Monday–Thursday, 3:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
The Kids’ Club Afterschool Program provides a safe, supportive and encouraging environment where children can learn, grow and succeed. The program is licensed by the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) and serves children in grades 2–5 who live in the North End of Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income.
The children receive academic support, participate in constructive activities and enjoy a nutritious dinner, while surrounded by supportive and positive role models. Each week the children learn a Character Value word. They learn words like community, respect, perseverance, self-discipline and gratitude. The children define the words and are challenged to put them into action during the program, at school and at home. Kids’ Club focuses on community building, character development and establishing a strong foundation for the youth’s academic and personal success. We recognize that we cannot do this alone and work closely with the parents, guardians and the teachers of the children to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the child’s individuals needs and how to best support the child and each other.
Monday–Friday, 8:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m
As a continuation of the afterschool program, 20 youth participate in a four-week summer program focused on fun and combating summer learning loss. The Gray House works closely with CLASP, The Connected Learning in Afterschool and Summer Partnership, which provides literacy coaches and assessments for our children. The youth spend 30 minutes each day reading and journaling to help maintain their literacy levels over the summer. The children go on several field trips to and engage in new experiences such as fishing and hiking.
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 and must be able to have an authorized adult pick up and drop off their child each day of the program.
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