Many of the toughest challenges for students occur after the school bell rings. Whether they face hunger or academic challenges, students find a safe environment at our afterschool program. These students can complete their homework under certified teacher supervision and have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities like sports, symphony and robotics. Each quality, free after-school program site provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program takes serves kindergarten through eighth grade students, Monday through Friday for three hours each day. The program focuses on six core areas – academic enrichment, sports and recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, parental involvement and community service.
Each afternoon, students are welcomed into a general meeting place, checked in by quality after-school staff and enjoy a nutritious snack. Students then spend up to 75 minutes each day working on academics under the supervision of a certified teacher and after-school staff members.
After academics, students participate in enrichment activities such as cheerleading, dance, arts and crafts, and sports. Each of these activities is led by highly qualified after-school staff members whose are background screened by Duval County Public Schools.
Certain afterschool sites are able to offer unique opportunities to students. The Jump Start Strings program, in partnership with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, allows for elementary school students to learn and play string instruments while being instructed by the symphony musicians. Participating students have a chance to perform for family and friends at the end of the school year. Other unique activities include robotics, animation and video production.
After students complete these activities, they gather together to enjoy a nutritious dinner and then are dismissed and picked up by parents or approved guardians.
Oversight and primary funding of the afterschool programs is provided through The Jacksonville Children’s Commission.