The 10 Best After School Programs in Massachusetts!

After-schools programs provide a great way for children to stay engaged outside of the classroom. From local YMCAs to boys and girls clubs, there’s something for any child of any age at Massachusetts’ great after-school programs. Here are the 10 best! 

1. For Kids Only Afterschool, Multiple locations

For kids ages 5-12, For Kids Only Afterschool is more than just a place they go after school each day—it’s also a place where they continue to learn in a safe and engaging environment. Partnering with schools in the aforementioned communities, they provide affordable services to parents, keeping their children until 6 p.m.

2. Grace After School and Summer Program, New Bedford, MA

Run by the Grace Episcopal Church, the Grace After School and Summer Program is for children aged 5-14. The after school program keeps kids until 5:30 p.m., and exposes them to mentors, instills good homework habits, and includes music, art and more.

3. South Shore Stars, Multiple locations

South Shore Stars offers after school programs for kids in elementary schools in Weymouth, Randolph and Quincy. They allow the kids social time and homework support and supply them with a snack each afternoon. In addition, there leadership programs and constant work on social skills. Transportation is available from school to Stars.

4. YMCA of Greater Boston North Suburban After School Programs, Burlington and Woburn, MA

YMCA of Greater Boston North Suburban After School Programs are dedicated to academic success, physical and emotional fitness and character development. Kids of elementary school age take part in performing arts, sports, games and more. Parents must pick them up by 6 p.m.

5. Boston Youth Sanctuary, Dorchester, MA

Boston Youth Sanctuary is an after school program for inner-city kids aged 6-11 who have experienced some kind of trauma. They work hand-in-hand with parents or guardians to restore emotional well-being and to help set sights on a future that includes staying in school and having active, safe lives.

6. Champions at Eliot School, Boston, MA

Champions is an after school program for kids from 6-12. Art, drama, math, science and life skills are all made fun in a safe environment. Kids attend the program from school dismissal until 6 p.m.

7. Camp Fire North Shore, Salem, MA

Camp Fire North Shore has after school programs for elementary school and middle school children in Salem and Lynn. The children take part in arts & crafts, homework club, sports, games and outdoor play. Parents must pick them up by 6 p.m.

8. Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield, Springfield, MA

The Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield offers after school programs for elementary and middle school children. They take part in activities including heath and fitness, arts & crafts, homework help and more. Parents must pick up by 6 p.m. 

9. Latchkey Enrichment Program, Lawrence & Methuen, MA

Latchkey Enrichment Program offers after school programs for kids through age 12 in Lawrence and Methuen. They take part in enrichment activities, work on homework and learn how to engage appropriately in social situations. Pickup is at 6 p.m.

10. Hoops and Homework, Framingham, MA

Hoops and Homework is an after school program for elementary school aged children. Kids work on homework assignments, play games and take part in the arts—from drama to drawing. Rules and respect are a big part of the program, too. 

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