Kids’ Club at Home After School Program
Monday–Thursday, 4:00 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.
The Gray House team is excited to announce our Kids’ Club at Home After School Program for the 2020-21 academic year! Building off the tremendous success of our summer program, where children connected with a diverse group of community mentors to learn new skills such as drumming, watercolor painting, Zumba, engineering, and meditative yoga, this unique remote program promises an educational and engaging after school experience. Each day there will be time dedicated to homework help, as well as a wide range of opportunities for children to be physically active, emotionally centered, and intellectually curious.
Coordinated by educators, this program serves children in grades 2-5 who live in Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income. The program runs September through May and is scheduled Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Due to the current economic hardship brought about by COVID-19, there is no cost for children to participate. Furthermore, each participant will receive free activity supplies to encourage daily engagement.
This year, the main objective of the Kids’ Club at Home After School Program is to ensure that our children continue to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of disruptions brought about by the pandemic. In addition to academic support, our program will incorporate the arts, physical education activities, STEM-based projects, and social emotional learning, all designed to help our children thrive during these difficult times.
If you are already registered for our Kids’ Club After School Program, you can access the program resources by visiting our Kids’ Club at Home web page.
Kids’ Club at Home Summer Program
As a result of COVID-19, The Gray House has created a unique program that will provide children with an educational and engaging experience focused on literacy support, self-discovery, community and character building…and, of course, fun from the safety of their own home.
Coordinated by educators, this virtual and at-home guided program serves children in grades 2-5 who live in Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income. The program runs Monday through Friday from July 6 through August 7. There is no cost for children to participate and all participants will receive a free tote bag filled with activity supplies to encourage daily engagement.
One of the main missions of the program is to address “summer slide” or summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement during the summer. Many children experience this year after year and by the end of fifth grade, can be more than two years behind their middle-class peers.
Who is eligible?
Children enrolled in grades 2–5. Children must be at least 7 years of age at the time of enrollment and no older than 12 years at the time of enrollment. Children must live in Springfield and be from households considered to be low-income. Parents or guardians must be able to commit to their child’s regular attendance.
How many children are in the program?
The Gray House can only enroll up to 20 children due to licensing requirements. Children can be placed on a wait list for the following enrollment period if requested.
What is summer learning loss?
Children from low-income families lose more than two months of reading achievement during the summer. Many children experience this year after year and by the end of fifth grade, they can be more than two years behind their middle-class peers. Learn more at SummerLearning.org