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Extended Day and Camp Programming

Ricks Center is a place for children who have strong convictions, who are more intense, more curious and more innovative than their peers. Ricks Center is a place for children who are deeply sensitive, funny, intelligent, passionate and more. 

Why are before and after school programs so important?

Did you know...effective before and after school programs bring a wide range of benefits to children, families and communities. For example, before and afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.

  • Attending before or after school programs can improve students' academic performance
  • Effective before and after school programs can improve classroom behavior and school attendance and academic aspirations.
  • Before and after school programs can play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in before and after school programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity.
  • Working families and businesses also derive benefits from after school programs that ensure that youth have a safe place to go while parents are at work. Parents concerned about their children's after school care miss an average of eight days of work per year, and this decreased worker productivity costs businesses up to $300 billion annually (Brandeis University, Community, Families and Work Program, 2004 and Catalyst & Brandeis University, 2006).

spark at Ricks

Spark Clubs: Before and After School Programs

Introducing our new Spark Clubs – Spark Creativity, Spark Invention, Spark Engagement, Spark Passions.

Spark Clubs will encompass all grades with Spark Jr. for our Preschool – Kindergarten students, Spark Intermediate for our 1st – 4th graders, and Spark Advanced for our 5th – 8th graders. All clubs will be taught by Ricks staff or student workers.

For more information on our daily offerings or to register, please click here.

School's out - camp programming

Not sure what to do when your kids are out of school?  Join your friends at Ricks for our Ricks @ DU camps!

Camps will be held on following dates: (Dates correspond to the Ricks Center and DPS school schedules.

 For more information, please contact Maggie Wright

 *You do not need to be a Ricks Center student to attend Ricks @ DU camps.