Afterschool Programs

Springfield Public Schools and the Recreation Division of the DPBRM Afterschool Programs provide participants with a broad array of fun, safe, hands-on educational and recreational opportunities to support what they are learning during the school day. When students are dismissed at the end of the school day, they can report directly to the Afterschool Program where a nutritious snack and drink are provided.  Enrollment is limited and only students who have registered may attend.  There is no bus transportation for both elementary and middle school programs.

SPS and the Recreation Division Afterschool Programs are offered at the following schools:

Middle School Programs:

Van Sickle Middle Schools
Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 5:15 p.m.

Forest Park Middle School
Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 5:15 p.m.

Duggan Middle School
Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 5:15 p.m.

Elementary School Programs:

Liberty, Lincoln and Pottenger Elementary Schools

Monday through Thursday, Dismissal - 5:30 p.m.

Program Start and End Dates


Start Date

End Date

Liberty, Lincoln, Pottenger Elementary Schools

October 21, 2013

May 8, 2014

Duggan, Forest Park, Van Sickle Elementary Schools

October 21, 2013

May 8, 2014

Program Description

Our SPS and the Recreation Division's Afterschool Program provides homework help as well as project-based learning opportunities. All programs are led by certified teachers and community-based partners. Children may participate in a variety of academic enrichment experiences that reinforce the school curriculum, including:

  • Limited homework help
  • Project-based learning experiences e.g. Design-It and Rocketry – hands-on educational projects in science, English and math
  • The Arts – creative arts that build children’s communication skills, self-esteem and expression
  • Fitness – physical activities in which children expend energy, learn math, explore nutrition, and develop healthy habits and lifestyles
  • Educational games and other small-group learning experiences.

The afterschool programs assist students to build the skills, values and self confidence they need to succeed in school and their daily lives. In order to offer these afterschool programs, sites must meet  school department, state and federal reporting requirements. Throughout the year, periodical assessments are made to better meet the needs of individual children and to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Contact Information

Paula E. Thayer, Director, Afterschool Programs — 750-2479

Claire O’Brien, Educational Coordinator — 787-6452

Afterschool Program Coordinator

Bob Pasini — 750-2710

Page last updated:  Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:41 pm