After School Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
After School Programs
This school year will be challenging as parents seek quality and continuous childcare to ensure they have coverage 5 days a week with varying and changing school schedules. In response, BGC Mercer will provide options in a safe, structured, and caring environment for parents to address their child’s learning, social, and enrichment needs and their family situation.
In all programs, Club staff will utilize the Club’s learning management system, Schoology, to access online learning and partner programming to enhance in-classroom experience. Last year, the Club partnered with organizations such as Art Works, Mad Science, 4H & Trenton Circus Squad. After school, students will also have access to Schoology 24/7 for learning opportunities at any time.
For health & safety, parent drop off and pick up will occur curbside. Parents wishing to speak with Club staff can do so via phone, email, or set up an appointment after program hours.
We have several in-person options at our Centre and Spruce Street Clubhouses:
• full day, 5 days per week for students doing virtual school from our classrooms
• blended (full day & ½ day) per week &
• traditional (3pm-5:30pm), 5 days per week
We also have an at-home Virtual ASP program with 3 hours of curriculum designed for students at grade levels k-8. More info & registration at https://bit.ly/VirtualASP_BGCM
Full Day ASP 5 days per week (For districts that are100% virtual learning or classrooms close due to infection)
The full day program will start at 7:45 am and run through 5:30 pm. We will serve lunch* for youth in the full day program and afternoon snacks to all.
For students attending the full day program, Club Staff will support students accessing their school’s virtual learning activities while at the Club. Each student will have a personalized workspace that includes a computer and school supplies. Afternoon activities include homework assistance, Lexia Literacy/Language Arts, STEM, Art, cooking, character development, and various enrichment activities. Full Day Programs will end by 5:30 pm for parent pick-up.
Blended ASP will full days & ½ days per week. (For districts on an every other day in school schedule with virtual learning when not in school) Activities would be just like the Full Day ASP schedule.
Traditional ASP (afternoons only, after the school day)
Afternoon students would be picked up from school and transported to the Boys & Girls Club per transportation options available from and to specific locations. See ASP details. Per health and safety protocols, students will maintain physical distancing during busing, and cleaning crews will sanitize buses between trips. We will serve lunch* for youth in the half day program and afternoon snacks to all. After School Programs will end by 5:30 pm for parent pick-up.
*Parents will need to qualify for the NJ Free or reduced lunch program. If not, parents need to pack a meal or purchase one from our Cafe
School-Based Sites: TBD for Ewing and Lawrence locations. There are no ASP programs at Trenton school district locations this coming school year. Therefore, please reserve your spot now by using the registration form for our other sites.
Spruce Street Clubhouse
Christina Jones – email@example.com
(609) 695-6060 ext 220
Centre Street Clubhouse
609-392-3191 ext. 110
Parents on BGC After School Program
"My son loves the After School Program (ASP) and is excited to be part of it. He loves the program so much that he always tells me that I come too early to pick him up. The best part of the program is the staff that makes sure they have a personal connection with parents and children. They are aware of where the children are at all times. The STEM program has helped keep my son sharp in math and the science areas. This is the best investment that I have made thus far for my son."
- Tangela W, After School Program Parent
"Our daughter loves it so much that she never wants to go home. She wishes it was an overnight program."
- Olga Carillo-Martinez
"After searching high and low for a program that fits our needs, we decided on the ASP at Boys & Girls Club. My son started in September and absolutely loves it! The staff is great, the building is in impeccable condition and the list of programs and classes they do with them throughout the school year is amazing. Looking forward to the upcoming programs and what it entails for our youth."
- Dana H., After School Program Parent
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