It's 3 p.m. - Do you know where your children are?
The average family in Fairfax County is comprised of either two working parents or a single working parent. This has created a community of latchkey children - young children and teens going home to an empty house or caring for younger siblings. For this reason, Neighborhood and Community Services has made it a priority to provide quality after-school programs so that schoolage children spend non-school hours in safe, nurturing environments so they can grow socially, Community Centers, Teen Centers, Computer Clubhouses and Computer Learning Centers Partnerships (CLCP), and Therapeutic Recreation Services, 4-H Youth Development, and sports programs.
Middle School After-School Program
Middle school after-school programs are offered at every public middle school in Fairfax County. Programs are available weekdays and begin after the regular school day ends. Late buses are provided three days a week with parent-pick up on those days that transportation is unavailable. This middle school program design provides students with a positive alternative to spending time on the streets or being home alone, an opportunity to develop skills, build character, and partake in challenging fun activities. There are four components to each program. They include:
- Academic support and enrichment
- Social skills and youth development
- Physical, health, and recreational projects
- Family and community involvement
Each middle school has an after-school specialist who coordinates these activities. Programs are free, there is no waiting list and volunteers are welcome. To find out the contact person at a specific school, please call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
Mott Community Center After-School Program for Teens
12111 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
- Mott offers FREE after-school programs for students aged 12 throuogh 18. Enjoy computer and internet access, field trips, homework help, open gym, teen forums, and youth-led activities.
- The program runs Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Monday and Wednesday participants may stay until 9 p.m., and on Friday participants may stay until 10 p.m. Limited transportation to the center is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but participants must provide their own transportation home.
- For more information or to arrange for transportation, please contact Torrey Piper at 703-278-8605, TTY 711.
Reston Teen Center After-School Program
12196 Sunset Hills Drive
Reston, VA 20191
The Reston Teen Center After-School Program provides an engaging environment to motivate and inspire learning outside of the regular school day. This program is offered to teens, grades six through twelve. Program Hours are Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Snacks are provided daily. Activities include:
- Arts and crafts
- Team building activities
- Computer lab time
- Drama and more
For more information, please call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
Computer Clubhouse After-School Program
You don't have to be computer savvy to be a member of one of our computer clubhouses. We take great delight in teaching you computer skills in an after-school environment. This is a great place for youth and young adults without computers at home to develop computer and keyboarding skills. Most computer clubhouses are open immediately after school from 3 to 8 p.m.
4-H Youth Clubs After-School Program
4-H for Head, Heart, Hands, Health...and FUN! Kids participating in 4-H programs gain valuable leadership skills, develop decision-making abilities, increase their appreciation for community service, and learn to set goals, plan projects and solve problems. 4-H provides a service-learning environment where youth learn to communicate more effectively and are motivated to make a difference, today and tomorrow.
Yorkville Community After-School Program
The Yorkville Cooperative After-School Program is designed to motivate students to achieve and sustain academic success in school by:
- Supporting FCPS Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives.
- Providing homework assistance.
- Engaging students in character building and experiential (hands-on) learning opportunities.
- Taking students on field trips for first-hand learning experiences.
If you live in the Yorkville Community, please call 703-273-1210, TTY 711 for more information.