Research group and after-school care advocates Afterschool Alliance recently commissioned a household survey, America After 3PM, to determine the biggest issues parents face in seeking after-school programs. The 2014 survey took into account responses from 30,000 households and 200 in-depth interviews of Oklahoma families and found that while parents who use after-school activities are satisfied with the programs, there’s a significant shortage of programs available. Read more about the results of the Oklahoma study here and check out the list below of some after-school activities available locally.
Various Locations, 297-7777, www.ymca.org
The YMCA is the Metro’s largest provider of school-age childcare. Visit their website for a lengthy list of schools served. Ages 6-12.
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $60 for members, $75 for non-members weekly, includes school holidays. Transportation provided.
Three locations in the Metro:
- 1520 SW 119th, Oklahoma City OK 73170, 793-6000
- 15000 N. Western Ave, Edmond OK 73013, 285-6787
- 6101 NW 139th Street, Oklahoma City OK 73142, 721-2200
Their Explorers Club program offers homework support, physical activities and healthy snacks as well as drama, technology, and creative arts activities. Ages 5-12.
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Before-school care is $120 weekly. After-school care is $130 weekly. Both is $150 weekly. Transportation provided depending on school location.
Six locations in the metro, (866) 521-KIDS (5437), www.childcarenetwork.com
A Young Achiever’s Club offers students daily experiences in math, science, language, and art as well as outdoor time to run and play. Students have the freedom to make choices about the activities. Ages 5-12.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before-school care is $70 weekly. After-school care is $80 weekly. Both is $95 weekly. Price may vary by location. Transportation provided.
First Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 25th, 525-0018, www.fpokc.org/spark
SPARK’s mission is to provide neighborhood children a safe, loving atmosphere with opportunities for enrichment in reading and the arts. Kids are offered healthy snacks, homework help and tutoring, the chance to work with artists through the OKC Arts Council, group games, and free play. K-8th grade.
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before- school care is $30 weekly. After- school care is $70 weekly. Transportation provided.
Various locations, 236-2069, www.latchkey.us
On-site care at multiple school locations offering homework help, story time, art, science and math activities, as well as physical activities, both indoor and outdoor. Pre-K-6th grade.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Hours vary by location. Check website for specific hours. Before-school care is $30 weekly. After-school care is $55 weekly. Both is $70 weekly, additional care available for certain school holidays. No transportation needed.
14400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., 378-4163, www.childrenslearningadventure.com
In a classroom specifically designed for school-age kids, their After School Jungle combines freedom and structure. The Challengers curriculum offers homework assistance, a computer lab, library, theater, indoor gym and bowling lanes. They also offer enrichment curriculum in science, math, art, culinary arts and fitness. Ages 5-12.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Price varies based on services, call for specifics. Transportation provided.
In a safe environment, your child will be presented with opportunities for fun, socializing and learning. They’ll do homework, get some exercise, create projects, and participate in group activities and more. Ages 5-12.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. $116 per week; flex care is available. Transportation provided.
(405) 521-9292, www.bgcokc.org
The Boys and Girls Club After-School Program offers Power Hour homework time, tutoring, snacks, basketball, soccer, cheer, dance, karate, flag football, ballet, baseball, guitar, an art studio computer lab, library, Keystone teen program and Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. Ages 6-18 (must be enrolled in school).
Monday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 annual membership, $10 membership to attend break camps. Transportation provided
Most centers offer a Homework Center to complete individual assignments and projects from school. Their Catch the Wave program also works on building abstract concepts and creative-thinking skills through 3-D Art and Young Inventors workshops. Ages 5-12.
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. $90 to $129 for 4 to 5 days of before and after-school care. Transportation provided at select schools.
3900 N. Martin Luther King Ave., 424-5243, www.urbanleagueok.org
The Urban League provides daily after-school academic enrichment activities and homework assistance to students in pre-K through 6th grade.
Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Out of School Days: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuition is $50 per student per week. Transportation is provided to students within a 15-mile radius of the Urban League.
The PAL program utilizes the Capitol Hill Lions Center to provide a nutritious snack, after school activities, character building, games and tutoring for different elementary schools in the Capitol Hills School District each year. After homework time, kids can choose from a variety of games. Teachers and high school students help with tutoring.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Transportation is provided.
Students get a snack as well as homework and study assistance. During their Power Hour, kids can choose from various activities from art, science, health and fitness activities, a writing club, culture club, pen pal program, a computer lab or to their Smart Girls program, which focuses on self-esteem and social responsibility for pre-teens.
Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. $10 annual membership fee. No transportation required.
The Crooked Oak after-school program is open to Crooked Oak students and two surrounding private schools offering students tutoring and hands-on learning for all levels of learning. Kids can then choose from a rotation of activities including STEM, physical activities, photography, chess, art, cooking, musical theater, a community service group and more. New activities offered every four weeks.
Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Transportation provided for students in the district.
Route 333 is a safe place to for middle school students to be with friends, participate in a variety of daily activities, including homework help. A snack is offered daily. Monday through Thursday until 6 p.m. Call 354-2579 for pricing. Transportation provided.
Open to anyone who has access to the base, the Tinker Youth centers offers kids a variety of activities and clubs such as Power Hour, a homework incentive program, fitness and nutrition programs, fine arts, computers, cooking, gardening and more. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., cost based on income. Transportation provided to certain schools: Tinker Elementary School, Parkview Elementary, Soldier Creek Elementary, Barnes Elementary, Schwartz Elementary and Carl Albert High School. Call 734-7866 for more information.
The Oklahoma Science Olympiad is the Oklahoma affiliate of the National Science Olympiad, providing standards-based challenges to nearly 6,000 teams in 50 states. Ranging from kindergarten students to high school seniors, a Science Olympiad Team functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. Competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in on a range of topics: genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.
Building Minds offer single classes up to full 8-week class session, bringing the teacher, equipment, supplies and curriculum to the students. The program uses Legos to create a hand-on STEM learning experience.
Prices and days vary based on the program. No transportation provided.
The Metropolitan Library System offers a wide variety of after-school activities and clubs from Anima, Minecraft, Lego, juggling, art, science, gaming, books to fashion and more. To see the latest information about library events and programs, visit www.metrolibrary.org and check out their calendar of events.
Day and times vary by location. Most programs are free. No transportation provided.
Oklahoma FIRST is dedicated to inspiring young people’s interest in science and technology. Through the programs, kids team with local engineers, professors and business people to solve real-world engineering challenges. The organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for high-school students, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for 9 to 14-year-olds, and Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds.
Days and time vary by teams. Cost varies by program, grants are available. No transportation provided.
The Oklahoma Children’s Theater offers several after school productions for ages from 3 to 15. Kids can enroll for their onsite productions as well as their outreach programs, this Spring at Putnam Heights Elementary, Edgemere Elementary and Cleveland Elementary
Days and times vary. Costs range from free to $350. No transportation provided.
Arts After School offers high-quality, in-depth art classes. Twice a week during the fall and spring semesters, kids participate in arts education activities such as watercolor, origami, ceramics, dance and movement, and creative writing, among others. Currently, the program operates in sites that include Oklahoma City Public Schools, the YMCA, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Boys and Girls Club.
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