Vancouver launches free after-school rec program

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Weekly registration for the After-School Program is now open

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, kids in Vancouver will have access to the new Vancouver Parks and Recreation After-School Program.

Aimed at kids ages six to 12, the free Monday – Friday program will happen between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at both Firstenberg and Marshall community centers. Registration for the new program is first-come, first-serve, and available weekly.

Offering hands-on learning, creative art projects, and physical exercise, the supportive environment will give kids a safe and active space to connect with their peers and positive adult role models while still following physical distancing guidelines.

Kids on the playground at Jason Lee Elementary School. (KOIN)_419647
KOIN File Photo

“Young children have been particularly impacted by the changes we have made to our daily habits and routines to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Julie Hannon, director of Vancouver Parks and Recreation. “We are excited to offer this free program that serves families and give kids a new place to learn and grow alongside their peers during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Due to the current pandemic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation has implemented COVID-19 prevention protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines, including daily health screenings and temperature checks for staff and participants, small after-school groups with dedicated staff, and rooms, and required face coverings for staff and participants. Additionally, Vancouver Parks and Recreation implemented frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and multi-use spaces during the day and nightly sanitizing of all areas.

Weekly registration for the After-School Program has already opened, and Vancouver residency is not required to be able to register. Visit the City of Vancouver site for more information and registration details.

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