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NYC Parks & Recreation offers free afterschool programs for children from 6 to 13 years old. Programming is based around monthly themes including sports, famous artists, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). This program takes place on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Registration opens mid-August. Enroll your child here.. Find a park at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks or filter by facilities (e.g. pool, baseball fields, roller hockey, handball courts, media labs, etc.) by clicking on the tab “Search by Location and/or Facilities”.
Learn more visiting www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/afterschool.
Compass NYC Website
Discover DYCD Website with the “afterschool programs” filter
Afterschool programs for middle schoolers
DYCD Youth Connect at 646-343-6800 (teens/adolescentes)
Also call or visit the after school program staff at your child’s school for more information about their afterschool programming.
Afterschool programs take place right after classes, in the evenings, weekends, summer vacations, or holidays.
These programs help children do better in school, have better health, lower risky behaviors, and are a safe environment for children of working parents.
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Spanish Afterschool Programs handout.
To find more after-school programs, visit the Comprehensive After School System for NYC (COMPASS NYC).
Teens have the chance to develop their computational interests or learn valuable lifelong skills for a developing career. NYC Parks offers programs for many young New Yorkers.
Click on the programs below to find out about locations, registration, schedules, and programming.
► RecYouth Teen Digital Media
► Garden Kitchen Lab
► TechOpps Media Certification
If you would like to find more information about youth and teen programs, or discuss programs for your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 360-2791.
Updated on May 17, 2021
nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/youth-sports | cityparksfoundation.org/play
311 | City Parks Foundation phone (212) 360-1399 | email email@example.com
— Children under 18 residing in New York City
— Recreation Centers memberships are free for children under 18
— NYC Parks sports events are free to the public
— Check with your local recreation center or the CityParks Foundation for more details about registration, schedules, programming and locations
— Find a variety of training activities in the box below
How to Apply
~ Recreation Centers
— Download a Recreation Center Membership Registration Form and fill it out
— Bring your application to nearest center; locate one at nycgovparks.org/facilities/recreationcenters
**Valid ID and proof of vaccination required
~ CityParks Foundation
— Go to cityparksfoundation.org/play and choose a sport program
— Check group age and schedules
— Sign up for classes
~ NYC Parks Events
— Go to nycgovparks.org/events
— Apply filters for types of program. For example you can check off “Fitness” and “Sports” in the list on the right
— On the left side see the results. Check if a recreation center membership is required
Learn more at nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/youth-sports.
Updated on May 17, 2021
830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065
CityParks Foundation is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Programs are located in more than 400 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City.
Middle schoolers can participate in the CityParks Afterschool programs by registering until March 1st, 2021. Two programs are available (Greens Girl & Coastal Classroom). Read the programs’ details below.
► GREEN GIRL BY ING AFTERSCHOOL
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING After School program is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled weekly online adventures about New York City’s parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within the natural environment.
This spring’s program will feature hands-on, at-home science experiments like water-quality testing, virtual trips to the earth’s atmosphere and underwater to study the effects of climate change, and interactive group activities. Using their local parks as a basis, Green Girls explore topics like climate change, street trees, careers in the sciences, and how to advocate for their parks and futures.
For 6th to 8th grade girl students across New York City.
March 8 – June 10, 2021
Weekly Virtual Sessions
Monday – Thursday; 3:30pm – 5pm
How to Apply
Register in the Green Girls Afterschool Applicate Website.If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org and Necia Clarke, email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program.
► COASTAL CLASSROOM
Coastal Classroom explores the rich aquatic ecosystems of NYC’s shores. Students will dive deep into the waters with virtual field trips to local coastal parks like Kaiser Park in Coney Island and Conference House Park on Staten Island’s southernmost point. Through interactive digital lessons, students will learn about the wondrous species inhabiting our coasts, with topics like our food chain and marine adaption. Throughout the semester, students will focus on coastal ecology, water quality, urban waterfront restoration, and preservation presented through authentic digital learning experiences.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City
Start Date: March 17th
8 Weekly Virtual Sessions
Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
How to Apply
Registration is now open at the Coastal Classroom Afterschool Application website. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program. For more information, please contact Luis Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated on February 8, 2021
COVID-19 Service Announcements
With Parks@Home Jr., parents, teachers, and guardians can make online learning exciting and fun. Draw and paint, play games, meet animals and nature, ask a Ranger questions, and so much more!
Join live tours, puzzling, art and crafts, wildlife map and calendar, family meditation, and so much more!
Visit Parks@Homes Jr for a calendar of activities.
The Cooper Union’s Saturday Program offers eight free studio art courses of 2 semesters in length. All classes meet remotely for a few hours on Saturdays and one hour of office hours with their instructor during the week. For high school seniors, the two-semester Senior Studios provide support to successfully compete for admissions to art and architecture colleges.
Students from 9th to 12th grade. No prior experience is required.
Architecture, Digital Media, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Senior Studio: Visual Art (12th grade only), and Senior Studio: Design (12th grade only).
How to Apply
An online application must be submitted to be considered for the program by September 27, 2021. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waitlist. Application for Spring ’22 academic year is now available!
Updated on November 9, 2021
185 Van Dyke Street, Suite 205, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 410-6050 | email@example.com
Extreme Kids & Crew Summer camp is a free arts and play program for children with IEPs. Activities are built on a foundation of creative expression, imaginative play, and social emotional learning (SEL). Participants will make friends, build confidence in their abilities, and have fun.
Children with IEPs ages 7 to 12
Field Trips, Arts and Crafts, and so much more!
How to apply
The application is still not open for summer 2022, but fill out this interest form to be notified when the application opens!
Updated on April 19, 2022
244 Fifth Ave, Suite 2164, New York, NY 10001
Culikid hosts inclusive monthly cooking classes for children of all abilities. Culikid’s classes emphasize healthy eating, trying new foods, building social skills, and practicing fine motor skills.
During COVID-19, all cooking classes are free and will take place virtually. Check out recordings of previous classes at youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNBNTHPYhvrO9W_15oz6wEbmt47RYpXbH.
To learn more about in-person Culikid’s programs, visit culikid.org/what-we-do.
Updated on September 7, 2021
Find a Branch
Contact the YMCA
Programs run every regular school day, from 3 PM to 6 PM. YMCA’s curriculum is based on a program model that focuses on learning enhancement, health and recreation, and building competence and confidence in children.
YMCA afterschool programs are offered at many sites throughout the city. They are offered at no cost or low cost to parents. Find a branch near you to enroll your child.
Updated on February 9th, 2021
The Jewish Board’s Harlem Child Development Center (HCDC) has launched a new community music-making group for families. The group is a drop-in family-centered community music therapy group focused on early childhood development. The music-making group is intended to support caregivers and their little ones together. It is also intended to maintain the whole family’s general well-being and to strengthen community ties by giving families space to meet new families they may not have known before. The program is free.
Families with children 0-5 years old that live in the East Harlem neighborhood.
Activities and Schedule
Parents and their little ones’ ages from birth to 5 years old meet virtually on Thursdays from 4-5 pm via Zoom. In the hour session, parents and children make music together using songs and everyday objects found in their homes. For more information and to register for the group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 582-9100.
Updated on February 21, 2021
Police Athletic League, Inc.
34 1/2 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
800-PAL-4KIDS (800-725-4543) | (212) 477-9450
PAL provides youth in K – 8th grade with a high-quality after-school experience based on a revolving schedule of academic enrichment (PAL Smarts), arts learning (PAL Arts), and physical education (PAL Fit). For decades, PAL’s After-school program has kept thousands of children safe and productive during high-risk after-school hours, which helps working families.
The after-school program is offered at 20 youth centers in all 5 boroughs from 3pm-6pm on school days and from 8am-6pm on school holidays.
Check out all the after-school programs at the PAL website. Find other children programs here.
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Cyclopedia is a bicycling program led by pediatricians and public health professionals that combines physical activity with collaborative online documentation for the purpose of empowering urban adolescents to become engaged and healthy members of their communities.
Each ride has an explicitly local theme pertaining to the neighborhoods our riders live in.
345 East 102nd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY 10029
SCAN HARBOR is one of the largest children and youth services providers in East Harlem, Harlem, and South Bronx that serves families with children and youth “at risk”.
SCAN HARBOR offers a wide range of programs including early childhood education, after-school programs, building job skills, counseling, tutoring, test preparation, nutrition help, cooking classes, violence prevention, a safe space for LGBTQ youth, and family services for domestic violence survivors, substance abuse and rehabilitation.
Workforce Development Program: the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) / Academic Year Youth Employment each summer hires Harlem, East Harlem and South Bronx youth to work at SCAN HARBOR program sites and summer camps. SCAN-Harbor is also sponsoring a “first ever” Academic Year Youth Employment Program. Learn more.
ABC (Association to Benefit Children)
Administrative office: 419 East 86th Street (between 1st and York Ave.), New York, NY 10028
ABC Schools’ addresses
Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue (between Park and Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10035
ABC offers distinctive programs that respond to the unique and changing need of a child and family.
Early Childhood: programs that offer therapy and lessons at the centers or at home for children of low income families, with disabilities, or those that have gone through trauma or homelessness. ABC Schools and program details at www.a-b-c.org/early-childhood.
After School Programs and Youth Services: available at Echo Park, ABC offers to children 5-21 years old academic round support for school with the Therapeutic Afterschool Program. In Afterschool, students also participate in “Study Buddies Connect”, a program where they connect with volunteer buddies who help them achieve their academic goals. Camp Calvin is a 6-week Therapeutic Summer Day Camp. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/youth-services
All Children’s House: serves children from birth to age 5—those at highest risk for morbidity and mortality resulting from abuse and neglect. All Children’s House builds child-parent attachment to help shield children against the extreme strains of poverty and complex trauma. To learn more visit www.a-b-c.org/preventive-services
Updated on May 5, 2022