Haven Where Children Grow, Enjoy and Learn
children can be children
The A.C.T. afterschool program is a haven
where children can wind down after a school day
and rev-up for challenges, friends and growth
once grounded. Each day is different yet the same.
After a warm greeting from staff, children settle
in and relax with friends in classrooms offering
a choice options. Students design classroom space
making it a comfortable home like room that includes
music, computers, art project tables, boards game
area and rest areas. They choose to begin homework
right away or wait to go to the homework room.
Sandwiched between their first moments at A.C.T.
and the late afternoon departure, students participate
in a host of seasonal offerings that include:
Gym games and challenges, Sports and recreation,
Art projects and murals, Outdoor time in our playground,
Baking and cooking chemistry, Homework help, Themes
parties and events, Talent shows and plays, Board
games and ping pong, Computer gaming, Gardening
and animal care and clubs activities. The
exciting variety of themes, activities and events
are a means to an end. The fun and learning happens
along the way!
K - 4 Students We pride ourselves on creating a diverse community
for neighborhood children. We serve children in
private, public, and religious schools and those
who are home-schooled, be they single sex, bi-racial/ethnic,
and dual and single parent families. What better
way to teach children tolerance, acceptance, and
unity than in an environment that opens its doors
Peace makers: Staff
guide students to resolve conflicts with peers
by helping them consider their neighborÿýs
perspective and alternative solutions. Our goal
is winÿýwin strategies. Positive reinforcement,
encouragement and caring are essential ingredients
for successful outcomes. Our peacemaking strategies
become life long tools for students. Parents often
note improvement in studentsÿý social
skills and emotional growth in just a year.
Your neighbor: Walking
in someoneÿýs shoes helps create empathy
and compassion. Our mirroring techniques produce
important insights that lead to effective analysis
and cooperation among students. Caring for your
neighbor is practiced in many ways: serving snack,
fulfilling clean up duties, consoling a sad friend,
high-fiving at the end of a game, giving up being
first, and complementing a job well done.
Respect: We believe
ÿýYou give what you get.ÿý
So it is no surprise when staffers take time to
refocus students in a kind, supportive manner
free of humiliation. Students learn to respect
each otherÿýs space and the world
around them. Dignity and care extends to classrooms,
hallways and our beautiful campus. Bulletin boards
communicate thoughtful projects and outcomes.
Gardens become a science lab and living creatures
in classrooms become every studentsÿý
responsibility. The aim is to respect all creatures
and preserve our precious environment.
Projects : Children
work on and discuss community outreach projects.
Tasks have included making a poster for children
in the St. Lukeÿýs Hospital cancer
ward, crafting congratulation cards and a banner
for new mothers living in shelters, decorating
the A.C.T. gym for the Cathedral soup kitchen,
and baking cookies for a menÿýs shelter.
A HOST OF ACTIVITIES
and clubs We aim to provide balance through activities
and caring environment. First children are greeted
warmly by their counselor and given a choice of
activities such as reading, homework, ÿýlegoÿý
construction or playing with friends. Through
group meeting time and discussions, children plan
many of their activities. They shape aspects of
the program from the design of the room, creation
of rules and planning of activities. We understand
that older and younger children have different
needs. Second , third and fourth graders are more
independent. We offer clubs in the second half
of the day which can include homework help, performing
arts, fine arts, crafts, sports and games.
and Animal care
We aim to provide balance through activities and
caring environment. First children are greeted warmly
by their counselor and given a choice of activities
such as reading, homework, ÿýlegoÿý
construction or playing with friends. Through group
meeting time and discussions, children plan many
of their activities. They shape aspects of the program
from the design of the room, creation of rules and
planning of activities. We understand that older
and younger children have different needs. Second
, third and fourth graders are more independent.
We offer clubs in the second half of the day which
can include homework help, performing arts, fine
arts, crafts, sports and games
Evaluation Parents, children and staff have an
opportunity to evaluate every program at the end
of each year. This feedback helps us examine the
quality of offerings and how to make them even
better. A student progress report is prepared
annually to help parents appreciate the social
and emotional skills children display in a group
setting. Staff strives to communicate each childÿýs
successes and challenges as they work cooperatively
towards common goals.
Homework Help Children
can go to Homework Help classroom where a homework
helper monitors childrenÿýs activities
so they begin and complete assignments promptly
and remain focused on tasks. Our staff with student
volunteers from local high schools provide individual
attention. Parents are encouraged to communicate
their childÿýs individual needs to
the homework helper. We aim to help children with
their work and help parents and children to have
more free time together when they arrive at home.
Others who share time and
talent We are fortunate to work with community
based programs and neighboring businesses. Students
at Beacon high school , St Jean the Baptist, Fieldston
and Hunter high schools often complete their community
service requirements at A.C.T., where they teach
youngsters hobbies and help with homework. Artists
pursuing degrees at Teachers College lead special
projects at A.C.T. We also collaborate with staff
from Cathedral Community Cares, the Cathedralÿýs
Public Education department, and its artist-in-residence
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Independence Day and Labor Day
See the calendar for all closures.
When can you send your
child to the After-School center?
Once your child is enrolled, he/she may attend
ACT at any of its sites from 3 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
whenever public/private schools are in session.
What happens when your
child's school closes before 3 p.m.?
We realize that public, private and parochial
school schedules vary. That's why ACT may offer
supervision as early as noon, provided at least
ten students enroll five school days prior to
the early dismissal day. Parents must pay one
week in advance of the early dismissal date. Children
not registered in advance cannot be escorted to
Remember, parents must
pay one week in advance of the date of early dismissal.
Children not registered in advance cannot be escorted
can students get to the Afterschool Program Centers?
Pick up is available at some neighboring public
and private school; other children are dropped
off by DOE buses near the Cathedral entrance.
For details, call 212.316.7530
When does pick up service
begin and end?
Our escorting service begins two weeks after public
schools open. Students from Cathedral School are
picked up in their respective school building
on the first day of school. Check our
calendar for exact dates.
What happens when school
No problem. Children may be enrolled in A.C.T.'s
Holiday Camp for
an additional fee, or be brought to A.C.T. at
3 p.m. If the A.C.T. center is off the Cathedral
grounds, this option is contingent on classrooms
being available for A.C.T. staff. Parents must
notify the A.C.T. Office in advance.
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM INFORMATION