After School at The Sanibel Recreation Center!
With the start of school just a few short weeks away, parents begin to evaluate after school programming for their children during the 2:10-5:30 timeframe, the hours that children are released from school and parents get out of work. Effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities. Afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.
New this year, F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP will provide partial financial assistance to families whose children are attending The Sanibel Recreation Center After School Program. This opportunity, falling under the F.I.S.H. Youth Scholarship Program, is made available, in part, through partnerships with The Sanibel Recreation Center and through the generous donations from private donors, and grant funding from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation.
“Our goal is to help build economic security for families by giving children the opportunity to experience quality care during the after-school hours, when their parent is still at work. The ‘Rec’ After School Program keeps kids safe and introduce them to new friends and activities. Children are placed in age-appropriate groups and take part in a daily rotation of activities that include, but is not limited to: homework time, arts & crafts, physical fitness activities, and much more,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., F.I.S.H. Program Director.
The intention of this program is that no child is deprived of quality after school care due to financial struggles. Based on need and eligibility, scholarships will be offered to families as determined by F.I.S.H. social worker Nitza Lopez. Those wishing to participate in the program must seek financial assistance through The Sanibel Recreation Center prior to applying with F.I.S.H. Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis. The F.I.S.H. Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of a family's income and expense documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the family's financial status. Available funding is limited, and scholarships will cover only a portion of the program cost. To learn more and to see if you qualify, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., F.I.S.H. Program Director or Nitza Lopez, S.W., F.I.S.H. Case Manager at 239-472-4775