It’s that time of year—back to school time! There are plenty of reasons for parents to rejoice and for kids to be excited. However, for working parents with a 9-5 schedule the 3 o’clock school day can pose a challenge. Luckily there are many free and inexpensive after school programs available in the Hartford area. For more after school programs check out our After School Classes Guide.
The New Britain Youth Theater has an after school extracurricular program scheduled and arranged through the New Britain Consolidated school district. It is designed to teach all aspects of theater performance and production based upon state of Connecticut curriculum guidelines.
The Educational Resources for Children, Inc (ERfC) provides after school learning and enrichment centers at a few of the area schools in the Enfield community. While this program is not free the registration fee is reasonable.
The Parker Memorial Community Center in Hartford has many after school activities available such as double dutch, basketball, badminton and more. Activities differ on a daily basis and are offered at varying times so check the website for more information regarding schedules.
The Salvation Army provides after school care for children of Hartford attending Clark Elementary School. Children are given time for homework and free play, as well as a snack. Additional activities such as crafts, dance, reading and the computer lab are also available. Evening meals are provided by the school. There is only room for 20 students and slots fill quickly on a first come, first served basis.
The Keane on Kids Enrichment Program offers cooking classes, science experiments, athletics, drama and art to children attending Wethersfield Elementary Schools this year, as well as non-residents (provided they have their own transportation). Classes are inexpensive and vary throughout the semester. Parents can register at the Parks and Recreation Dept. or by clicking here: wethersfieldct.gov/recreation.
The YMCA offers after school care and morning care called YW Kidslink for children in Rocky Hill, West Hartford and Bolton. The program offers time for homework and free play, as well as more structured events with special guests and activities that incorporate leadership, culture, and teamwork. The tuition is not cheap, but the program Care4Kids can help reduce costs for families that qualify.
Originally published 8/26/2012.