3 affordable after-school programs

Thumbnail for 54619It’s never too early to start planning for after-school care for the upcoming school year, which begins on Monday, Aug. 24, for Miami-Dade Public Schools. The programs listed below are for 6- to 13-year-old children and run from when the bell rings until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Miami-Dade County Parks are once again offering the Fit2Play after-school and outreach programs until school ends in early June 2016. With 41 parks around the county, there’s bound to be a convenient location for every parent. For $25 to $35 a week, kids can get homework help, be exposed to nature, science and the cultural arts and participate in sports. Financial aid is available and transportation to Fit2Play locations is available for an additional fee. Call 305-755-7800.

The YMCA of Greater Miami offers after-school programs at specific school locations so there is no need to transport kids from school to a YMCA location. Programs include arts and crafts, sports and homework help, and a daily snack is provided. The locations are at more than 20 Miami-Dade County schools. There is a one-time registration fee of $45, and the program is $40 a week. Financial aid is available.  Call 305-357-4000.

The City of Miami Parks & Recreation Department offers an after-school program at more than 25 parks, with sports activities as well as arts and crafts. There is a one-time $10 registration fee, and cost varies by location. Call 305-416-1300 for more info.

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