Park City School District knows the benefits of after-school programs—such as improving social skills, providing academic support, making learning fun, building confidence, and providing safety and supervision. And that’s why after-school programs are offered to nearly 450 students at all four of its elementary schools as well as Ecker Hill Middle School.
The program is held every day that school is in session, from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. “Our goal is to provide a safe, educational and enriching environment for children while providing a quality child care option for parents,” said Kimberly Patterson, program coordinator.
Each day includes homework help, physical education and exercise, STEM and Literacy and a healthy snack. Students also get the chance to take part in monthly field trips and special enrichment programs from community partners. Some of the field trips from the past school year included the Hogle Zoo, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, The Bill White Farm, Ecker Hill and Kamas pools. EATS Park City also provides cooking classes for students.
The programs are staffed with fully qualified, trained teachers and specialists who follow national after-school standards. Parents who are interested in observing the camp prior to enrollment are encouraged to stop by during camp hours and speak with the teachers.
“Our After-School Programs are truly one of the very best opportunities we provide for our students and their families,” said Patterson. “Our program is an extension of the school days with the added benefit of hands-on enrichment and learning.”
There are still openings in the program for this school year. Parents can register any time throughout the school year, based on availability. Cost varies depending on the number of days the student attends. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The After-School program is coordinated through the district’s Community Education Department with the support of the Park City Education Foundation and a generous donation this year from the United Way.