Kids' Club After School Program
Monday–Thursday, 3:45 p.m.–5:30 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 Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income. There is currently no cost for children to participate.
The children receive academic support, develop literacy skills, participate in constructive activities, and enjoy nutritious snacks, while surrounded by supportive and positive role models. Each week the children learn a Character Value word such as 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, creating opportunities for character and vocabulary building. In addition to homework help and literacy development, Kids' Club provides a wide range of opportunities for children to be physically active, emotionally centered, and intellectually curious.
Kids’ Club focuses on community building, improving self-esteem, 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.
Throughout the pandemic, parents have credited the program with having a significant positive impact on their children's mental health. The stability, opportunities for social interactions, and fun activities, help to ensure that our children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of the disruptions and stress brought about by the pandemic.
Kids' Club Summer Program
The Kids' Club Summer program provides children with an educational and engaging experience focused on literacy support, self-discovery, community and character building…and, of course, lots of fun!
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 for four weeks. 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.
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.
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