Once you decide on the type of schooling for your child, you may be looking for enrichment programs and after-school programs. There are many different types of programs to choose from; some of them are specifically for military kids.
Navy Child and Youth Programs offer before- and after-school care, day camps, teen programs, youth sports and recreational activities for youth 5 to 18 years of age. Check online at www.militarychildcare.com for further information.
School Age Care (SAC) is offered at most Navy housing locations. This is a before- and after-school program designed to meet the needs of school-aged kids (5 to 12 years old). Kids enrolled in the program are walked to the neighborhood school and picked up after school. They are able to participate in organized activities, receive homework help, join clubs and more. Services are provided at low cost, depending on rank and income.
The Youth Sports Program emphasizes participation for all players. Sports leagues, skills, clinics, fitness classes and special sporting events are planned throughout the year. Sports offered include: basketball, indoor soccer, T-ball, softball, tennis, flag football and cheerleading.
A Day Camp/Intercession Program is offered for youth between the ages of 5 and 12 and is conducted during school holidays, summer vacation and intercession periods. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events.
An Open Recreation Program is available for youth 10 to 18 (18, if still in high school) to entertain themselves with billiards, board games, movies, tournaments, arts and crafts projects, and special events. Open recreation is available at your local recreation or youth centers located in military housing.
The Teen Program is designed for middle and high school-age youth. Activities include special development programs and community involvement. The programs are offered at your local housing youth and recreation centers.
Check your local school district to find out if they offer before- and after-school programs and the eligibility criteria. Before- and after-school programs here in San Diego are sometimes called Extended Day Programs (EDP), PrimeTime or 6-to-6 programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer many types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website, www.sdyouth.org, to find the location nearest you, or call 866-SDYOUTH.
The YMCA offers many different types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website to find a location near you: www.ymca.org.