B.A.S.E. Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the questions we recieve most often.
your local BASE Program for more in depth information or to Register.

What does B.A.S.E. stand for?

A: Before and After School Enterprise

Is B.A.S.E. licensed as a childcare provider?
A: Yes, we are licensed through the Colorado Office of Early Childhood / Child Care Licensing and Administration as a School-Aged Child Care Program.

Are B.A.S.E. staff Douglas County School District employees?
A: Yes, all B.A.S.E. staff members are Douglas County School District employees.

Do B.A.S.E. employees the same background checks as teachers?
A: Yes, all B.A.S.E. employees, including seasonal / temporary staff, receive a criminal record check through Colorado Bureau of Investigation. In addition to a criminal record check, a review of the State Department’s automated system to determine if the employee is the subject of a report of child abuse or neglect.

What is the B.A.S.E. work organization / chain of command?
A: Our B.A.S.E. Department is part of Business Services. Our Director, Area Managers, and the Building Principals oversee B.A.S.E. Programs and supervise B.A.S.E. Directors. Program Managers lead and manage the operations of programs available at each school, and Managers, Assistant Managers, and Senior Programs Leaders meet or exceed the School-Age Director qualifications required by Office of Early Childhood / Child Care Licensing and Administration. B.A.S.E. Managers supervise Assistant Managers, Senior Program Leaders Program Leaders, and/or Program Aides. 

What are the benefits of accreditation?
Please go to BASE Website and scroll down to "Accreditation" Tab for more information:

What are the tuition rates?
A: Rates are set by site, and vary by program. Contact your B.A.S.E. Program for more information

How are our B.A.S.E. programs funded?
A: Our programs are self-funded and rely solely on tuition payments provided by parents. Expenses include all labor costs, including salary and benefits, supplies and materials, technology, utilities, custodial and maintenance costs, licensing fees, and field trip costs (transportation, entrance fees).

Does B.A.S.E offer any financial assistance?
A: We have fiscal agreements with CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) which is facilitated by Douglas County Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program. Speak with yourB.A.S.E. Program Manager for information about your site.

What ages of children does your programs serve?
A: School Aged Child care (Before and After School) Children shall be a minimum 5 years, 0 months and a maximum 13 years, 0 months of age. Children who are four years old and eligible to enter kindergarten during the 2023-2024 school year may access the program no earlier than the first day of kindergarten class. We have three pre-kindergarten full-day programs, located at Coyote Creek Elementary, Cougar Run Elementary and Mountain View Elementary. Children shall be a minimum 3 years, 9 months to attend our Pre-K programs.

Are there other eligibility requirements?
A: Yes. Children shall be enrolled in the Douglas County School District. Priority enrollment will be given to students who are enrolled in the school where the program is housed. Children shall comply with behavioral expectations as indicated in B.A.S.E. parent handbook.

Do you serve children with special needs?
A: Yes. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, and denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under Douglas County School District activities and programs.
The B.A.S.E. Manager may request to meet with the family and school team members who have knowledge of a child with special needs prior the first day of attendance. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a support plan to outline reasonable accommodations and ensure the safety and well being of the child.

What if my child is prescribed medication, which needs to be administered while he/she is attending B.A.S.E.?
A: Please communicate your child’s health needs with the Manager prior to the first day of attendance to ensure our team has the necessary training to address your child’s health needs. We also need a current medication release from the child’s doctor in order to administer medication. All medications will be stored in a locked area, unless it is emergency medication (epi-pen’s, inhalers, for example). Contact your B.A.S.E. Program for the correct forms and to discuss your child’s needs.

What are your hours of operation?
A: Hours of operation vary by site, although most of our Before and After School Programs open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Contact your B.A.S.E. Program for more information. Full Day Hours 7-5:30

How can I get information about a specific B.A.S.E. Program and what is offered?
A: Access our BASE Contact List. Most of our sites have important information including parent handbooks, enrollment forms, activity calendars, and contact information available on the school’s website.

Do programs remain open on days that the school is closed and on In-Service / Professional Development Days, when teachers are working and students are not in school?
A: Yes, on most days. We operate a “Full Day” program on most In-Service / Professional Development days, as well as seasonal breaks such as Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks. Check your B.A.S.E. calendar and / or B.A.S.E. parent handbook to see when your B.A.S.E. program is open. 

If I have a concern or complaint regarding a particular B.A.S.E. program, whom do I contact?
A: Please direct all concerns and commendations at the program level. If the Program Manager does not address the matter in a satisfactory manner, parents may contact the next level listed in the parent handbook, or contact the school principal.

If I want to report a licensing violation whom do I contact?
A: Child Care Licensing and Administration
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDEC
710 S. Ash Street
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 1-800-799-5876 or 303-866-5948



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