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.
In addition to programs at the library listed below, Seattle Public Libraries have wifi Hot Spot check outs, and laptop and tablet check out at 15 branches, making the library a great place for students to work on homework.
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.
Info: Nurture childhood development through our early learning programs. Whether your child is a baby, toddler or preschooler, Story Time and Begin With Books programs help kids develop reading and language skills. Events blend reading, singing, talking, playing and writing to reveal the magic of books and stories.
Info: Kids and teens in need eat for free at your Library. Free meals and snacks are available after school during the school year and all summer long at select branches.
Info: To celebrate children getting their first Library card, children age 0 – 6 will receive a free special “My First Library Card” tote bag. These bags were specifically chosen to fit picture books and still accommodate young Library patrons. Visit https://www.spl.org/using-the-library/get-started/get-started-with-a-library-card/library-card-application for more information on how to get a library card.
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: Peer tutoring, matches high school students to children for free tutoring. Currently all online/virtual. Small nonprofit started by three local high school students.
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.
Info: Summer of learning provides youth with fun and education programs that reflect the rich cultural communities of Seattle; activities to support reading for fun over the summer; early literacy engagement for families with young children (ages 0-5); access to books and reading, especially for youth experiencing barriers; learning experiences that center youth interests; and exposure to STEAM-related programming to build skills and confidence. Youth can participate by attending over free 250 programs offered in every neighborhood in the city; by completing a free activity booklet filled with puzzles, games and activities; completing a BINGO card of early learning activities; and reading.
Info: Working with the City of Seattle, we promote digital equity with our programs and services. By offering computer and internet literacy classes and access to digital devices and online resources, we make sure everyone benefits, at work and at home.
Info: We have great resources for teens, including free technology classes, after-school activities, Homework Help and games. Through the Teen Service Learning program, you can earn credit for school while you gain job skills and help your community. Our trained volunteers can help you prepare for college, too.
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.
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: 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.