Dublin Latchkey is available to kindergarten students from 7:05 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. before the morning Kindergarten session OR from 3:35 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. after the afternoon kindergarten session. Dublin Latchkey is not available to kindergartners during the regular school day.
All of the Dublin Latchkey Programs take place in the commons area of each Dublin City Schools elementary buildings. However, we operate entirely independent of DCS. DublinLatchkey is available in the morning before school from 7:05 a.m until 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon, after school from 3:35 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
We offer the Middle School Reach program for middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The Middle School Reach program takes place in the four Dublin middle schools. The program is available in the morning from 7:00 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Registration for the following school year takes place in February of the current school year. Current families have priority to enroll their children and any siblings in the program for the following school year. (There is a window for current families to secure their enrollment.) After current families enroll, we will, based on the availability, offer spots to any families still on the waitlist. New families will have the opportunity to enroll in our programs, based on availability beginning in May of the current school year. On specific dates we will open enrollment for each of the elementary and middle school buildings. Please visit our website in January of the current school year for open enrollment dates.
All new families are required to submit an enrollment request through our sign-up page at dlsinfo.org/signup. You will be asked to provide basic information, as well as mark whether or not you prefer to be placed on a waitlist if there is no availability at the building in which you are requesting enrollment for. Once submitted, if your request is denied/waitlisted, you will receive an email with a code to log in to the parent portal to create a Dublin Latchkey account and submit the enrollment application. After your application is submitted, we will review it for completeness and accuracy. An email with payment details will be sent with a payment deadline to secure the spot on the waitlist. We make changes each month at all of our buildings. This is how we can move families from the waiting list in to the programs. If we are not able to get your child(ren) into the program for the current school year, your waitlist spot(s) will carry over to the next year. You will continue to move up the queue as space becomes available. The waiting list fee is $35 per family. The fee is transferable but not refundable.
School Site Staff
One-third of Dublin Latchkey teachers have degrees in childhood education or are licensed K-12 teachers. Nearly 70 percent of our staff members have at least two years of college or have a four year college degree.
All of our teachers have experience and education specific training in developmental education. All staff members receive state certified courses in child abuse, first aid and communicable disease. The site directors and assistant teachers annually attend a minimum of eight hours of educational professional development in content areas of child development, special needs, nutrition composition, discipline management, curriculum planning, music, art, administration and parent/family engagement. At least three (3) teachers at every school site are CPR certified. Every site director attends a six-hour workshop provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on current state day care licensing laws. All teachers hired must complete a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check. The BCII check must be required to be updated every five years.
Dublin Latchkey recognizes that our programs success is dependent on support from our staff and dedication from our Program Directors. All of our directors have decades of experience in the education field and organization. They have been selected based on their curriculum vitae, dedication to quality, Dublin community involvement and area of teaching credentials. We have education specialists in elementary and middle school curriculum, special education, reading intervention, the arts, health and physical education.
Our programs are designed for group care of a1:12 teacher-to-student ratio and our space does present challenges for some students. For students who need more individual help, please contact your school building’s director to discuss an evaluation of his or her needs. Determination of entry will be based on a reasonable judgment on the plausibility of whether your child will jeopardize his or her safety or others’ safety. Running from the program or refusing to go to the program, violence toward other students or the teachers, inability to follow group instructions (of any kind) or independent toileting or any other circumstance deemed unsafe by Dublin Latchkey will be the determining factors for your child’s enrollment. The determination may be assessed after at least one of the following occurs: discussion with the parent or guardian, contact with the student’s teaching staff at Dublin City Schools, a trial period (determined by Dublin Latchkey Inc.) and/or other qualified professionals. Once a student has been admitted into the program, his or her continued enrollment is not guaranteed once admitted into the program. Any student can be dismissed, if the actions of his or her parent(s) put others safety in jeopardy.
Dublin Latchkey will require court documents in the event custody arrangements exist for your child(ren). If there are no restrictions with divorced or separated parents dropping off or picking up children, court documents will not be necessary. Please be certain to disclose any information to the Latchkey staff that may be important in regards to the safety of your child(ren). Dublin Latchkey prioritizes safety of all the children enrolled in our programs.
Current families will have priority to enroll in the Latchkey programs at the new elementary school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year when registration opens in February. Please visit our website for updates and important information regarding enrollment at Hopewell Elementary and Depp Elementary scheduled to open for the 2020-2021 school year.