Kids’ Club

Kids’ Club Summer Program

The Gray House team is excited to announce our Kids’ Club Summer Program!  This unique experience will provide children an educational and engaging experience focused on literacy support, self-discovery, community and character building…and, of course, lots of fun!

Coordinated by educators, this program serves children entering 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 July 30. There is a $50 refundable deposit for children to participate ($25 for each additional sibling). Breakfast and lunch are provided throughout the program and all field trips and supplies are provided at no cost to families.

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. It takes the children six weeks to re-learn old material in the fall. When children read over the summer, they may gain a month of proficiency in reading. It only takes two to three hours of reading per week to prevent summer learning loss.

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.  The program provides 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, 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 incorporates the arts, physical education activities, STEM-based projects, and social emotional learning.

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.

FAQs

Who is eligible?

Children enrolled in grades 2–5 who are at least 7 years old and no more than 12 years old at the time of enrollment are eligible to apply. The 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