By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator
As parents, caregivers and students across the Brazos Valley gear up to start a new school year, they should also consider enrolling in the City of College Station’s after-school programs.
High-quality after-school programs help keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and serve as a source of support and comfort to working families.
According to the Afterschool Alliance, the number of kids unsupervised after 3 p.m. has declined, but 20 percent still don’t have someone to care for them after school. In many cases, cost and a lack of transportation keep families from enrolling in a program.
Two affordable programs offered through the College Station Parks and Recreation Department provide constructive activities and responsible supervision by well-trained staff. Both programs are open to residents and non-residents and provide transportation:
LINCOLN RECREATION CENTER
Ages: 6-18 years
Program: Mon.-Thu., 3-6:30 p.m. & Fri., 3-6 p.m. (Aug. 24-Dec. 14)
All-Day Program: Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Early Release Day: Nov. 11, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Closed: Nov. 25-27
School Year Membership: Resident — $30; Non-Resident — $60
Low-Income School Year Membership: Resident — $20; Non-Resident — $40
Transportation: Provided from South Knoll, College Hills, Rock Prairie, Southwood Valley and Oakwood Intermediate., responsible supervision
SOUTHWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
Ages: 6th-8th Graders
Program: Mon.-Fri.: 3:45-6 p.m. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18)
Friday Night Teen Scene: Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20 — 6-9 p.m.
Closed: Nov. 25-27
Annual Membership: Resident — $30, Non-Resident — $60
Semester Bus Fee: $75
Transportation: Bus from AMCMS, Cypress Grove and Oakwood
For more information on our after-school programs, visit cstx.gov/youth or call 979.764.3486.
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