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Local organizations offer after-school program options

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YMCA bus used for the after school program YMCA bus used for the after school program
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

School starts in Quincy and several other local communities next week. Many working parents will have to find something for their kids to do between the last school bell and the dinner bell.

The YMCA offers an after-school program and it is open to kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Michelle Terwelp, the Quincy YMCA marketing director, said it's an affordable option for parents who don't have a way to care for their child after the school day is over.

She said the program is a way for kids to continue to stay active and learn after the dismissal bell rings.

"We don't want them going home and sitting, watching TV, or playing video games and stuff," Terwelp said. "We keep them very active and busy. They do STEM activities, homework help, tutoring. They get to go swimming once a week. We also, when it's nice, take them outside and let them play outside. So, they'll get that physical activity but also still learning after the school day is over."

She said the only thing parents have to worry about is picking up their child from Y after work.

"It starts right after school," Terwelp explained. "We do bus the kids here so we'll go pick them up from whatever school they're in in the Quincy school district. So, they don't need to provide transportation. We will take care of that."

Terwelp said there are full and part time options and all of their options cost less than 100 dollars a week. She added there is no limit to the number of kids they can help.

She said you can register your child in person at the Quincy YMCA or you can download the forms from their website, fill them out, and bring them there.

If you would like to sign your child up or you want more information on the Quincy YMCA's after school programs, click here.

The Kroc Center in Quincy also offers an after school program during the school year called the Kroc Academy After-School Program.

Betsy Bauer from the Kroc Center said that the ages are for kids Kindergarten through 6th grade.

The Kroc Center offers bible study, sports and other activities.

The Kroc Center gives parents flexibility by allowing them to pick individual weeks. 

For members the cost is $45.50, for non-members the cost is $65.

 It starts August 17.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

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