CHAMP at Truxton

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Parents - Registration is open at the link below. Please be sure you have arranged transportation with your child's school, and that all required forms and payments are completed. Thank you!


The Cortland Homer Afterschool Mentorship Program (CHAMP) is offered through the JM McDonald Sports Complex for boys and girls in grades K-6. CHAMP is an exciting NYS approved afterschool activity program designed to provide affordable, quality, and developmentally appropriate afterschool care to area youth. The CHAMP mission is "To provide a healthy, activity based after-school program for grade school students in the Cortland/Homer area that provides a mentorship connection with SUNY Cortland physical education majors through a NY state licensed childcare program."

The CHAMP Program is based on a three-prong approach:

  • Planned physical activity (using SUNY Cortland P.E. Majors as mentors)

  • Healthy snack education and choices (called Snack Attack)

  • Creative classroom activities and homework help 

The program utilizes the CATCH afterschool curriculum developed by Flaghouse (, which is designed to teach kids the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. Additional program goals include:

  1. Increase the physical activity levels of Cortland/Homer youth (K-6th grade). 

  2. Provide quality mentorship experiences for college students interested in working with youth.

  3. Decrease the overweight and obesity levels of Cortland/Homer area youth. 


There are now two registration options:

Part Time: 3 days per week or less on a regular basis ($130 per month for one child, $110 for every additional child via our Sibling Discount)


Full Time: 4-5 days per week on a regular basis ($190 per month for one child, $160 for every additional child via our Sibling Discount)


This program is an extension of our CHAMP Afterschool Program that offers child care on days off from school. Children will participate in crafts, games, and other activities. Similar to the CHAMP Program, this program runs in accordance with the Cortland School District calendar. There is an additional cost to this program, and pre-registration is required.

CLICK HERE to register or for more information on CHAMP School's Out. 


AVAILABLE POSITIONS:   to apply please send resume to

Childcare Director 

Reports to: Operations Manager

Overview: The CHAMP and Childcare Director will work closely with the office staff to support the childcare functions of the organization including: developing, supervising, and directing programs; supervision of childcare staff and volunteers; corresponding with parents/guardians; facilitating childcare information, and financial responsibility for collection of fees.

  • Provide Administrative assistance to both the Operations Manager and the Recreation and Events Director to support the childcare functions of the organization.

  • Lead the JM McDonald Summer Camp, CHAMP Afterschool Program, Schools Out Program, and CHAMP at Truxton and new programs as developed. Ensuring we have certification with appropriate regulatory agencies, training and supervision of camp counselors, coordinate registration, plan activities and meals, ensure the safety of the youth attending the camps, and strong communication from program to parents.

  • Serve as lead teacher of childcare programs and direct support for counselors and leaders.

  • Travel between both Truxton and JM McDonald Sports Complex for afterschool and summer camp programs.

  • Will maintain staff development and maintain schedule for childcare program within budget parameters.

  • Should be able to organize daily flow of childcare programs.

  • Identify the need for new childcare programs that can be established at JM McDonald Sports Complex to increase services to families who utilize our programs.

  • Must abide by all NYS OCFS rules and regulations and keep up with any changes in policy.

  • Lead and manage activities with NYS OCFS office, coordinate inspections, and fulfill all requests for information regarding our certification.

  • Complete grant applications to fund and grow programs.

  • Excellent computer skills are required including specific knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook. Candidate will use EZ-Facility Management Software and NYS OCFS system software.

  • Should be able to work independently and within the parameters of a team.

  • Must have the ability to handle a variety of administrative duties.

  • Should maintain strict confidentiality related to business matters.

  • Perform all duties as directed by the Operations Manager to support the mission, goals and objectives of the Sports Complex.

  • Inventory of all equipment related to CHAMP.

  • Create schedules for workers, fair and unbiased.

  • Be able to solve any conflicts that arise with students, staff, or parents in timely and professional manner.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation or a related field OR New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential OR School Age Child Care Credential. At least two years of working with children under the age of 13 years, including one or more years in a supervisory capacity. Should demonstrate an ability to interact effectively with the public.

Job Title:

CHAMP Group Teacher

Reports To:

Childcare Director and Operations Manager

Job Overview:

The CHAMP Group Teacher will work closely with the other CHAMP Group Teachers and the Childcare Director to support the childcare program. This position will require the teacher to:

  • Provide assistance to the other CHAMP teachers and children during program hours

  • Lead and facilitate activities given from the Childcare Director

  • Follow a schedule and instructions

  • Serve as support to other teachers and staff in the building

  • Have strong communication skills with other CHAMP teachers as well as the Childcare Director

  • Responsible for the care of the children during program hours 

  • Responsible to report situations of child abuse or maltreatment of any kind 

Time Availability:

The CHAMP program runs after school from 3 pm-6 pm Monday-Friday


  • An Associates degree or higher in: child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation or a related field.

    • Also accepted: A School-Age Child Care Credential or other Office-Recognized Credential specific to the school-age development period.​​

  • At least one year of experience working with children less than 13 years of age 

  • Or a High School diploma (or its equivalent) and two years of direct experience working with children less than 13 years of age.