CARES After School Program

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What is the CARES Program?
The Children’s Academic and Recreation Enrichment Success (CARES) program is a cooperative after-school class developed by the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster School District. The program is held at eleven area elementary schools, and offers an extensive menu of enrichment activities which promote academic, physical and social development.

How is CARES managed?
The school district is responsible for enrollment, budgeting and invoicing for services. It provides a credentialed teacher at each school site who creates lesson plans for the academic portion of the program. The District also trains City recreation leaders in teacher assistant skills so that they can administer homework assistance and academic activities for the children. Through its contract with the Lancaster School District, the City provides part-time recreation leaders and a full-time recreation coordinator for the recreation component at each program site. CARES is a very structured program that includes; attendance and snack, homework help, academic enrichment, arts and crafts and recreational activities.

Where is CARES located?
CARES program are available at the following schools:

  • Desert View Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • El Dorado Elementary School
  • Jack Northrop Elementary School
  • Joshua Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Linda Verde Elementary School
  • Mariposa Elementary School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School
  • Sierra Elementary School
  • Sunnydale Elementary School

How much does CARES cost?
CARES is a free after-school program.

How do I enroll in CARES?                                                                                           
Program may be full, check with individual programs to verify.
Pick up an application from the school office where the child is enrolled. Complete the application and leave it with the office clerk.

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