Start planning for after-school care for the upcoming school year, which begins on Monday, Aug. 21, 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 nationally acclaimed Fit2Play after-school and outreach programs from Aug. 21, 2017 through June 8, 2018, including school vacation breaks. 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 or 3-1-1.
Returning for a second season is Miami-Dade Parks’ “Fit2Lead Youth Enrichment & Sports (Y.E.S.)” program, for ages 12-14. The program is presented in collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Services and local universities. Its aim is to empower youth through sports and recreation – where they will learn life and leadership skills through personal, academic, career, and citizenship enrichment activities. Fit2Lead Y.E.S. is offered free of charge during the regular school calendar year, Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 p.m., at 10 county parks.Transportation from the student’s school to the park may be available, depending on the location.
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. In the past, there was a one-time registration fee of $45, and the program cost $40 a week. Please call for updated costs. 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.