(Jackson, Wyo.) - Teton County Library’s Research Desk has compiled a quick, parent-friendly guide to expanded afterschool programs available in Teton County for the upcoming school year. This upcoming school year, Teton County families will have more choices for supervised afterschool care thanks to a coordinated effort by community organizations to help families struggling to find affordable options. The new, coordinated effort will offer an additional 89 spaces for students to enroll in afterschool programs. Click here
for the Afterschool Fall Guide or stop by the library for printed copies.
Find important enrollment dates and mark your calendar using this handy
guide. Applications open as early as Thursday, July 21, for some
afterschool clubs, such as Teton Literacy Center’s programs. Other clubs
have registration dates throughout August. For information or to add your
program to this guide, contact Isabel Zumel, Library Assistant Director,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 733-2164 ext. 101.
Partners include the Parks & Recreation Dept., Jackson Hole Children’s
Museum, Teton Literacy Center, Teton County School District, Teton Science
Schools and Teton County Library. These organizations began meeting in 2015
as a subcommittee of Systems of Education, a community effort to coordinate
the valley’s educational resources.
In the fall of 2015, the partner organizations conducted a study that
identified community needs for afterschool programming. The study showed
that parents are struggling to find affordable afterschool care and
transportation to and from afterschool programs.
Partnering organizations are responding with enrichment opportunities for
children after school. As part of that coordinated effort, the Teton
County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Department secured a $40,000 grant from
the Recreation District to fund four full-time AmeriCorps members.
AmeriCorps members will focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) literacy initiatives in afterschool programs. The
AmeriCorps members will be paired with Jackson Hole High School student
interns to provide staff to expand afterschool programs at Parks &
Recreation Kids and Colter Clubs, the Children’s Museum and Teton Literacy
Center. The AmeriCorps members will be housed at the Teton Science Schools’
Jackson Campus with support from Serve Wyoming.
Teton County School District is supporting this partnership with space for
expanded programming at Jackson and Colter Elementary Schools.
*Feature Photo: Kids at the JES LEGO Robotics Afterschool Club. h/t Scott
Eastman / Pitchengine Communities*