Time was, kids hung out at home after school. But that’s not always possible in households with two working parents.
A handful of Rogue Valley organizations provide care to fill the gap between the end of the school day and mom’s or dad’s arrival at home.
Most provide a snack and homework help as well as activities from swimming and computer lab time to sports games or kid-friendly movies. Some also provide care on school in-service days and during scheduled vacations such as spring break.
Ashland YMCA: The Ashland YMCA provides after-school care at Walker and Bellview elementary schools and pick-up service for first- through six-graders at Hellman, Willow Wind, John Muir and Ashland Middle School. The program includes snack, homework help, computer lab and sports activities. Costs, in addition to a $30 registration fee, are $175 (Mondays through Fridays) for members and $190 for non-members. The fee varies some months due to school calendar and vacation times. Details: 482-9622 or www.ashlandymca.org.
America’s Best Kids: The Medford sports center offers “ABK Afterschool Adventure,” including homework time, swimming, open gym and computer lab access. After-school pick-up is provided from Abraham Lincoln, Hoover, Howard, Grace Christian, Lone Pine, Sacred Heart and Wilson elementary schools. Kennedy Elementary offers a school-provided service to deliver kids to ABK. Cost, in addition to a $30 registration fee, ranges from $105 per month for two days per week to $210 monthly for all five days. Details: 245-0432 or www.abkkids.com.
Kids Unlimited: The Medford organization has provided an after-school program in Medford schools and at its building at 821 N. Riverside Ave. in previous years but had not announced a new schedule as of August. Contact the organization at 774-3900 or www.kidsunlimitedoforegon.org.
Rogue Valley YMCA: The Rogue Valley Family YMCA provides on-site care at 11 elementary schools — Abraham Lincoln, Griffin Creek, Hoover (including Roosevelt students), Howard, Jackson (at West Side School), Jacksonville, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lone Pine and Wilson. Care is provided until 6 p.m. Tuition, in addition to a $50 registration fee, ranges from $75 for two days per week to $170 for five days. Snack and homework help are provided in addition to computer lab time and sports activities. Details: 772-6295 or www.rvymca.org.
Boys & Girls Club: The White City Boys and Girls Club (3275 Avenue G) provides after-school care for any student in Jackson County in a 4,500-square-foot facility with an arts and crafts room, tech room, leadership room, teen room and game room. After-school care is provided daily until 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for the school year. Details: 830-7623 or http://www.bgcrv.com.
Boys & Girls Club: Students at Talent Elementary school use the Talent Boys and Girls Club. The organization also runs a “club” at Phoenix Elementary for Phoenix students and those from Orchard Hill Elementary in Medford. Snack and homework help are provided and activities include a computer lab, movies, playground and other enrichment activities. The fee is $30 for the school year in Talent. In Phoenix, the cost is a $30 membership fee and $50 per month per child or $75 per month per family. Details: 535-8660 or http://www.bgcrv.com.
City parks department: The Central Point Parks and Recreation Department offers a Discovery After School Club for students of Central Point, Jewett and Mae Richardson elementary schools. The program, held at the schools, is available from the last school bell until 5:30 p.m. each school day. Tuition, in addition to a $50 registration fee, is $125 for first through fifth-graders, $80 for part-time kindergartners and $160 for full-time kindergartners. Details, 664-3321, Ext. 263 or 261.