Parents were informed today by the MetroWest YMCA, and not the Framingham Public Schools, that the Y will not be providing afterschool care at Brophy Elementary School in August and for the 2014-15 school year.
The MetroWest YMCA has been providing aftercare at the school for a decade. Parents pay the YMCA to watch their children up until 6 p.m.
This comes just days after the Framingham Extended Day Program Inc. had its contract not renewed by the Framingham Public Schools, after providing afterschool care at Stapleton Elementary School for 29 years.
Again in that situation, parents were informed by the former after-school program and not the Framingham Public Schools.
Framingham Patch has called and emailed the Framingham Public Schools for answers for two days with no response. We have asked why the afterschool care program contracts have not been renewed. Who is the new provider? What is the new cost to parents? When the public schools plan to inform parents of their afterschool care options? And what is the after-school care situation at all of the town's elementary schools.
Neither Framingham Supt. Stacy Scott, Assistant Supt. Mark Prince or Joseph Corazzini, who oversees the after-school programs, has responded to Patch. We have also learned that no parents or Town Meeting members who have asked about the Stapleton situation have received a response either.
Framingham Supt. Scott is out of town at a conference.
In the letter to parents from the MetroWest YMCA it states:
"I am regretfully writing today to let you know that the MetroWest YMCA will no longer be providing before and after school programming at Brophy. The Framingham Public Schools have decided to award the contract to a new provider. We will be issuing refunds/credits to those of you who have paid registration fees," wrote Heidi Kaufman, director of Education at the MetroWest YMCA.
"We truly have enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to serve the Brophy community for almost 10 years and hope that we will be able to continue to serve you and your family with other Y programs including our summer camps and many other youth development programs. We believe that once you have been involved in one of our YMCA programs you are a member of the Y family for life," wrote Kaufman. " Thanks again for your support and we wish your family the very best. Joseph Corazzini from the Framingham Public Schools will be sending out information about the new provider."
Update: The MetroWest YMCA said its contract to provide afterschool care at McCarthy Elementary, Barbieri Elementary, Potter Road Elementary and Hemenway Elementary was renewed.
Framingham Patch has also heard from Dunning Elementary and Barbieri parents worried about their after-school care programs.
School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. Framingham Public Schools provided a list of providers for 7 of the nine elementary schools on its website this evening. Here is the link: http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/crd/FY15%20After%20School%20Vendors(2).pdf