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After-School Care Offered at West Patent Elementary

BEDFORD, N.Y. — The West Patent Elementary School will be hosting the after-school childcare services provided by the Country Children’s Center (CCC) starting this week, according to Polly Peace, the executive director of the center.  The program is an addition to the continuing trend of Bedford-area after-school care that has reportedly gone on since the 1970s.

The center, which has branches in Katonah and Bedford Hills, already serves Bedford Hills Elementary and all four elementary schools in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, including the John Jay Middle School.  The center had already provided after-school care to some West Patent students by bussing them over from their elementary school in the past – but no longer, Peace said.

“Now this will give us an opportunity to allow those kids to not have to move from their school other than walking down the corridor, which is so convenient and a better way to handle things,” Peace said. “They’re in their school, they’re neighborhood, and they’re comfortable.”

The need was there, Peace said, which will act as a finalizing move to assure after-school care in each facility in the Bedford Central School District, as well as Katonah-Lewisboro.  Mount Kisco Elementary, Pound Ridge, and Bedford Village have their own programs, she said.

The work the center does with young students is calculated and well-practiced, which equates to high levels of service, Peace said. “There’s so much experience there, we really know what we’re doing. We have great staff, very loyal employees – many of them have grown up in the CCC, and then come to work for us,” Peace said. “We have a lot of tradition.”

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