Culver City Afterschool Recreation Program (CCARP)

Welcome to the City of Culver City Afterschool Recreation Programs (CCARP). We provide your child with an enriching and safe environment where they can unwind, develop and enrich their day with a physical and creative activities.

Our programs are currently full; however, if you’d like to be added to the waiting list at the site where your child attends school, please send an email.

Program Information

The Culver City Afterschool Recreation Program (CCARP) is for children five years of age or older that attend one of the following Culver City Unified School District school sites: El Marino Elementary, Farragut Elementary, El Rincon Elementary, Linwood Howe Elementary or Culver City Middle School.  We do enrollment for TK students that are in full day.

 Program Hours

  • Elementary (K-5): M, T, Th, F 3:15pm – 6:00pm & Wednesday 1:45pm – 6:00pm
  • Elementary (TK): M, T, Th, F 2:55pm – 6:00pm & Wednesday 1:45pm – 6:00pm
  • Culver City Middle School (CCMS): M, T, Th, F 2:30pm – 6:00pm & Wednesday 1:45pm – 6:00pm

Locations

The Culver City Afterschool Recreation Program (CCARP) operates at five separate locations.

  • Blanco Park (El Rincon Elementary School)
    • 5801 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
  • El Marino Park (El Marino Language School)
    • 5301 Berryman Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
  • Linwood Howe Elementary School
    • 4100 Irving Pl, Culver City, CA 90232
  • Lindberg Park (Farragut Elementary School)
    • 5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA 90230
  • Culver City Middle School
    • 4601 Elenda St, Culver City, CA 90230

 

Holiday Schedule: CCARP is not offered on pupil free days, holidays, and during school vacations. CCARP follows the Culver City Unified School District calendar and adjusts hours according to early dismissal days except for Kindergarten.  We are also closed for winter, spring and summer recesses.  Day Camp is available during winter, spring and summer breaks for a separate fee.

Important Phone Numbers:

 

REQUIRED Participant Information Form

Frequently Asked Questions

How late can I pick my child up?

CCARP ends promptly at 6 PM. You may sign your child out any time before 6 PM. You are required to pay an additional $1 for each minute staff must wait with your child after 6 PM. The clock used to determine the time is the clock at the sign in and out table.  At 6:10 PM, staff will begin calling all the phone numbers on your Emergency Information Form.  If no one can be reached and your child is not picked up by 7 PM, s/he will be taken directly to the Culver City Police Department. (310) 837-1221


Are snacks provided?

We do not provide any food for participants. Please pack an afterschool snack for your child(ren).


Can I bring food to celebrate my child's birthday?

We are not serving any food at CCARP.   


Is there a Lost and Found?

All items found by staff at the end of the day are taken to the Registration Office located at 4117 Overland Ave in VETS Memorial Building.  You may call (310) 253-6650 to ask about missing items.  

Absence Procedure

If your child will be absent from the program on any given day, you are required to email the Recreation Coordinator Stephanie DaVall, or call the Recreation Registration Office (310) 253-6650 before 12:00 noon.

Initial Registration

Step 2.Pick the CCARP Location you Would Like from the Drop Down 

We offer CCARP in various locations throughout the city.  Be sure to remember which location you choose, because you will want to choose the same location each month. 

Step 3.Review Your Cart to Confirm you Have Added the CCARP Location you Want 

Step 4.Login or Create your Account with Activenet

Step 5.Checkout and Pay

CCARP Rules

Code of Behavior

Please remember City operated programs are designed as a large group interaction experience.  If your child(ren) is not able to interact in this type of setting, and requires “one-on-one” supervision, please do not sign him or her up.  Instead, talk to the Recreation Coordinator to get a list of referrals that can best meet the needs of your child. 

  1. No cussing, foul language or mean remarks. This includes obscene gestures. Clothing with inappropriate language or expressions may not be worn.
  2. Tell the truth. When you don’t tell the truth, you lose people’s trust. When you are truthful, you build respect.
  3. Stay within boundaries at all times. If you can’t see a staff person then they can’t see you.
  4. No Bullying or hazing.
  5. Clean up after yourself. The janitorial staff does not clean our space.
  6. No defacing or damaging property (either public or someone else’s). Such actions will result in immediate expulsion from Camp as well as the reimbursement for the damaged property.
  7. Keep your hands to yourself. Don’t touch things (or people) you don’t have permission to touch.
  8. Don’t disrupt the program. If staff needs to take time away from the program to have a special talk with you, it’s taking time from everyone else.
  9. No weapons of any kind are no permitted at camp. 

 

No Tolerance Policy

Bullying, rough housing, fighting, biting, not keeping their hands to themselves, spitting, choking, scratching or destruction of City equipment; these actions warrant an immediate (2) day suspension.

Discipline

Our staff is trained to work in the childcare field. Through proper redirection, children should be able to distinguish for themselves the difference between right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.  In order to preserve a healthy and safe environment, misconduct action will be handled as follows:

  1. First Offense – Verbal warning by staff
  2. Second Offense – 5 minute time out away from the group
  3. Third Offense – Parent notified for conference with the Recreation Coordinator
  4. Fourth Offense – The participant will be suspended or removed from the program for 1-3 days at the Recreation Coordinator’s discretion and with the consent of the Recreation Supervisor. The decision will be based upon the Recreation Coordinator’s appraisal of the participant’s behavior as well as the parent’s involvement in aiding the participant to overcome behavioral problems.
  5. Fifth Offense – The participant will not be allowed to attend the program. No refund will be given.

 

Personal Property

Our staff does not assume responsibility for the personal property of any participant.  For the protection of your child’s personal property, if you allow your child to bring anything of value to the program, please mark the item with your child’s name. Items left out carelessly, not put safely away or shown to other participants will have a greater tendency to disappear. Any child caught stealing will be dealt with by an immediate conference with parents and the Site Senior Recreation Leader to determine appropriate discipline.

A Day at CCARP

CCARP has a full array of activities for your child to participate in. All activities are considered age-appropriate to the elementary and middle school population.  Activities are continually added and are not limited to what is listed below.  Participation in all activities is encouraged.

Homework Time

CCARP offers time for children to do their homework.  Your child has the responsibility to attempt to do their homework daily and respect others while they are doing their homework.    

Staff will remove any participants that are unruly or that disrupt the room. Parents will need to check their child’s homework. Parents are encouraged to discuss homework concerns with staff.

Games & Crafts

Whether it’s board games or active tag and ball games, staff will plan activities for all participants so everyone will have something to catch their interest at some point.

Arts & Crafts projects are planned and done in the afternoon and can take over a course of several days or weeks. Please refer to the monthly activity calendar for more details of each project.

Free Play

We believe that kids need a break from the structure that is imposed on them all day at school and after school in organized programs.  Therefore, we consider Free Play to be an important part of our program.  Free Play allows your child to exercise their creative impulses, socialize, blow off steam and look outside of the pre-planned box into the world of possibilities.  Although the children will be supervised and will be given boundaries to observe, Free Play is an unorganized activity and will look like it.

Special Presentations

Parents and other adults in the community may be dropping by to talk with kids about different topics.  You will be notified in advance of the topic matter and the presenter.

Publicity

Staff from time to time will take pictures of the children in the program during regular activity hours.  These pictures may be used for parent presentations, bulletin boards or promotional materials.

 

Sign-In & Sign-Out Procedures

Meeting Locations/Transportation

CCARP staff will meet Kinder-1st grade participants at th 

Any student or parent having trouble finding the CCARP meeting location should go to the school’s main office and wait for the CCARP staff to arrive at the school’s main office. CCARP staff will check the school’s main office before leaving the school or starting the afterschool program. 

Daily Sign In

Staff on a daily basis will sign in all participants. No child will be released to any person not previously authorized in writing by the parent. The only exception to this rule is that parents may stipulate in writing that their child may sign him/herself out if the note specifies the time the child may sign out and where they are to go.  All participants must be signed out in the presence of a staff member on the forms provided at the site. Only individuals indicated on the child’s Waiver Form can take your child from the facility.  PLEASE BE SURE TO UPDATE THE FORM AS OFTEN AS NEEDED. For that reason, we ask that you list as many people as possible, that may possibly, pick your child up from CCARP. Anyone signing out a student may be required to present identification.

Absence

If your child will be absent from the program on any given day, you are required to call the Recreation Registration Office (310) 253-6650 before 12:00 noon.

Late Pick Up Policy

Late Pick-Up Fee: CCARP ends promptly at 6:00 pm. You may sign your child out any time before 6:00 pm. You are required to pay an additional $1 for each minute staff must wait with your child after 6:00 pm. The clock used to determine the time is the clock at the sign in and out table at camp.  At 6:10 pm, staff will begin calling all the phone numbers on your Emergency Information form. If no one can be reached and your child is not picked up by 7:00 pm, s/he will be taken directly to the Culver City Police Department (310) 837-1221.  In an effort to keep this from happening, please arrange a back- up plan for your child’s pick-up prior to needing it.  Late charges will be added to your account. 

 

About Our Staff

CCARP staff are employees of the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. They are selected for their experience working with children and their desire to help youth grow emotionally, mentally and physically.

In order to be employed by the City of Culver City staff is goes through a comprehensive background check  which includes fingerprinting through the Department of Justice, tuberculosis screening and reference checks. In addition they go through a comprehensive and intensive staff training which include first aid and CPR prior to beginning work at CCARP. All of these precautions ensure the safety of our participants.

 

Illness & Emergency

Minor Injuries

Staff are certified in CPR/First Aid and will administer treatment for minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. The injury will be logged and the parent will receive notification upon pick-up.

Illness

This is a Well Child facility. DO NOT send your child to CCARP if he/she is not feeling well.

A child may be too sick to attend if:

  1. The child does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in the program’s activities.
  2. If your child has a fever of 100°F or greater, they should remain at home and not return to the program until they have been without a fever for 24 hours/(one day) without the use of any medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Ibuprofen.
  3. The staff cannot adequately care for the sick child without compromising the care and safety of the other children.
  4. The child has any of the following symptoms:
    • If your child appears sleepy and without energy because they are not feeling well.
    • If your child vomits/throws up two or more times in the past 24 hours.
    • Signs or symptoms of possible severe illness; i.e., persistent crying, extreme irritability, uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, lethargy, etc.
    • If your child has a bad sore throat with fever or swollen glands, they should be seen by a doctor and should get a doctor’s note before returning to the program.
    • If your child has a cold with a really bad runny nose or has trouble breathing through their nose.
    • If your child has a bad cough and is coughing up yellowish mucus.
    • Any child with a communicable disease, including head lice, will not be admitted to the program without a doctor’s release.

 

Medication

Medications that must be administered daily are the responsibility of the parent. The child must have on file with the Recreation Registration Office a “Medication Release” form signed by the parent specifically for the medication the child requires. Only over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl or topical solutions are allowed at CCARP; EpiPen or insulin is the responsibility of the parent to administer. No medication will be administered unless it is in a prescription container or original container with the child’s name and specific dosage directions on it.  The medicine must not be expired. Please do not allow your child to keep medications in their lunch box or backpack as these can easily get in the hands of other participants.

All medications both over the counter and prescription must be turned in to staff and will be kept in the CCARP Site Medication box.

Major Injuries

In the event of a major medical emergency, 911 will be called, and the Participant will be transported to the nearest hospital. The parent/guardian will be called immediately. We will use the phone numbers listed on the CCARP Participant Information Form. In the event that the parent cannot be located, the other Emergency Contacts will be notified. Please advise us, in writing, of all current phone numbers and authorizations.

Emergencies and Unusual Circumstances

Child Abuse

Under Mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, California Penal Code Section 11161.5, City of Culver City PRCS staff is mandated to report any SUSPECTED form of child abuse to the proper authorities. HARASSMENT OF ANY OTHER CHILDREN BY ANY PARENT OR FAMILY MEMBER IS CONSIDERED TO BE CHILD ABUSE, AND WILL BE REPORTED. 

Emergency Procedures 

Earthquake and fire drills will be practiced regularly so that everyone will know exactly what to do during such emergencies.

If an emergency or disaster requires relocation of the children and staff, parent will be notified via, text, email, or telephone. It is advisable to discuss emergency family plans with your children. This should include arrangements to be made in case you or your designated person is unable to get to the center. 

Natural Disasters (Earthquakes, Fires, etc.) 

In the event that a natural disaster should occur during the program, all recreation staff will remain on the premises until all children are picked up. Your child will be released only to those persons authorized as Emergency Contacts on the CCARP Participant Information Form.

Community Emergencies

These types of emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis. We will work directly with C.C.P.D. and Recreation Supervisors for updates, instructions, and procedures we are to follow.