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Introducing Miller Explorers!

What is Miller Explorers?

Launching next year in January 2018, and replacing services currently provided by AYS, Miller Explorers is more than just onsite before and after-school care. Miller Explorers will provide a variety of activities for students aligned with our Miller Shift innovative learning culture like learning games, STEM activities, physical fitness, art, homework assistance and professional lessons.

 

The program will be run by Noblesville Schools, taking advantage of our educational expertise, our relationship with your kids, alignment with our curriculum, and our ability to streamline the program between teachers, principals and Explorers staff. 
 
Will Miller Explorers replace AYS?

Yes. We have notified AYS staff that we will no longer be using their services. We have great respect for AYS leadership and staff and have appreciated our association with them over the years. This change is not being made due to AYS performance. We hope to recruit the best AYS staff members to join our new team–providing them with expert professional development and enhanced alignment with our schools.

 

When will Miller Explorers begin?

Miller Explorers will launch in January 2018.

 

What is the cost?

We are still finalizing specific program costs, including registration fees, and will communicate them at a later date. There will be no increase in cost over the current provider.

 

Why is Noblesville Schools starting their own programming?

We believe there is a great opportunity to better streamline the connection between school and before/after school care. Having Noblesville Schools staff–who coordinate with teachers/principals and who have been trained by our curriculum experts–providing care and programming opportunities makes for a better student experience in keeping with our Miller Shift culture. Explorers will expand our educational culture into enrichment options, providing students more time on projects like STEM activities, music instrument lessons, dance, martial arts, and learning a second language, for example.

 

Additionally, this model helps provide greater financial stability directly to Noblesville Schools rather than an external organization. So instead of childcare expenses going to another organization, support will go to your school, your kids, your community. In the end, that financial stability benefits Noblesville children, parents and residents.

 

What about childcare during breaks/summer?

Miller Explorers will be available during school breaks, including summer.

 

What will the program entail?

Miller Explorers will provide a variety of activities for students aligned with our Miller Shift innovative learning culture. For example, physical fitness, learning games, STEM activities, art, homework assistance, and professional lessons (music instrument lessons, dance, martial arts, etc.). Healthy food options will also be available. Programming specifics are still in development and will be communicated at a later date.

 

How will Miller Explorers be different than AYS?

Miller Explorers will be run by Noblesville Schools, taking advantage of our educational expertise, our relationship with your kids, and our ability to streamline the program between teachers, principals and Explorers staff. Programming will be aligned with our innovative learning culture and will include the opportunity for enrichment in several areas.

 

How will Miller Explorers be the same as AYS?

We will provide onsite care, with the same flexibility and cost structure you’ve come to expect from AYS. We also hope to recruit the best AYS staff members to join our new team–providing them with expert professional development and enhanced alignment with our schools.

 

What about care for this summer and winter break 2017?

AYS will continue to provide services for this summer. Details are still being finalized regarding winter break 2017.

 

Is Noblesville the only school district running their own program?

No. We have been in communication with other area districts, like Zionsville and Westfield, who run their own successful before/after school programming to study their model.

 

How will I register? When do I need to register? Will I need to pay another registration fee?

Registration details are in development and will be communicated at a later date. We are still finalizing specific program costs, including registration fees, and will communicate them at a later date. There will be no increase in cost over the current provider.

 

What will happen to AYS staff?

We have great respect for AYS leadership and staff and have appreciated our association with them over the years. This change is not being made due to AYS performance. We hope to recruit the best AYS staff members to join our new team–providing them with expert professional development and enhanced alignment with our schools. Our Miller Explorer job openings are already posted and interview dates have been scheduled. Go here to apply. 

 

How can I give input into the program?

We are establishing a committee of current AYS parents to provide input and guidance into the Miller Explorers program. If you’re interested in serving on the committee or just sharing your input electronically, please visit http://tinyurl.com/gqfb4pq

 
 
 
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