Before and After School Programs for Kids
Family Law CASA does not endorse any organization listed; the information is simply provided to assist those seeking resources. Suggestions for additional resources to be listed are welcome. Priority is given to service providers offering free and/or sliding scale fees for lower income families.
Cost: Scholarship funds are available – contact local Club to see eligibility. Sliding scale and scholarships depend on income and DSHS status. Regular fees are $50 annual membership fee + additional fees for participation in specific programs. Multiple Programs: Before and after school programs which include healthy snacks, fun projects, opportunities to learn new things, hang out with friends, homework time, etc. for children in kindergarten through the 5th grade. Also have a preschool/pre-k programs as well as teen programs that focus on graduation and career development.
Multiple programs and locations including: Auburn, Bellevue, Central, South, and West Seattle, Coal Creek, Nothshore, SeaTac, Shoreline, Snoqualmie and the University area. Click here for more information! The YMCA has programs for Infants/Toddlers, Preschool & Pre-K, and before and after school programs for chidren between 5-12.
Cost: Available to anyone based on family income, number of household members, and the availability of the YMCA funds. First come, first served basis. Receive same benefits as members who are not on scholarship. Ask for a confidential scholarship application at the Member Services desk at any branch
Multiple Locations and programs: http://www.ywcaworks.org/locations
Early Learning Center and Head Start Program: http://www.ywcaworks.org/programs/earlylearningcenter
Cost: Some free programs based on eligibility requirements; costs vary depending on program.
Additional information: The YWCA offers an early learning and a head start center that provides fulltime child care for children between 1-5 years old. They also have the “YWCA Girl’s First” program which encourages leadership, instills confidence, develops skills, and provides opportunities to girls of color, and also provies free one-on-one homework help for young girls of color in 4th-12th grade every Friday from 4-7 at GirlsFirst (708 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). In addition to youth programs, the YWCA helps families and individuals overcome poverty, homelessness, violence/discrimination, and provides numerous services including: emergency shelter, affordable housing, economic empowerment, domestic violence support, and health care access. The YWCA also offers a Children’s Domestic Violence Program.
Email: contact form on website
Additional Information: Free homework help and tutoring at various Seattle Public Library locations (Spanish homework help at Beacon Hill only). Times and services vary by location, so check the calendar. For more information on free tutoring at libraries through King County (including in languages other than English), see the Study Zone calendar.
Additional Information: The Salvation Army provides a free center for kids in 1st through 8th grade to do homework after school (students and parents don’t have to be members to use this service). It is only open September through June, when public school is in session.
Additional Information: This free class for 15-19-year-olds is a high school alternative to graduate or earn a GED, teaching math, language arts, social students, and personal development (other classes may be offered based on need for an individual to satisfy high school requirements). For more information and to register, go to their main office on Delridge Way SW between 9am and 5pm.
Child Care Resources
Phone: 206-329-5544 or 1-800-446-1114
Family services: http://www.childcare.org/family-services/
Online database of local providers: http://www.childcarenet.org/families/family-resources-1/your-child-care-search
Additional information: Helps family pay for child care through either Working Connections Child Care or Seasonal Child Care. Eligibility: DSHS approved work activity, child meets citizenship requirements, eligible seasonally employed agricultural families who are not receiving TANF benefits. Income requirements: Sliding scale depending on income and number of people in family.
Additional information: Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Head Start provides education, health and nutrition screening and assistance, parenting involvement and family support for children ages 3-4 years’ old. Eligibility applies when space is available if they are: in foster care or involved with child welfare system, homeless, or have TANF cash grant. Free based on eligibility requirements.