school schedules. At most schools, the EDEP will operate Monday through Friday from school dismissal until 5:30 p.m.
Arrival and Departure:
No child will be released to anyone not authorized in writing by the custodial parent and listed on file. Persons on file, but not known by the staff, who are picking up children will be asked to show identification. We will release a child in accordance with the registration card. Other dismissal procedures may be arranged, but must be in writing and listed on file.
Homework time is scheduled each day with the exception of Fridays. It is very difficult to determine when some children have homework. Therefore, you may wish to discuss with your child the procedure you would like to observe concerning homework.
The EDEP staff is available to answer questions during this time. However, one-on-one tutoring is not available. Please encourage your child to work on homework during the scheduled time. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the parent to check homework for completion and accuracy.
All EDEP programs use a program called Procare. Anyone that checks out a child MUST have a photo ID and have their own Procare checkout pin number.
Procare can be used for:
- checking your accounts
- adding authorized users
- sending messages to Mrs. Courtney(please include your child's name in the message)
Link to Procare HERE