After school programs

Our philosophy for the after school programs is that the children have been at school all day and now need a chance to unwind, relax and have FUN!  They have a snack, play organized games, go outside, do arts and crafts, play board games, build with manipulatives, read stories and listen to music.  Although the teacher plans specific activities and games, each is offered in a somewhat unstructured environment and the children are able to choose what they do. Homework can also be worked on with the help of our staff during free play time before children go home.

The children will be divided into two after school classrooms. During the school year, the younger classroom has a maximum of 14 children who attend kindergarten and first grade in public and private schools. A 1:14 ratio is maintained at all times. The older after school classroom is for 2nd through 5th graders. A maximum 1:16 ratio is maintained in this classroom. Transportation is provided from several public schools as well as Corpus Christi Catholic School. Each year we will reassess the needs of our current families to see which schools our bus routes can include. We will re-enroll children in the after school and summer camp programs each year. Priority is given to those children currently enrolled who have been at Stepping Stones the longest.

Full day care is offered for children in our after school programs on days when the public schools are closed. A sign-up sheet will be posted in advance for this extra care so that we know how many children will be present and are sure to have enough staff. You will be charged an additional fee per day for this time. The older and younger after school classrooms may be combined on these days if there are fewer than 14 children present. Two snacks are provided by the center on these days and the children must bring their own sack lunches (we will provide beverages).  Fun-filled field trips will take place throughout spring break as well as a few other days when school is not in session.

Download the Parent Handbook for additional detailed information about all the classrooms at Stepping Stones.


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Please feel free to contact us with questions about our programs or arrange a tour of the center. 785.843.5919
1100 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66049


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