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Ricks Center for Gifted Children


Ricks Center

Extended Day and Camp Programming

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  after school programming

SPARK: After School
Hours: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Fee: $20 per day

Aftercare will be offered within our cohort models, including PS/PK, K-1, 2- 4, and upper school. The cohorts will be in different spaces throughout the building. 

For more information please or to register, please contact Maggie Wright.

Spark Clubs and classes

Spark Creativity, Spark Invention, Spark Engagement, Spark Passions.

Spark Clubs and classes 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 Spark offerings for Preschool and PreK, please click here.  For more information about our Spark offerings for students in Kindergarten -8th grade, please click here. 

For more information on our daily offerings or to register, please click contact Maggie Wright.