10 Best After School Programs in Nebraska

When life happens it’s a good idea to have a plan in place. Oftentimes work and school schedules don’t always coincide. Nebraska offers various after-school programs that can be both fun and educational for kids while reducing a load of worry from parents’ shoulders. Enrich your child’s educational experience by signing them up for one of the following after-school programs in Nebraska. 

Outdoor Skills After-School Program, Lincoln, NE

There’s no better way to spend after-school hours than by spending them outdoors. Children that attend the outdoor skills after-school program hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks are apt to learn wildlife identification, birding, hiking, turkey hunting, outdoor safety, fishing, geocaching, and loads more.

Afterschool Alliance, Multiple locations

The Afterschool Alliance services the entire state of Nebraska for after-school programs. The website has a multitude of statistics, such as 64 percent of Nebraska parents say the alliance helps them keep their jobs, and 56 percent say the program excites kids about learning. Visit the website and plug in your location to find a nearby program.

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Urban League of Greater Nebraska, Omaha, NE

The Urban League primarily services three Omaha schools, which include Monroe Middle School, Franklin Elementary School, and MLK Elementary School. Each school has an after-school program, complete with an on-site director and an assistant site director. The programs include different workshops that promote positive habits and behaviors.

Beyond School Bells, Multiple locations

The Beyond School Bells program services the entire state of Nebraska. The website offers information about current programs that are available as well as resources for creating an entirely new after-school program. According to its website Beyond School Bells “builds partnerships to expand and enhance Nebraska’s Expanded Learning Opportunities programs.”

School’s Out Fun Club, Omaha, NE

Offered by the YMCA, the School’s Out Fun Club is mostly for when school is closed for an early-release day, for inclement weather, or for an unplanned reason. Regardless, the YMCA is a positive place for youth to hangout during after-school hours. There’s also a plethora of other after-school programs that the YMCA offers regularly. Visit the website to peruse a full list.

4-H, Multiple locations

4-H has an agricultural lean to it, but it also teaches children valuable principles. According to its website 50,000 young people in Nebraska participate in 4-H after-school programs each year. Remember 4-H stands for head, heart, hands, and health; many people still remember the 4-H pledge years after having attended.

Civic Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Civic Nebraska services parents in both Lincoln and Omaha, providing supplemental programs after-school. There are four schools that Civic Nebraska primarily services. They are Sherman Elementary, Lothrop Elementary, Lewis and Clark Middle, and Campbell Elementary. As with every other program, Civic Nebraska works to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

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Family Service, Lincoln, NE

Rather than calling them after-school programs, Family Service instead uses the term youth-development program. The programs are based on “active learning,” which involves direct hands-on experiences. As stated on its website, Family Service offers these programs primarily to children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE

The university offers an after-school program every fall and every spring for youth ages 3.5 to 21. Youth can participate in self-directed play sessions, small group activities, or large group activities. Some examples of those are cooking, swimming, art, music, sports and games, or community outings. Time will fly by when kids attend the university’s after-school program.

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La Petite Academy, Bellevue, NE

Along a different—and yet similar—track is La Petite Academy, which is an educational daycare. They offer several different after-school clubs, depending on a child’s needs and interests. The clubs are the Challenge Club, the Grow Fit Club, the Homework Club, and the Community Club.

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