School Age Programs
Open to children enrolled in kindergarten through grade 6, the Guild of St. Agnes School Age Programs are designed to meet the full range of each child's developmental, social and emotional needs. Homework assistance, enrichment and recreational activities along with health and life skills training make up our daily activities. We know that the time between the end of the school day and the evening dinner time, as well as the day times during vacations and the summers, are significant periods for children. It is important that children feel safe, nurtured and learn to use these times in positive ways through recreation, creative activities, and reviewing their shool work, the goals and the foundation of our program.
Tthe Guild of St. Agnes offers school age programs in Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner and in Worcester where we operate after shool programs in five of the public schools - Quinsigamond, Tatnuck Magnet, Union Hill, Woodland Academy, and Worcester Arts Magnet - and at our Child Care Centers located at 129 Granite Street, 353 Grove Street, and 484 Burncoat Street. We transport children from several of the other Worcester public schools to one of these sites for after school services. We are pleased with this partnership with all of the school systems as it is beneficial to all involved - the children, their families, the teachers, and the communities. During the school year when school is in session all programs operate from the close of the school day until 5:30pm; on school vacations and during the summers we are open from 7:00am to 5:30pm.
Summer programs are located at our centers in Devens, Fitchburg, and Gardner and in Worcester at our Granite, Grove, and Burncoat Street sites as well as at Quinsigamond ElementarySchool. These programs operate from 7:00am to 5:30pm. Children participate in two field trips each week, going to state parks, museums, and other fun and cultural activities throughout the summer.
This summer, of special note in Worcester, we are adding a new offering, the Tenacity program. Along with tennis lessons and structured reading sessions, Tenacity is designed to teach children a recreational skill while also keeping their minds active along with their bodies. We are piloting this program with our older children, generally those in the fourth through sixth grades. Additionally, for the past three summers and continuing this year at several of our Worcester sites, teachers of the children who will be entering the first through the fourth grades will participated in a training program aimed at preventing summer learning loss. Operated by the Center for Childcare Careers at Family Services and supported by a grant from the United Way of Central MA, teachers receive literacy materials and curricula, professional development training and coaching. Results have been most successful, documenting enhanced reading skills and prevention of summer learning loss in the children.
For more information on any of these programs, please contact the center listed on the "Location" page, or for Worcester, the school age manager, Nicole at 508-756-8371, ext 14