After School Program
Family & Children’s Agency seeks to improve the lives of Norwalk’s middle school youth by enabling their successful transition into high school and increasing their ability to be productive, independent young adults. This is accomplished by providing a safe and structured community-based After School Program for students to improve academic performance, develop character, and promote healthy peer interactions and lifestyles.
The program meets weekdays from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Students are expected to attend all five days per week throughout the school year. The program operates on the school calendar and does not offer programs during holidays and vacations. A small summer program is offered for a select group of students.
The program is in partnership with Norwalk Community College and located on their campus. Students are transported by vans from their respective middle school to the NCC campus each day.
Students have snack and social time upon arrival followed by a minimum period of 45 minutes of academic work. This includes homework assistance and independent learning. Staff and volunteer tutors are available for assistance with academics. The second half of the program day consists of character development and enrichment activities (culinary classes, various arts classes, recreation, knitting, juggling, acting/improvisation, animal science, etc.).
On Fridays the program is divided by gender for leadership and life skills programming. The gender based groups – Girls’ Challenge and Boys’ Council – have guided discussions, guest speakers, peer/team building activities, community service projects, field trips, and more.
Girls’ Challenge is a component of the Agency’s After School Program. It helps girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade explore issues and topics relevant to their lives, such as self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, self-care, and stress management. They also work on team building, cooperation, and communication to build leadership skills. The senior group of seventh- and eighth-grade girls hones these leadership skills through community service projects, a youth advisory council, and exploration of personal interests and life goals.
We would like to acknowledge the long-standing commitment of the Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls which generously supports the Girls’ Challenge program.
Our standard monthly fee for families is $75.00. Families with students on reduced lunch pay $50.00/month and those with students on free lunch pay $25.00/month.
Students and their families interested in applying must be willing participants and contract to actively engage with our services. Before being accepted into the program, students and their families must come in for an intake visit with our program coordinator. We have high expectations of our students and assess to make sure students and their families are invested in achieving to their highest potential.
For Further Information
For further information on the After School Program or to schedule an intake appointment, contact Dhani Spinola, Program Coordinator at (203) 855-8765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.