Office for Children - School Age Child Care (SACC)

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway,
9th Floor, Fairfax, VA 22035

Anne Goldstein,
Director

All About SACC

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History

Since 1974, SACC has provided working families with high quality school age child care services. SACC, a Fairfax County Office for Children program, offers before and after school care for children attending kindergarten through sixth grade. SACC centers are located in most Fairfax County public elementary schools, and Key and Kilmer Centers which serve youth with multiple types of disabilities, ages 5-21. SACC also offers full day winter, spring and summer camp programs during school breaks.

Licensing

All SACC centers are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services and meet, or exceed, the standards set for licensed child day care programs. The purpose of the standards is to reduce risks in center environments and protect children by ensuring the activities, services and facilities of centers are conducive to children's well-being. Compliance with licensing standards is monitored by announced and unannounced center visits and inspections by licensing staff.

Licensing Information for SACC Center Records Form In order to best ensure children's health and safety, accurate and up-to-date emergency information for all children enrolled in the SACC program must be on file. The licensing information form must be fully completed, signed and reviewed with center staff a minimum of one day before your child's start date. A separate form is required for each child. At the beginning of each school year, families must review the form on file for each child and update any information as needed. A signature will be required to verify the accuracy of the information on file. If a form is not already on file, you will need to submit a new form a minimum of one day before your child's start date.

Programs and Curriculum

SACC offers four programs: school year, winter, spring and summer camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The SACC program is designed to serve children who need care five days a week. SACC enrollment and fees are not able to accommodate drop-in or short term service.

Learn more about the School Year Program.

Learn more about the Winter Program.

Learn more about the Spring Program.

Learn more about the Summer Program

Weather Policy *Updated Dec. 2018

SACC's policy in the event of emergency school closings, delayed openings, and early closings is as follows:

Full Day Closings - SACC will be closed whenever schools are closed for the full day due to weather conditions, energy problems, or other emergencies.

Early School Closings and/or Afternoon or Evening Activities Canceled - SACC centers will open at the time of school dismissal for children enrolled in the After School session and remain open until 6:15 p.m. Please note: Due to the possibility of hazardous road conditions; in the interest of safety of the children, families and SACC teachers, SACC administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children as soon as possible. Note: SACC centers and administration are open until all children have been picked up.

Delayed School Openings - On days when school opens two hours late, SACC centers will open at 8:00 a.m. for children enrolled in the Before School session. (*revised policy effective Jan. 7, 2019)

Teacher Workdays - On Teacher Workdays, if school offices are closed due to inclement weather, SACC will be closed. On Teacher Workdays, if FCPS announces a delayed opening or delayed arrival for all scheduled personnel, SACC centers will open at 8:00 a.m. (*revised policy effective Jan. 7, 2019)

Emergency announcements will be communicated on the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark), on the FCPS Facebook page, and on the FCPS website at www.fcps.edu . Families can also subscribe to FCPS News You Chose Delayed Openings and  School Closings to receive information through email.

Learn about FCPS Weather Cancellation Procedures and FCPS Inclement Weather Closing Conditions.

To receive text alerts when emergencies or severe weather impacts traffic or county services, sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network.

Find out whether Fairfax County government is open, closed, or operating on a modified schedule during severe weather or other emergencies.

Parent Handbook

English * (Inclement Weather Policy Updated January 2019)

Spanish - Manual de Padres en Español *

* Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-449-1414 or TTY 711.

Parent Advisory Council

SACC Parent Advisory Council members represent families of each SACC center. An active and engaged partnership with families is essential to providing SACC services that help families succeed and children thrive. PAC meetings are held throughout the year and provide an opportunity for sharing program-wide information. PAC representatives provide invaluable communication about the needs of children and families in their community in order to inform SACC programming and policies. Additionally, the Parent Advisory Council advocates for high-quality, affordable, accessible school age child care services throughout the county.

PAC Meetings

  • February 2019 Meeting Agenda  *
  • May 2019 Meeting Agenda *
    * Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-449-1414 or TTY 711.

PAC Activity

Spotlight on SACC Centers

Children at Clermont SACC enjoy designing and creating. Several children made their own outfits including hats, scarfs, skirts and ponchos for a center festival while other children used their talents to build and decorate bird houses.

Children at Annandale Terrace SACC worked together to write Finding Nema, a play about what happened to the characters of Finding Nemo two generations later. Are humans still polluting our ocean? This original play digs deeper into the wonders of nature with comedy, touching moments, and dancing! The children learned how to create a character for a play, act on stage, and learned steps to hip hop choreography. Merging nature with the performing arts turned out to be a fun and enriching experience for both the children and their families.

Children at Forestville SACC made 105 tissue paper flowers in honor of a young girl diagnosed with cancer. As part of their community service outreach, the flowers were donated to a local hospital to bring cheer to children and their families.

At Union Mill SACC children have the opportunity to connect with real animals and learn how to care for them. Union Mill SACC adopted two rabbits (one from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and one from a family in the community), and a hamster all of which joined the animals already in their Nature Center including a hamster, a frog, four fish and a snail. The children really enjoy including the rabbits when they play board games. The children and families have also enjoyed the weekend program which gives families the opportunity to take the animals home for the weekend.

SACC in the News: Celebrating 40 Years of Quality Afterschool Programming *
AfterSchool Today, the quarterly publication of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) profiles Fairfax County Office for Children's SACC program in its Spring 2015 issue. (Download the article.) NAA recognizes that quality afterschool programs provide positive child and youth development and meet a critical need for working families.
* Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-449-1414 or TTY 711.

Working for SACC

Most recent open positions:

Day Care Center Teacher I

Agency:  Neighborhood Community Services, Office for Children, School Age Child Care Program

Job # ELT-DFS-15008

Salary: $18.49/hour, benefits eligible*

Schedule: Works afternoons and evenings, 25 hours per week, Monday thru Friday for 40 weeks, with summer, winter and spring break off. Occasional flexible work hours and full days required (teacher workdays, snow days, early releases, etc.). Plans, prepares and carries out activities and projects for groups of elementary school-age children enrolled in an after-school program. Provides leadership and ensures the safety of the children enrolled in the center.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of two years of study and training at an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or elementary education, nursing, recreation, or a related field plus one year of related work experience.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a TB test, a criminal background check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer.

Preferred Qualifications: Major course work in early childhood education. Experience working with groups of children. Bilingual ability in English and another language is desired.

Note: *This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

Selection Procedure: Panel interview.

To Apply: Submit your resume by email to Lee An.

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