It’s never too soon to plan ahead and find a place for your children to go after school.
Sure, there are various options: play dates, heading home, a possible job for the older teen, but for many students learning doesn’t stop when school lets out.
Afterschool programs ecourage the nurturing of hobbies, improving specialized skill sets, and getting rid of some excess energy on the sports field. Below is a guide to afterschool programs in Brooklyn (some free!) that will keep kids safe, entertained and engaged in those hours before the nightly routine of homework, dinner, and bed.
Homework Help: Whether your child needs tutoring in a specific subject, or merely some supervision and encouragement, these places specialize in helping your kids!
- Brooklyn Public Library’s Homework Helpers:(Grades 1-8)
- Kumon: (Preschool – 12)
- Y After School Academy (ages 5-12)
Sports: As more schools cut physical education programs, remaining active is essential for kids. Here are a just a few places where young ones can let off a little steam.
Arts: Whether your child wants to dress up and perform on stage, turn doodling into a Picasso or use tools and blueprints to make their very own model home, these after school programs fit the bill.
Multi-Optional Facilities: Whether your child wants to cook, dance, learn circus skills, improve their French, or complete homework, these sites offer multiple activities for students after school.
- Congregation Beth Elohim After School Program
- Global Kids
- International School of Brooklyn, Enrichment Classes
- New York Chess and Games
City Funded Programs: The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development has sponsored these free afterschool programs that seek to nurture both the mind and the body. They offer tutoring, college prep, sports options, and arts.
- Beacon Program
- Cornerstone Program
- Teen Action
- For more free, city sponsored programs call: 1-800-246-4646
Of course this only a small sampling of what's available in the borough, so we’d love to hear from you as well.
What afterschool programs have your kids enjoyed or would you recommend?