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!
If you’re doing eSchool or Virtual School and need child care or support during the year, we have a list of places offering eLearning and Virtual School Support.
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After School Programs in the Lakeland area
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. Cost is $40/week for a.m. or p.m. and $60/week for both.
*Students from other middle schools are welcome to be a part, but we do not provide transportation.
Give your child a fun and active after school experience with Family Martial Arts Center! As the students arrive to FMAC, each student receives snack and juice. Students are given free time to unwind and play with friends.
At 4:00pm the student has several options ranging from homework session to a variety of structured games played on our training floors. From 4:30-5:30 two days a week students will receive martial arts classes (days vary based on belt rank). On the days they do not have martial arts class other options will be available (games, crafts, movies, etc).
When the rotation ends at 5:30pm, the students are given free time until picked up by their parents, up to 7pm. Fridays are fun days with special treats. No classes or study time on Friday.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – FMAC is open 7am – 7pm on School Holidays and a daily rate is available to families who just need a day here and there.
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.
Our STEAM Team After-School Program is a science-based, academic enrichment program for youth in K-7th grade. It includes:
- Hands-on activities and experiments to increase knowledge in science and improve reading comprehension and math skills.
- Daily homework assistance is provided, as well as facilitated reading comprehension activities.
- Students also enjoy daily snacks, outdoor activities, and free play.
Pick up available from local schools, drop off after 3:30pm is also an option. STEAM Team runs after school to 6:00 pm.
The YMCA child care programs provide a safe and fun environment for the enrichment of your child’s mind, body, and spirit. Age appropriate activities are planned and prepared weekly to support the physical development, academic enrichment, and social enrichment of each child. Programs include:
- Homework Mentoring
- Character Development
- Arts & Crafts
- Board Games
- Dramatic & Construction Play
- Math and Science Exploration
- Music & Movement
- Sports & Physical Fitness
- Enrichment Classes
- And a Healthy Afternoon Snack
Minds in Motion after school program offers a variety of activities! 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. We promote respect and tolerance. Our instructors will make sure that your child has ample time to complete their homework as well as offer assistance and guidance. Hours are 3:00-6:30pm. Click here to see a list of school pick-up locations. Click here to see a list of school pick-up locations.
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. Our instructors take pride in making sure each child is successful. They will have a martial arts class each day that will aid in giving them the self-confidence and determination they will need to face any challenge that is thrown at them in life. Our hours are from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Two locations!