Cottage Cove is not:
Cottage Cove is not a free daycare or drop-in-center, nor does it offer personal on-demand childcare services. Participation in our program is not automatic or a right. Cottage Cove has maintained a waiting list of children/families seeking to participate for over ten years.
Cottage Cove is:
Cottage Cove is a high quality structured out-of-school program with a focus on education, life skills, the arts, and the Bible. Participation in our program is conditional and revocable.
Cottage Cove’s program year runs from summer until the end of the school year. Children participating in our summer program are automatically enrolled in our school year program if requested (prior to school start).
Participation in Cottage Cove’s out-of-school program costs $2600 per year (based on $50 per week) and is renewable annually. This includes our regular summer program but does not include the optional summer day camp.
Through the generosity of numerous individuals and sponsors, Cottage Cove offers a full conditional scholarship to all registered participants in our year round out-of-school program. A separate partial scholarship is available for our optional summer day camp.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 must attend a minimum three days per week. This is based on a regular 5 day week; the requirement becomes 2 days on a 4 day week, or 1 on a 3 day week, with no requirement on rare weeks of 2 or less days.
Students in Grade 5 and 6 must attend a minimum two days per week. This is based on a regular 5 day week; the requirement becomes 1 day on a 4 day week, and no requirement for shorter weeks.
Students in Grade 7 and up have no minimum attendance requirements.
Super Tuesday (or optional extension programs) has its own minimum attendance requirements.
End of Program Student Release
Parents/Guardians may select one of two options for their child(ren) as a standard. This selection is made via a signed form.
#1. Their student may walk home at the end of any program activity.
#2. Their student will be picked up at the end of any program activity. Having selected this option, conditions apply.
a) Pickup will be during posted or designated times. Two brief late pickup exceptions are granted each semester, only if we are notified prior to the end of normal pickup time via phone (615-292-2303; there is voice mail). Two early pickup exceptions are granted each semester (for emergency purposes only) but only with advance phone notification (again, there is voice mail). If there is severe weather, such as an ice or snow storm or active tornado warnings, early pickup exceptions are routinely offered.
b) Failure to pick-up in excess of a half hour late may result in immediate termination from our program. If this excessive delay is without a phone call, Cottage Cove reserves the right to notify authorities that a child has been abandoned. Cottage Cove’s daily afterschool program is limited in duration by law and our staff and volunteers are not able, nor required, to stay after hours and provide childcare.
c) A valid pickup list, designating who may pick up your child, must be maintained at Cottage Cove. We reserve the right to require ID from any person doing pickup. We will not release a student to anyone who is not on your pickup list without the express consent of a custodial parent/guardian or your emergency contact.
Defined Attendance Exceptions
Lost days for Cottage Cove disciplinary reasons will not be counted against attendance requirements. Cottage Cove regularly makes exceptions for missing a day when participation is necessary for a mandatory school function (e.g. class or school plays and musicals) or school arranged tutoring.
Elective, non-tutoring, school activities (e.g. clubs, sports, etc.) are not exceptions.
We must be notified of these in advance by the parent/guardian (this is not the responsibility of the student or the school).
Any day where the student is absent, at school, due to illness, or a death in the family, or has a medical appointment, will not be counted against minimum attendance requirements, only if a parent or guardian calls (24 hour voice mail) or emails (email@example.com) and advises us in advance of program start.
Siblings of a student, who is unable to attend for a valid reason, may be excused from their attendance requirement too, provided Cottage Cove has been properly notified and this additional absence is also requested in advance. For example: A parent chooses to pick up all siblings at school because one is sick.
Cottage Cove regularly waives attendance requirements during weeklong or greater school breaks, including our regular summer program.