School-Age Programs (SAP)

School-age care (SAP) programs are offered for children (ages 5-12 years) before and after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. The SAP programs complement, rather than duplicate, the school day. Emphasis is placed on SAP programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAP programs are also required to meet national accreditation. Currently the accrediting body is the National After School Association ( NAA ).

School-Age Program Activities:
The SAP offers a wide array of activities for children/youth to participate in. School age children are broken into three separate sub-categories: kindergarten, primary (post-kinder-8 years), and preteen (9-12 years). All are offered choices daily in activities such as art, science, dramatic arts, quiet activities/homework, computers, construction, outside/large motor skills and snack as a choice. The preteens are offered self-conatined activities such as, arts and crafts, homework/quiet activities, science, construction, computers and loud games. Each activitiy area maintains a weekly lesson plan with activities geared toward specific activities.

The SAP also offers specialty classes (i.e. stamping, scrapbook making, cheerleading etc.), sports activities, special events (i.e. ice cream socials, talent shows, guest speakers), summer camp and field trips. The SAP is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA) and local 4-H chapters. A variety of clubs are offered throughout the year using B&GCA and 4-H as a basis for programming.

Praries Teen / Preteen Center Clubs

The Teen/Preteen Center offers a wide variety of clubs for children and young adults. The Center’s Club list is as diverse as it is long, clubs include 4-H, World Diversity, Club Tech, Science Club, Drama Club, Fine Arts, SMART Girls, Healthy Habits, Chat Time and many more; for individual program details, dates and times contact the Teen/Preteen Center. Prior to joining, each child must fill out a Boys and Girls Club membership packet. This packet must be completed to receive a membership card and gain access to the facility.

Programs & Classes offered at the center:
  • 4-H
  • Science Club
  • Fine Arts
  • Imagemakers
  • Club Tech
  • Smart Girls
  • Passport to Manhood
  • Triple Play
  • Night Hoops
  • Healthy Habits
  • Lifeskills
  • Drama Club

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