Looking for after school care in Lakeland or Polk County? A program that will pick your kids up from school and keep them happy and active for the afternoon? Maybe somewhere that also provides homework help during the school year?
Check out our list of afterschool programs in the Lakeland area that can help cover the hours between school and work ending. Each of the programs on our list offer school pick up but school locations vary, call directly to confirm your school is included. We know it is tempting to do your research online, but the best way to find out if an after school program is a good fit is to call and get details over the phone, or even schedule a visit!
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After School Care Programs in Lakeland + Polk County
Lakeland Xpress Athletics is an 8,000 sq ft, air-conditioned sports facility. We offer recreational and competitive all-star cheerleading programs, cheerleading classes, tumbling classes, after school program, summer camps, holiday camps, Parent – Tot classes and more!
Lakeland Xpress is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy, and fun-filled environment where children are sure to learn, grow, and create lifetime memories. We take pride in teaching teamwork, sportsmanship, self-esteem, & confidence to children in a motivating and X-citing atmosphere. Our gym is full of experienced professionals and positive role models – with USASF certified coaches and passionate volunteers, who share a love for children and CHEERLEADING!! Check website for full description of programs and scheduled classes days/hours.
AGT Athletics creates a positive environment empowering children of all ages to explore and develop their talents. Our goal is to provide a safe education, enrichment, and youth program. Summer Camp, Before & After school care, holiday care, early release days, e-school, drop in care. We also do birthday parties and have and venue space for any event or get-together you and your family or friends may want to host!
Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home. We provide welcoming, positive environments in which children and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. Children need to have a place where they are physically and emotionally safe. In addition to providing a caring environment, we offer daily access to a broad range of programs that promote the education, health, social character, service and leadership of the youth we serve.
920 Lowry Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
10 3rd Street Southwest, Fort Meade, Florida 33841
2400 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
950 Pinewood Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
1860 East Gibbons Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
704 Avenue C, Haines City, Florida 33844
315 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
Bright Imaginations Learning Centers offers 2 convenient locations in South Lakeland, secure locations, background screened employees, highly credentialed staff, 4.5 Star Rated Preschool as defined by Polk County’s Early Learning Coalition, Performing Arts safe, stimulating environments.
6075 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33813
At Brilliant Minds Early Learning Academy, LLC, our philosophy of Early Childhood Education is to provide children with an environment that will promote their optimum development, at a time when they are in a critical period of their development, socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. After school care, and a full day elementary school also available.
Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit youth development organizations offering all-inclusive, co-educational programs. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire’s outcome-based programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education and child care.
Campus KidCare is a before / after school enrichment program provided by a partnership between Polk County Schools and local child care providers. KidCare is dedicated to providing a fun, developmentally sound, child program for elementary-aged children. The programs are housed at the elementary schools listed on the KidCare website.
Karate Beyond offers a premier martial arts experience for ALL ages. Classes for Pre-K, Elementary, Teens and Adults. Self-defense, stress-relief, physical fitness, and character development through an evolving curriculum. Our mission is to enable students to become the best versions of themselves; physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Offering classes, after school pick up from local schools, and summer camps.
For over 30 years, Choe’s Martial Arts School has been serving the city of Lakeland and the surrounding area with personal instruction in fitness and self-defense through traditional martial arts. We are one of the largest and most respected schools in the nation.
Country Lane Child Enrichment Center is an innovative year-round preschool with a performing arts program that has served the North Lakeland community since it first opened its doors in 1980. Year round. Offering half-day, full-day, and 2, 3, or 5 day programs for ages 2 – 5, as well as after school care for elementary ages.
Our mission is to bring positive enlightenment to diverse audiences through offering a variety of dance classes and community performances, to strive for excellence in dance education, and to teach students a unique style and approach to dance! Crystal’s World of dance offers dance classes, holiday camps, and after school programs.
FAM Kids Club is an After School and Summer Program for children ages 4-5th grade. We provide a safe, loving, and spirit-filled environment where kids have the opportunity to grow socially, educationally, and spiritually. During the school year, FAM Kids Club will pick up students from specific schools in Mulberry and south Lakeland. Students will fill their afternoon with art, outdoor play, snacks, reading time, homework help and small group activities.
Family Martial Arts Center offers after-school care, summer camps and night class programs for all ages. Our school strives to instill the basic life virtues of discipline, respect, integrity, and confidence. These qualities have been the foundation of the martial arts student since the beginning. The staff of Family Martial Arts Center helps reinforce each quality trait through Leading by Example.
For over 50 years, the YMCA has been the only cause-driven wellness center in our area to offer programming for the whole family that focuses on the spirit, mind and body. At the YMCA we are more than a gym…we are a FAMILY! Facilities include: a weight room, gym, fitness room, outdoor swimming pool, locker rooms, racquetball courts, a after-school care, and more.
Girls Incorporated of Lakeland offers daily after school and summer programs for girls in grades K-12 in West Polk County. We inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that equip them to overcome gender, economic, and social barriers.
650 West Main Street, Lakeland, Florida 33830
Goal Seekers/Eagles K-8 is an after-school care and before school care program based at Highland Park Church. We are licensed through ACSI and is a safe place where your kids will be cared for by the best! We offer Summer Camps as well as provide full day programs when school is out. We are also home to Small Wonders Preschool for ages 8 weeks – PreK4.
GymnasticsEtc. offers both recreational and competitive gymnastics classes , cheerleading classes, tumbling classes, birthday parties, after school program, camps, and open gyms! Open gym offered for toddlers 5 & under – check website for days/hours.
Welcome to Head of the Class Learning Center! We have served families in Lakeland for over 15 years and go above and beyond other preschools to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Our private school (K-5) offers differentiated learning to effectively challenge each student, ensures a close relationship with students and families and prepares students for their future.
Just Dance Academy of Dance & Etiquette, was established to help promote ballroom and social dancing, as well as other forms of dance and fine arts. Everything from Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, to Rumba, Cha Cha, and Swing. We provide friendly and courteous instruction through all forms of dance and fine arts for children as well as adults. Just Dance also offers and after school program.
At the Kathleen Baptist Church Child Enrichment Center and Day Camp we provide quality Christian education to children ages 2 through 5 years of age, as well as after-school care for elementary-aged children. Please contact us today!
Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy, mind and body for all. Our facility features: Wellness Center, Weight Room, Sauna, 25-Meter Outdoor Heated Pool, Swim Lessons, Covered Outdoor Basketball Court, Group Exercise Studio, Group Cycle Room, Childcare for gym visits, Softball Field, Daycare Center (Before/After School, Preschool, VPK), and more.
Lakeland Academy offers an exciting After School Dance Performing Arts Program! Available to 5 yrs old and up for both boys and girls. Provides 2 hours of daily dance, dance-related games, and homework assistance. Pick up from local schools. Visit website for full list.
Minds in Motion after school program offers a variety of activities for ages 5 – 12. Your child will enjoy daily access to technology resources, gaming stations, STEAM activities, creative learning & play, academic assistance, and much more. Our goal is to provide a facility that is clean, safe, and offers daily enrichment focused on student interest, knowledge, and skills.
NEXT Leader Development offers an alternative for Lakeland Highlands Middle School students each school day from 7-8:30am and 4-6pm. NEXT provides structured care before and after school, convenient drop-off and pick-up right down the road at Presbyterian Church in the Highlands, as well as opportunities for students to develop as leaders and earn community service. (Students from other middle schools are welcome, but we do not provide transportation to other schools)
PAL serves over 1500 children each year. PAL provides activities such as youth football, cheer-leading, baseball, basketball, track & field, wrestling and the Driven 1 fitness program. Additionally, PAL offers an after-school program, where 60 children attend and receive tutorial assistance from law enforcement officers, teachers and college interns from area colleges and universities.
1725 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Our purpose is to provide quality childcare to the surrounding community, meeting the needs of families and children from varying backgrounds and abilities. Our faith-based curriculum provides spiritual, physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth opportunities for young children. We serve children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, offer VPK, as well as a school-age program during the summer.
Wing Chun Kung Fu facility with an internationally trained and certified instructor. Training individuals in the complete Ip Man style. Offering Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kickboxing & Boxing for Fitness, Realistic Self Defense, Kids, Teen, Adult classes, Afterschool programs.
Small Wonders is a full-time, year-round program that accepts children ages 8 weeks through pre-kindergarten. Small Wonders is governed by an appointed Board of Directors and is licensed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Half day and full day options. Goal Seekers before & after school care available for 5+.
Spirit Gymnastics Sports Academy’s mission is to build and encourage true character in all ages as they learn the sport of gymnastics. Offering Recreational/Team Gymnastics, Summer Camps, After School Care, Birthday Parties, Dance Classes, All Star Cheer Team, Tumbling, and more. HUGS Special Needs classes.
Twisting Tiger Academy’s Wing Chun Kung Fu is the One True Mind-Body Workout! Our unique academy offers traditional kung fu classes that challenges the entire body by using your body’s own resistance. Offering martial arts classes, after school programs, summer camps, self defense training.
Ultimate Dance Center (UDC), bringing you the BEST in DANCE since 2016, offers a standard of excellence in dance education that is for EVERYONE, all ages, all levels. UDC offers a diverse array of dance styles under one roof. We offer opportunities with a variety of styles for ALL ages 2 – Adult and levels of experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Warrior Combat and Fitness Academy’s after school program is a safe, fun, bully-free environment. We create a safe place to belong where children are introduced to the best version of themselves. Your child will be picked up from their school and brought to our location where they will have homework time and snack time. Warrior Combat and Fitness also offers evening classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for kids and adults.
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center will be hosting its After School Program for the 2022-2023 school year. After school homework assistance and recreational activities are provided. Transportation is available from Garner Elementary, Elbert Elementary, and Brigham Academy upon request.
For over 50 years, the YMCA has been the only cause-driven wellness center in our area to offer programming for the whole family that focuses on the spirit, mind and body. Facilities include: a weight room, a gym for basketball and exercise classes, an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, racquetball courts, a craft room, childcare facility, group exercise room, gymnastics center, and more. Programs include swim lessons, sports leagues for kids and adults, childcare, after school care, group fitness classes, and much more.
2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Map of After School Care Programs in Lakeland
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