These programs provide a safe place for children during out-of-school hours where they participate in a variety of educational and enriching activities led by trained staff. These programs focus on four primary curriculum areas:
- Literacy is supported through independent reading lounges, theater clubs, reading rewards, letter writing activities and read aloud programs.
- Math focuses on numeracy, spatial reasoning and problem solving, with math table games, physical math games and construction stations that encourage participation in math activities.
- Health focuses on healthy habits, outdoor play and physical fitness, implemented through outdoor activities, free play, healthy cooking clubs, fitness tracking and special games.
- Social development focuses on service, good citizenship, and character development, which is supported through philanthropy, youth leadership opportunities, multi-cultural studies, cooperative games and character building activities.
In addition, AYS programs offer a monthly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Week. This week is meant to instill an interest and foster engagement in the STEM fields and help the children develop an appreciation and knowledge of visual and performing arts. When possible, AYS works with community partners to offer specialized programming around enrichment focus areas.
Before- and after-school programs include a healthy morning and afternoon snack, dedicated homework time, and at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
AYS has decades of experience providing age-appropriate programming for even the youngest students. Over the years, AYS has offered full-day, half-day and before and after services for preschoolers and kindergarteners. AYS incorporates Creative Curriculum in our programming for young learners.
AYS’ full-day summer break camps allow campers to explore their interests, make new friends, and learn while having fun in a safe location- at your school. Like our school year programs, camp activities offer a mix of age-appropriate physical activity, educational enrichment and social development. Each week, Camp AYS features a different theme, with activities and field trips that support the weekly theme.
AYS offers full-day programs for any school break during the school year, including fall, winter and spring breaks. These break camps follow a similar daily schedule to Camp AYS, with a variety of choices for staff-led activities, along with time for free play.
AYS offers full-day programs or extended program hours to meet the needs of families and schools on occasions such as snow days, weather delays or teacher in-service days. These special days typically follow a similar daily schedule of a full-day camp, with plenty of activities to keep children engaged and active.
AYS believes that all families should have access to safe, fun and enriching opportunities for their children outside of the school day. AYS sites are approved for Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) vouchers. We also offer financial assistance to families who do not receive CCDF. We also work with school personnel and families to include children with special needs in our programs whenever possible.
For more information about how to open an AYS program at your school or to learn more about how our services can be tailored to best fit your needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.