The new Champions site at Democracy Prep in Washington, D.C., is an after-school haven for scholars at the charter school. Every day after dismissal, 30 Champions students gather in the cafeteria to work on homework, play games, and learn.
Miss Candace, site director, has worked at Champions sites all around D.C. for the last four years.
“Our staff rotates a lot depending on the number of kids at each site,” she said. “So I’ve gotten to know all of the staff, sites, and so many children through the years.”
Because the Champions program is still starting out at Democracy Prep, a new school that just opened in mid-August, the staff fluctuates depending on the number of children on-site.
Miss Murphy, who has worked in early childhood education for twelve years and with Champions for three, is excited to get the program off the ground.
“I like Champions because I love working with children, and especially children of all different ages,” she said.
Miss Candace said she hopes that enrollment will grow as the parents and students settle into the school year and more vouchers go through to ease financial pressure on families who want to take advantage of the Champions program.