LSS After-School Program
LSS After-School Programs and Summer Programs provide a safe and supervised environment for elementary children after school hours. We offer after-school and summer childcare and education services at multiple Sioux Falls locations with affordable rates.
Our programs are open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. They are available Monday through Friday, from the time school is dismissed until 6 p.m. The program is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on some days that school is closed.
Students are picked up at the following Sioux Falls Elementary Schools:
- John Harris
- Rosa Parks
- Harvey Dunn
- Robert Frost
- Terry Redlin
Students who attend Sonia Sotomayor and Eugene Field may use the Sioux Falls School District's fee-based busing to John Harris where LSS staff will pick the children up.
The Benefits of After School Programs
It’s been shown that after school care offers numerous benefits to elementary children. Safety and structure are central to every LSS program. But other benefits include increased academic performance and better scoring on standardized tests. In particular, children’s scores in math and reading improve substantially.
After school care has been linked to an increase in school attendance and a decrease in dropout rate. During the school year, children generally demonstrate better behavior in the classroom too.
One of the additional benefits of after school care is increased physical activity. LSS programs focus on getting kids moving and encouraging healthy eating habits. Physical activity reduces childhood obesity and improves attention span in the classroom. Structured programs also reduce risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use and other criminal activities.
Finally, after school child care and after school programs have an enormous economic impact. Parents concerned about their children’s after school activities miss an average of eight days of work per year. According to Brandeis University in Massachusetts, the resulting loss of worker productivity costs businesses up to $300 billion annually.
Combining Academics with Culture and Recreation
LSS After-School and Summer Programs combine academic enrichment with cultural and recreational activities that children enjoy. They experience new things, improve their confidence, expand their creativity and grow emotionally and socially.
Children are involved in the planning and organization of daily activities. This participation helps develop leadership skills in elementary children and ensures that programming is both educational and fun. LSS believes that children learn by making choices. Children have the opportunity to select from several different activities. Some of them include:
- homework with staff support
- service learning
- volunteer activities
- math & reading enrichment
- character education
- team building exercises
- arts & crafts projects
- board & computer games
In addition to all our offerings, our Here4Youth location specializes in providing services for youth of all abilities, ages 3 to 21. With an increased staff to student ratio of 1:5, this location provides additional supervision for students. Here4Youth also offers additional sensory and enrichment activities.