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The MATA After-School System

Since mid-2016, MATA has been working with Tim McCahan After-School Sports in St. Petersburg, FL to share an after-school program marketing and management system that martial arts schools can implement to create increased revenue and traffic.

Tim and his family have been running a successful after-school program since 1997. They open at 2pm, the kids start to arrive around 3pm. Karate class is at 4pm and the kids leave by 6pm and Tim closes up and goes home. These kid's families are paying $99 - $179 a week. Yes, a week, not per month.

The reason we've been so careful about launching is that offering an after-school program increases your school's liability and legal exposure. We’re preparing a series of video interviews and webinars to help you decide if an after-school program is a good fit and to help those of you who already have an after-school program navigate the legal minefields.

Questions to Ask Before Buying into a Martial Arts After-School Program

If you spend any time on social media, you would think that the hottest scheme now to becoming a martial arts millionaire is with an after-school program.

There are certainly proven and profitable after-school programs that have been successfully helping schools for decades.

An after-school program is like a separate business, so you have to do your due diligence. Here are some obvious questions.

  1. Can we come and spend time at your after-school facility?
  2. Have you ever been served a cease and desist order?
  3. If so, how did you deal with it and what was the outcome?
  4. How many of your clients have been served a cease and desist order?
  5. How have you been able to help them?
  6. Can I contact them to find out what triggered it?
  7. What will you do for me if I get served with a cease and desist order?

MATA is bringing together a panel of after-school experts who have been doing this for decades. We will walk through these questions and much more in a series of webinars and video interviews.

Register for The Truth About the After-School Program Business WEBINAR

Learn how to increase PROFITS by taking the right PRECAUTIONS when running an after-school program. Register to get reminders and updates on the MATA Webinar with two of the most successful after-school operators in the country.

Learn how to avoid the legal pitfalls and liabilty of running a successful after-school program in the upcoming After-School series by the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association.

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ATTENTION

The information below is not legal advice. MATA makes no assertion that any of this is accurate. It is a copy and paste from the DCF website. Do not make any decisions regarding an after-school program without first consulting an attorney.

Click to Read Florida DCF Regulations on After-School Programs +

65C-22.008 School Age Child Care.(1) Application for licensure. Application for a license or for renewal of a license to operate a school-age child care program must be made on CF-FSP Form 5272, March 2017, Application for a License to Operate a School-Age Child Care Facility, which is incorporated by reference. CF-FSP Form 5272 may be obtained from the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/childcare or from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08022.

(2) Licensing: A school-age child care program must be licensed prior to operation and for continued operation, unless the program demonstrates that it is exempt pursuant to subsection (3), below. The license is issued in the name of the owner. The owner may be an individual, partnership, association, company or corporation, and the license must be posted in a conspicuous location where the school-age child care program is operating.

(3) Exemptions: A school-age child care program is not required to be licensed as long as the program complies with the minimum background screening requirements provided in Sections 402.305 and 402.3055, F.S., and if the program demonstrates that conditions of one of the following criteria outlined in paragraphs (a)-(e) below, are met. A school-age program exempted under paragraph (3)(a), (c) or (d) below, may become licensed if it chooses to meet all of the applicable licensing standards in subsection (4), below.

(a) Programs on School Sites. The program is located on a public/nonpublic school site; and:

  1. Is operated and staffed directly by that school or through a formal agreement, such as a contract, between the school (or school district, when the latter reserves authority for such agreements) and a provider which names the school/school district as the responsible party for the operation of the program. A lease for space or user agreement, with or without the endorsement of the program by the school/school district, does not meet the formal agreement requirement.
  2. Serves only the school-age children attending the school during the school day. The program may provide services during any out-of-school time, including before school, after school, on teacher planning days, holidays, and intercessions that occur during the school district’s academic calendar year.
  3. Follows the standards set forth by the Florida Building Code State Requirements for Public Educational Facilities pursuant to Section 402.305(5), F.S., programs operated in public school facilities, regardless of the operator.

(b) Instruction/Tutorial Programs. The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and has a single instructional/tutorial purpose and that purpose is the only service that the program provides. Some examples of these programs include, but are not limited to, tutoring; a computer class; a ballet class; a karate class; baseball instruction or other sport; the program cannot provide any service beyond the instructional and tutorial/academic activity; and:

  1. Does not cater, serve or prepare meals. The program may choose to provide drinks and ready-to-eat snacks that are individually pre-packaged and do not require refrigeration.
  2. Does not advertise or otherwise represent that the program has attributes of child care, as defined in Section 402.302(1), F.S.
  3. Enrollment information shall clearly define the duration of the instructional sessions. Session time may not exceed two hours. If tutoring is provided in multiple academic areas, the total combined session times cannot exceed three hours per day.
  4. Does not contract to deliver a school readiness program pursuant to Section 1002.88, F.S.

(c) Open Access Programs. The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Operates/Serves children for less than four hours per day; however, the program may provide services during any out-of-school time, including before school, after school, on teacher planning days, holidays, and intercessions that occur during the school district’s official academic calendar year.
  2. Does not advertise or otherwise represent that the program is an after-school child care program or that the program offers supervision.
  3. Allows children to enter and leave the program at any time without permission, prior arrangements, or supervision, and the program does not assume responsibility for supervision.
  4. Does not provide transportation, directly or through a contract or agreement with an outside entity, during the hours of operation for the purposes of field trips; and,
  5. Does not serve or prepare any meals, except those provided through the USDA Afterschool Meal Program (AMP) administered by the Florida Department of Health, pursuant to Section 402.305(1)(c), F.S. Programs not participating in the AMP may choose to provide drinks and ready-to-eat snacks that are individually pre-packaged and do not require refrigeration.
  6. Does not contract to deliver a school readiness program pursuant to Section 1002.88, F.S.

(d) Any program that is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and is providing care for school aged children that is operated by, or in affiliation with a national membership non-profit or not for profit organization that certifies membership organizations, as of February 1, 2017, in at least ten states, that was created for the purpose of providing activities that contribute to the development of good character or good sportsmanship or to the education or cultural development of minors in this state, that charges a membership fee for children and may receive grant funding for services. Such is certified by its national association as complying with the association’s purposes, procedures, minimum standards and mandatory requirements for all of its before school, after school or out-of-school time programs. The program must notify the Department prior to operating and annually, thereafter, of any operation of before school, after school or out-of-school time programs, provide verification of certification and good standing by its national association for all of its before school, after school or out of school time programs, and complete an annual attestation for compliance with background screening requirements. Failure by a program to comply with such reporting, providing required verifications, and screening requirements shall result in the loss of the program’s exemption from licensure.

(e) The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and provides child care exclusively for children in grades six and above.

(4) School-Age Child Care Standards. School age child care programs must follow the standards found in the School-Age Child Care Licensing Handbook, March 2017, incorporated herein by reference. The handbook may be obtained from the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/childcare or from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08023.

(5) Definitions for terms used in this rule are contained in the “School-Age Child Care Licensing Handbook.”

(6) The following documents and forms are also incorporated by reference as part of this rule:

(a) CF-FSP Form 5270, March 2017, Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certificate. A copy may be obtained from the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/childcare or from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08054.

(b) N-050-06 Child Care Food Program Meal Pattern for Children (CCFP), September 30, 2019. Copies may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08004.

(c) USDA MyPlate, August 2011. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03036.

(d) Center for Disease Control Guidelines, January 2013. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03037.

(e) CF-FSP Form 5268, March 2017, Child Care In-Service Training Record. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08007.

(f) CF-FSP 5337, March 2017, Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Requirements. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08010.

(g) CF-FSP 5217, March 2017, Volunteer Acknowledgement. A copy may be obtained at the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08013.

(h) CF Form 1649A, March 2017, Child Care Affidavit of Good Moral Character.  A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08015.

(i) CF/PI 175-24, March 2014, Know Your Child Care Facility. A copy can be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08017.

(j) CF/PI 175-70, June 2009, Influenza Virus, Guide to Parents. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08018.

(k) CF-FSP 5219, March 2017, Child Care Application for Enrollment. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08019.

(l) CF-FSP Form 5131, March 2017, Background Screening and Personnel File Requirements. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08020.

(m) CF-FSP Form 5290, March 2017, Florida Child Care Director Credential and Renewal Application. A copy may be obtained from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08055.

(n) CF-FSP Form 5252, March 2017, Florida Director Certificate. A copy may be obtained from the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/childcare or from the following link: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08053.

Rulemaking Authority 402.305 FS. Law implemented 402.305 FS. History-New 9-12-04, Amended 4-12-07, 5-1-08, 1-13-10, 8-1-13, 3-30-17.