Photo courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

After-School Registration Now Open for Free NYC Program

We've told you all about the lottery for swimming classes operated by the NYC Parks Department, but did you know it also has you covered after school? Registration for the FREE after-school program run by the Parks Department opened on August 21, 2019 for NYC kids ages 6 to 13, and we've got details on what the program offers and how to sign up.

Find more after-school options in the Mommy Poppins Classes Guide.

The NYC Parks Department's after-school programs are run at seven recreation centers spread throughout the five boroughs. The 2019 program kicks off on Monday, September 16, and runs through the school year. (NYC public schools reopen again for the first day of class on Thursday, September 5, 2019.) Care is provided from 3-6pm on school days. The Parks Department does not provide transportation for students to its after-school centers.

What to Expect

Parents can expect an after-school program that complements students' school-day learning, the Parks Department tells us. Trained staff will provide academic enrichment, supervised use of computer labs, and healthy snacks while also leading students in team-building activities, sports, arts, and cultural programs. Participants also have an opportunity to take field trips throughout the five boroughs.

How to Register

Registration is first-come, first-served. All necessary forms can be downloaded from the Parks Department's after-school page. Completed paperwork, along with a medical physical form from your pediatrician must be dated July 2019 or later and returned—in person—to the recreation center of your choice.

Registration will continue at each site until all spots are filled, Parks tells us. As with many free programs, parents are encouraged to sign up at their preferred site ASAP. The amount of time it takes for spots to fill varies by location, though all sites are usually full by October.

Visit the NYC Parks' website for more information.

Photo courtesy of the NYC Parks Department.

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