Bridging the gap between the school bell ringing and the end of your working day can be a significant challenge.
There are many excellent programmers who offer after school programming but, for lots of families, cost is a very real barrier. Read on for nine free, lower cost and subsidized After School programs in Toronto plus links to more…
The Scotiabank After School Opera Program
For children ages 7 to 12 at five locations across the city: Mondays at Montgomery’s Inn, Tuesdays at the Barbara Frum Recreation Centre, Wednesdays at Parkway Forest Community Centre and Community Hall of West Neighbourhood House and Thursdays at the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre.
Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant, and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing, and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day.
Each term of the Scotiabank After School Opera Program runs for approximately 10 weeks. Registration costs vary by location, starting as low as $11 to a maximum of $15 for the entire program.
Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs
Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs offer subsidized after school programming at The Miles & kelly Nadal Youth Centre, Dundas Junior Public School, St Paul’s Catholic School and St Mary’s Catholic School. Costs range from $30-$390 per year. Programs include outdoor play, homework help and healthy snacks.
St Alban’s Boys & Girls Club
The St Alban’s after school STARS program is for children in grades 1 to 6 and runs in the main clubhouse at 843 Palmerston as well as McMurrich P.S., Regal Road P.S. and Kensington Community School, The STARS program includes cooking, swimming, drama, arts & crafts, computer time, and indoor & outdoor sports. The cost varies between $10-15/day or $75/month.
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club
This government-funded after school club runs Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 6:30pm at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club as well as St. Helen’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s of the Angels, St. John Bosco Catholic School, Holy Rosary Catholic School , St. Sebastian Catholic School and St. Alphonsus Catholic School. The program costs between $75 and $100 per month and includes arts and crafts, sports, computer skills, theatre, dance, and much more.
Swansea Town Hall
The free Thursday afternoon homework club at Swansea Town Hall starts up on October 13th and runs throughout the school year from 4-5:30pm for kids in grades 3-8.
City of Toronto After School Recreation Care
The City of Toronto offers 44 locations for after school care for children aged 6-12 and a Community Leadership After-School Program for youth aged 10 to 15yrs at seven city recreation centres Monday to Friday. The cost is just $2.60 per day for Fall 2018 and $2.66 per day for Winter and Spring 2019.
The YMCA After Care Program operates at eight different locations throughout the city for between $14 & $23 a day. YMCA programs include a minimum of 45 minutes of daily physical activity, opportunities for leadership and skills development and homework assistance within a fun, club-like environment.
Toronto Public Library for Children aged 6-12yrs
The Toronto public library offers 95 free After School programs at 44 Toronto branches. Each branch is different and programs vary from homework help to board games, crafts, lego, STEM, poetry and more.
Toronto Public Library for teens
Toronto Public Library Youth Hubs run after school as a safe space for all youth, ages 13-19. Teens can spend their time doing homework with tutors, hanging out, playing board or video games, and participating in events, programs and workshops. Many of the activities make use of the technology that the Youth Hub owns, including laptops, digital cameras, DJ equipment, and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.
- Albion, Barbara Frum, Cedarbrae, Fairview, Maria A. Shchuka, York Woods | M-F: 3:30-7pm
- Centennial | M-Th: 3:30-7pm | Fr: 3:30-5:30pm
- Downsview | M-Th: 3:30-7pm | Fr: 3-4:30pm
- Flemingdon Park | Tu & Th: 3:30-7pm | W & F: 2:30-5:30pm
- Malvern | M-Fr: 2-7:30pm
- Sanderson | M-th: 3:30-7pm | F: 3:30-5pm
Ontario’s After School Program
The Ontario Government provides funding to help sport and recreation organizations deliver quality after school programs for children and youth in priority neighbourhoods. The programs generally run between 3-6pm and aim to help children and youth get active, develop healthy eating habits, gain confidence and do better in school, which help to decrease childhood obesity and youth violence.
You can use the Government of Ontario’s interactive map to fin subsidized, free and lower cost after school programs in your neighbourhood.