It can be hard being a parent on a budget, especially when the parents have to work during their children’s after school hours. Having a babysitter every day after school can add up, which is why after school programs for kids are so important. If you need valuable and enriching after school child care, look into one of these 6 North Dakota programs.
BLAST, or Bismarck Life After School Time, is an after school program in which children can do activities like arts and crafts, games, tutoring, and sports under the close care of the program’s supervisors. This program is especially helpful to children struggling in school, as it gives them dedicated time to get one-on-one help from aides. BLAST is available to several Bismarck area schools including Centennial, Grimsrud, Liberty, Miller, Murphey, Northridge, Prairie Rose, Solheim, and Sunrise. Parents interested in the BLAST program can call the Bismarck Parks and Recreation Department for more information.
YMCA Grand Forks offers the MASH after school program for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This structured learning environment gives kids the chance to engage in activities like academics, team and cooperation activities, arts and crafts, board games, and physical fitness activities. Snacks are also given to the children, as well as breakfast and lunch on certain days. If interested, call the Child Care Director at YMCA Grand Forks for more information.
The Door of Hope Freedom Center provides invaluable, enriching after school child care to residents of the Bismarck area. The Christian-based center provides transportation from school and is open on school days from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Children can learn about reading and science, do arts and crafts, and play outside all while making new friends with other kids. Call The Door of Hope Freedom Center for more information about pricing and availability.
While not strictly an after school program, the Fargo YMCA Early Learning Center is a valuable resource for busy parents on a budget. The program is open for infants through preschool children and during their time at the center, they’re taught about math and science, perform plays, learn about music, and learn how to operate a computer. The prestigious program gives young children a head start on their education while giving parents time to work without worrying about a babysitter. Services are available from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Central Valley Public School provides a before and after school program for children that is open from 7:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Students are allowed to work on computers or their homework and staff members can provide one-on-one help to the students. In addition to homework time, students also have scheduled time to play outside and get physical exercise. Call the Central Valley Public School for more information on their after school program.
The Boys & Girls Club in Fargo provides after school car for a small fee. They are open from Monday through Friday until 6 p.m. and is available for children from ages five to 12. The program is available at local elementary schools and other sites like Bennett, Centennial, Eagles, Ed Clapp, Fargo Youth Center, Hawthorne, Kennedy, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Longfellow, Washington, and the Youth Center at Rose Creek.