Afterschool for your Child

The LEARN Afterschool program offers K-8 students a unique educational experience of working in combination with teachers, mentors, peers, and parents to build academic skills, self-confidence, and a positive attitude.

We provide students with afterschool care that focuses on health, safety, current issues and academics. Using physical activity, nutrition education and healthy snacks, we emphasize the value of health for students. We additionally care for our students by providing a safe environment for socializing, transportation to the program and accessibility for all community members. Our subjects for education include technology, global issues, reading, math, science.

Our Curriculum consists of four central components: Guided Reading, Camelot Math, Positive Action and SPARK Physical Education.

Guided reading is facilitated by teachers and mentors to help model successful reading skills, such as understanding words in context, using writing to aid in text meaning, and working with leveled reading materials.

Camelot Math combines daily drills, “hands on” exercises, the MacMillan and Houghton Mifflin math series, and on-going assessment to help identify and work on areas of improvement.

Positive Action shows that positive thoughts lead to positive actions, positive actions lead to positive feelings about yourself, and positive feelings lead to more positive thoughts. Our curriculum work together to teach students the motivation and basic skills for achieving success and happiness for all family members.

SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) Programs focus on the development of healthy lifestyles, motor skills and movement knowledge, and social and personal skills. Students who participate in SPARK Physical Education improve their fitness levels, sport skills, enjoyment of PE class, and activity levels outside of PE class. Students are asked to complete a pre and post test at the beginning and end of the 12 week program in order to evaluate the program's effectiveness.

We measure improvement through preliminary and post assessments to help us gauge improvement in the areas of attendance, positive self-perception and academic achievement. Assessments are made through a combination of surveys, state test scores, reading assessments, and semester report cards.

We’d love for you to be involved with our Community Advisory Board, comprised of parents, school officials, and partnering agencies to allow you to provide input on program goals, activities and social events. Meetings are held 3 times per year with each district.

Safety

To ensure the saftey of afterschool students, all staff and mentors go through an extensive screening and training process before working with the children.

Mentors are required to complete an application packet, provide at least 3 references, participate in a face-to-face interview, obtain clearances (Criminal Background, Child Abuse, and FBI fingerprinting), as well as participate in approximately 12-5 hours of training.

Afterschool staff are highly qualified instructors hired through SPHS who possess at least a bachelor’s degree in education or an equivalent degree. The majority are PA certified teachers and all are CPR/First Aid Certified.

In case of emergency situations (inclement weather, medical problems, etc.), we will notify the contacts listed on the Emergency Contact Form of each child. For all other emergency situations (i.e. fire alarm, tornado warning, etc.), staff and students will abide by the emergency procedures as determined by each school district.

How to Enroll your Child

1) Complete & Return the INTEREST SURVEY You must complete and return the INTEREST SURVEY to your child’s teacher to let us know you’re interested in filling out an INTAKE PACKET for enrollment. (Note: the INTEREST SURVEY does not enroll the student, but informs us that you’re interested in enrolling your child). The INTEREST SURVEY is available in the Required Forms for Parents section below.

2) Have a Face-to-Face to Complete the INTAKE PACKET Once we receive your INTEREST SURVEY, our staff will contact you to set up a face-to-face appointment to complete an INTAKE PACKET for enrollment. Feel free to print and fill out the forms below prior to your meeting.

3) Start Program Once Contacted Once we’ve met face to face and you’ve completed your forms, we’ll contact you and your child’s teacher with the date the child can start attending programming.

Required Forms for Parents

Before you enroll:
Interest Survey (348kb)

After completing the Interest Survey:
Questionaire (348kb)
Emergency Contact Form (348kb)
Policies Rules & Procedures Form (348kb)
School Records for Release Form (348kb)
Video/Photography & Transportation form (348kb)
Washington Bus information, rules and Permission Form* (348kb)
Supplemental Educational Services Provide Selection Form* (348kb)
*Only needs to be filled out for students at the Washington School District site. Students in grades K-6 are eligible for this service based on household income and student need.

Students, tell us what you think at the Youth Advisory Board!

Students in 3rd-6th grde can choose a student representative to be on the Youth Advisory Board. Representatives meet with a coordinator to discuss which activities are offered on Fridays, which speakers come to the program, and what Service Learning Activity to participate in.