Back-to-School FAQ

It’s a brand new school year! If you’re new to Side by Side Kids (or you need a refresher), take a look at some Frequently Asked Questions below!

What is Side by Side Kids (SBSK)?

SBSK is a faith-based nonprofit afterschool program serving at 6 different elementary schools in Austin. Our mission is to inspire and equip kids in East Austin to be excellent students, make wise choices, and follow Christ. We journey side-by-side with kids, encouraging and equipping them to reach their highest God-given potential as everyday leaders and heroes of tomorrow.

Is Side by Side Kids a daycare program or licensed child care facility?

No! In addition, we are NOT regulated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

What’s the difference between SBSK and daycare/babysitting?

We do so much more than “watch” our students! Every minute of the afterschool day is intentionally designed to encourage the hearts and inspire the minds of our students. Our student to teacher ratio is 10:1, which gives kids the one-on-one attention they need to succeed. Additionally, our Afterschool Teachers receive 16 hours of paid training prior to stepping foot in the classroom. This ensures that all classes meet our high standards of safety, structure, and fun.

What does the afterschool day look like?

We start the day with a snack (full tummies = attentive minds!), followed by 45 minutes of working on homework and other academic content. Later, we have 30 minutes of “Crew Time” where our Afterschool Teachers lead students through Bible-based curriculum focused on faith development and character formation. We finish with at least 20 minutes of structured, supervised outdoor play!

How do you choose your students?

Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis at each of our campuses. As necessary, we also work with Austin ISD staff to identify students who could especially benefit from the afterschool program. At each of our campuses, we maintain an active wait list and accept students as space becomes available.

How can you talk about God in public schools?

Every SBSK student has a parent signature allowing for Bible-based instruction. We train our Afterschool Teachers on appropriate ministry, which includes only sharing the Gospel with students whose parents have consented. We understand the privilege it is to do ministry in the public school setting, and we operate professionally and respectfully so that we’ll be able to continue programming for a long, long time!

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