Welcome to the Bowen After School Care Program (BASCP). Since 1974, we have been providing Bowen children not only with unique educational opportunities through play, but also the opportunity to form lasting friendships. In fact, we hear from many BASCP graduates year in and year out about how the friendships they made in our program have stayed with them throughout the years.
Our program is structured by grades and throughout the afternoon, we provide each group with a range of choices. These include but are not limited to STEAM activities, games, crafts, time in the gym, and quiet time. And, because we know how important it is to move our bodies, we go outside at least once an afternoon when the weather allows.
For many children, BASCP becomes an extension of their Bowen day – with perhaps little more fun and choice. They are in space that is familiar, with friends, and continuing to learn. For parents, there are many benefits. BASCP offers child care dependability, care on early dismissal days (we open at 12:30 on early dismissal days), a sense of community for their children, and financial savings as compared to a nanny.
What happens at BASCP?
Each program component (k-1 Stars, 2-3 Comets & Satellites, 4-5 Ozone) is led by a coordinator and a team of teachers. The full team of teachers collaborate each month to curate a collection of thematically integrated activities.
Indoor Free Play
Each age group has a dedicated free play space for children to play games, build, read and socialize. During indoor free play time, children also have the opportunity to participate in a teacher-led Free Play Feature of the day. The possibilities are endless.
Being active is such an important part of a child’s growth and development. BASCP takes advantage of Bowen’s wonderful outdoor space. Children may choose to participate in a teacher-led outdoor activity, play on the equipment or play games on the basketball courts or fields. When it rains the gym is available for active play.
Invitation to Create
At BASCP, the school cafeteria is transformed into an Invitation to Create! Our Invitation to Create is a creative space that promotes a wide variety of artistic materials, teaches new skills and prompts creativity. It is an opportunity for children to explore using the materials that have been put before them.
BASCP offers a quiet space for children to work on homework, have fun learning and to enjoy reading. Here are students’ choices during Connect Lab:
Library: a quiet space for children in grades 2-5 to work on homework and read. Computers are available for assigned homework.
Reading Room: located in the K-1 Free Play room, children can participate in a read aloud or read books independently. At times, quiet games will be brought out as a way for children to continue to develop their social emotional learning.
Connect Lab: a time for interactive, multidisciplinary, teacher-led inspirational activities such as hands-on science experiments, a variety of STEAM projects, collaborative work and multimedia activities.
Zen Zone: yoga and mindfulness activities that are offered on Thursdays in the gym.
We love to get together for fun events such as silly theme days, group challenges, parties and more!