"I’ve been extremely happy with the after-school care provided at WCI by The Creek. Kristy Miller, the director, is a very positive, energetic, upbeat person who really likes kids. Her policies are very sensible, balancing the desires of the kids with the need for safety and privacy.
Kristy hires excellent young staff members, who also seem cheerful and upbeat and very, very nice. She makes it a point to always hire some staffers who like to go outside and play basketball or other sports with the kids, which was great for my son.
I love the structure at The Creek. There’s a homework room where the kids do their work with help and supervision from the staff. My son virtually always finishes his homework there, with none of the drama (“I can’t do this!”) that used to accompany homework done at home. Then there’s a variety of activities to choose from—video games (kids sign up for limited time slots), pool table, sports outside, and probably lots of other things I don’t know about.
Here’s my strongest testament: This year my son kept going to The Creek even though my work schedule changed and I was home in the afternoons. He and I both thought that was the best thing for him.
My biggest regret is that he won’t have someplace like The Creek to hang out in after school when he goes to high school next year. I’m hoping that the good homework habits he’s developed there will persist. Thanks so much, Kristy, for creating such a warm, welcoming, fun atmosphere."
"My daughter was telling me about the video class last night, she is so excited about it. What a wonderful opportunity for them! I never cease to be amazed at how much she likes coming to The Creek. She has always had to go to after school care of some kind, but since she was probably 7 she has complained about it and begged for me to find her an alternative arrangement; not so with The Creek. She loves it there. She comes home happy nearly every day, she has made friends she would not have otherwise, and of course, the main reason for my enrolling her, I feel safe knowing she’s in a good place after school where she can get her homework done, have a good snack, and stay out of trouble. You guys do a fantastic job and the tuition for this program is worth every penny to me. I really appreciate your dedication to the kids and all your efforts to make The Creek a place that my daughter, and probably all of the kids, truly enjoy going. Thanks for all of your efforts."
“Long before my son got to 6th grade I began worrying about what I could do for after-school care. When that day finally arrived, my husband and I were thrilled to learn about ‘The Creek’ after-school program, newly established at Foothill Middle School. The center provides adult supervision of middle school children in an exciting, fun, and most importantly, ‘cool’ environment for the kids! The Creek staff has done a fantastic job of putting together a wide variety of activities for the kids to enjoy. Some of the activities include games, enrichment classes, homework help and community service projects. The center provides peace of mind for working parents, and the kids LOVE being there. This is an amazing program that our community is lucky enough to enjoy!” – D. Valeriani
“The Creek is an idea whose time was long overdue. I found it shocking as my son transitioned from fifth to sixth grade that there was no after school care program for middle school children. When you consider that the middle school years are the very time that most kids need a strong adult influence to counteract the pressure they start to feel regarding sex and drugs and especially considering the dangers posed on the internet, it was surprising that there was no organized program for after school care. This deficiency was a large factor in my decision to stop working full time for a few years. When I decided to return to the work force, my son was going into eighth grade. If The Creek had not been available I would have been forced to find some other option probably an in-home solution. The center could not have opened at a better time.
When my son first started at The Creek, he was a little apprehensive because of the high percentage of sixth graders. However, over a few weeks, he began to realize that he really enjoyed many of the activities and that it was much preferable to being by himself at home. He also is able to get most of his homework done and the center has done a good job in getting the textbooks the kids need. One important point is that the kids do not consider it “daycare.” As he told his younger brother, “…the snacks are a lot better and the counselors are people you can talk to.” Next year as this son departs Foothill, his brother will be signed up for the after school program at “The Creek.
Thanks Tricia and Donna!” – A.S.
“I am so grateful to Tricia and Donna for having the foresight and perseverance to make The Creek happen. The Creek provides our community with an excellent after school youth program geared specifically for middle school students. My daughter and her friends love going there! There have been times that my daughter has asked me to pick her up later because she is engaged in a fun activity. There are many activities to choose from, a computer room to do your homework and play games, a staff that provides assistance if the kids need help with their homework, community service projects, and oh yes…let’s not forget the delicious snacks they have everyday.
I would highly recommend The Creek to parents and students evaluating after school programs”. – C.C.A.