After-School Programs

The hours between the final bell and when parents are able to pick up their children are a critical period of time. Engaging, challenging after-school programs can help solidify what students have learned during the day, and adult supervision ensures they’ll be safe until they go home each day. Two after-school programs are available on our campuses: 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Campus KidCare.

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21st Century Community Learning Center Logo21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is a competitive, federally funded grant authorized under Title IV, Part B.  Polk County Schools has three 21st Century grants operating programs at six locations for the 2018 – 2019 school year.”  These programs, called After-School Adventures, are free to students attending the regular school day at those locations, and to students at private schools in the service area of those locations.  Programs at all six locations operate during after-school hours, and have three specific purposes:

  • Provide academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, such as positive youth development activities; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; art, music, recreation programs; technology education programs; and character education programs to reinforce and complement the regular academic program
  • Offer families of students served by 21st CCLC programs opportunities related to literacy and educational development

Program Manager Jason Selfridge

  • Email – Phone: (863) 457-4707 ext. 624


Grant Documents

After-School-Adventures Grant B

Garner Elementary
Lewis-Anna Woodbury Elementary

After-School-Adventures Grant C

Wahneta Elementary

After-School-Adventures Grant D

Laurel Elementary
Palmetto Elementary
Lake Marion Creek Middle

If your student attends a private school but is zoned for one of the participating schools, please contact the program coordinator for more information.

What’s Your Mindset?

Growth mindset vs. Fixed mindset

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Problem-Based Learning

After-School Adventures uses Model Elliciting Activities published by the Florida Deparment of Education as its academic, problem-based learning curriculum.Topics/lessons are based on the new Florida English language arts and math standards, as well as the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science. In addition, After-School Adventures incorporates a variety of fun and interesting PBL lessons from NextLesson.

Please visit CPALMS for a wide array of academic resources used by Florida teachers that are easily adapatable for home use.

Advisory Council

The purpose of the advisory council is to monitor program progess, determine areas of need, and provide resources to the program. The 21st Century After-School Adventures advisory council meets at least quarterly. All parents, stakeholders and community members are invited to join the advisory council. Email Noreta Bish for more information.

Summative Evaluation

Campus KidCare

Campus KidCare is a before/after school enrichment program provided by a partnership between Polk County Public Schools and local child care providers. The program is designed to safely care for your child and to give him/her extra support between the school and home. KidCare is dedicated to providing a fun, developmentally sound program for elementary-aged children. The programs are housed at the elementary schools listed below.

Location and Contact Information

Administrative Offices
Woodlake Center
3425 New Jersey Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Service Hours

The programs are open until 6 p.m.

Morning hours are dependent upon the needs presented by the participating families.

The program provides child care on teacher work days.

Program Design

The daily schedule for KidCare includes:

  • Homework time
  • Snacks
  • Outdoor time
  • Activities such as chess club, drama, music
  • Discovery learning


Costs for care will not exceed $60 for after-school care, or $65 for before- and after-school care. Subsidized child care vouchers are accepted. A sliding scale fee is available for students eligible for free or reduced lunch.