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T.A.L.O.N.S. Frequently Asked Questions

Egg Harbor Township School District is proud to offer T.A.L.O.N.S., Talent and Learning of Next-Gen Students as its out-of-school time enrichment program. T.A.L.O.N.S. is committed to supporting working families as we “embrace, engage and educate” students in grades Kindergarten through 5th by offering structured Homework Help and academic enrichment activities that include Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math as well as Character Education lessons and Organized Recreation to name a few.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions.  Please feel free to contact us with additional questions at the contact information below.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Extended Enrichment?

A: Extended Enrichment offers a broad range of activities that provide children with academic enrichment and/or supervised activities beyond the traditional school day.

Q: Who can participate in TALONS?

      A: Students registered in the Egg Harbor Township School District for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade are allowed to participate. 

 Q: Where can I find information about the extended enrichment program at my child’s school?

A: Program information can be found at eht.k12.nj.us under the District Services heading and T.A.L.O.N.S. tab.

Q: What types of activities are provided at the extended enrichment program?

A: Extended enrichment offers homework help and academic enrichment in the areas of Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math as well as Character Education lessons and organized recreation. All activities are hands-on and inquiry based. We like to say “we are sneaking in the learning”.

Q:  Where is TALONS located?

     A:  TALONS will be located at the following schools:  Davenport Elementary, Slaybaugh Elementary, and Miller.  We will occupy the cafeterias for the duration of the program and will utilize the gyms and outside space for recreation as much as possible.

Q:  What are the TALONS operating hours?

      A:  According to the District calendar beginning September 8th until October 23rd, TALONS will        operate from 7:00am until 5:30pm Monday through Friday.


Q:  What time does my child need to arrive at TALONS?

      A:  Students should arrive at each site no later than ½ hour prior to the start of their virtual learning day.  This will give us time for health screening at check in, time for handwashing, time for them to unpack and log in, and be prepared to begin the learning day.   

     Example: “Miller virtual learning day begins at 8:30am.  Students should be dropped off no later than 8:00am in order for them to complete their arrival check list and be ready for learning by 8:30 sharp!”

Q: Who are the staff of the extended enrichment program?

A: Egg Harbor Township School District takes pride in hiring caring and nurturing program staff who include certified teachers, district paraprofessionals, Out of School Time professionals and community members.

Q: What is the discipline policy?

     A:  TALONS will follow all school rules and policies as stated in the Student Handbook.

Q: How are students grouped during the extended enrichment program?

A: As a licensed child care center, we are committed to the safety and well-being of our students. During the Covid 19 crisis, we are significantly limiting the number of students who participate in our program daily.  30 to 40 students are permitted to participate daily based on the square footage available at each site.  All other students will be placed on a waiting list.  Currently our ratio has been reduced to 10:1. 

Q: Staff to Student Ratios?

A: Update 8/20/2020: We are committed to providing safe and structured fun.  Due to Covid-19, student to staff ratios have been changed to 10:1.

Q: What does my child need daily?

A: Below is a list of items your child will need daily: 

          Mask - Please pack an additional mask in case of loss or soiled.

          Lunch - Students are encouraged to eat breakfast at home.

          Refillable water bottle

                          *Water fountains and cups are not available for use.  Portable water stations will                              be provided for bottle fill up.

          Snacks - If desired
                           *Please avoid items with peanuts or tree nuts.

          Beach towel - for outside activities

          Device (charged each day) & accessories - chargers, ear phones (mandatory), and a mouse                              if needed.

Virtual Learning schedule & log-in password list (supplied by TALONS)

              Personal needed school supplies (eg.  pencils, markers, ruler, erasers, etc.)

                        

Q: How do I register my child for the extended enrichment program?

A: First, follow the registration link located on the district website and complete the google form.   The Enrichment office staff will create your families’ account in ProCare. Next, you will receive an email from us with detailed instructions for logging into MyProcare.com

Q: What are the cost and fees?

A: There is a one-time per academic school year non-refundable registration fee of $25 per student.  Full Day rates are $45 for the first student, and $40 for each additional sibling or family member of the same household.

Q: How do I create a schedule for my child?

A: Follow the detailed instructions in the “Welcome” email sent to you by the Office of Extended Enrichment.  After completing the Google Form registering your child a welcome email will be sent by our staff within 24-48 hours.  Should you not receive an email please check your spam folder or contact us at enrichment@eht.k12.nj.us.  Please note TALONS staff will do the actual scheduling for you. 

Q: Can I “add on” to my child’s weekly schedule?

A: Unfortunately schedule changes within the same week are not permitted.  Once billing occurs on Wednesdays, schedule changes for the upcoming week are not permitted.  Please contact us with any specific questions.

Q: When are payments due?

A: This year, we will process billing on a weekly basis only.  Billing will occur on Wednesday afternoons.  All families will receive an email stating so.  Payments are due no later than Friday at 11:59pm for the upcoming week.  Late payments and/or missed payments are subject to schedule cancellation.

Q: How do I make timely payments?

A: Please log into MyProCare.com to make timely payments using a credit or debit card. Payments will also be accepted by check or money order or in person at the Extended Enrichment Office located at the Swift School.  Cash is not encouraged.

Q: Who do I contact to apply for the New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Program?

      A:  https://www.childcarenj.gov/Parents/SubsidyProgram

 Q: What activities will my child be participating in while at TALONS?

      A: The TALONS daily schedule will include time for school day virtual learning with the assistance of  TALONS staff as needed.  We will also provide time for indoor and outdoor play, meals and snacks, as well as Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math enrichment as well as recreation and games.

Q: Who do I contact if my child shows signs of illness?

      A:  Please refer to the Parent Handbook for specific guidance and contact us at the number below.

 

**For further information, please contact:

Office of Extended School Enrichment

609-646-8441 ext.1021

5 Swift Drive

Swift Elementary School

Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Enrichment@eht.k12.nj.us