For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) strives to support the needs of children and families through academic, recreational and social opportunities that enhance school day learning and build upon individual strengths and interests necessary for life long success. Our programs focus on the individual strengths and needs of each child in our care and aims to provide engaging and enriching activities for children in all areas of development: socio-emotional, cognitive, language and physical.
Salem, MA – Mrs. Briana Flannery of Salem-based For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) was recently announced as a winner of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Next Generation Award, a national competition that highlights emerging leaders in the afterschool field. Next Generation Award recipients are active professionals in the afterschool community who possess passion, creativity, and a commitment to youth, embrace professional development; and embody the NAA core competencies for afterschool and youth professionals. (more…)
SALEM – February 11, 2015 – For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Tania Buck-Ruffen to the position of Director of Family, School and Community Partnerships and Suzanne Ouellette to the position of Director of Communications. Buck-Ruffen, a Lynn resident, is a veteran to Child Care and Out-of-School Time (OST) Education having served nine years as the Senior Director of Afterschool/OST & Government Relations at the YMCA of Metro North Association. She has been intricately involved with FKO over the years as a contracted trainer, quality advisor, BOSTNET leader and licensor. A South Shore resident, Ouellette spent six years at Catholic Charities of Boston where she was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations responsible for the internal and external communication strategy of the agency's 90 programs and services. There, she worked with executive level management to strategize and implement program restructuring, crisis response, public relations and various technology initiatives. (more…)
“Put MA Kids First” Forms Amid Heightened Attention to Early Learning (Boston) -- January 30, 2015 -- A group of more than two-dozen early childhood education organizations and out-of-school programs have formed a new coalition to help shape public policy on a critical part of the state’s education system. “Early education and care is not an option – it is an essential element of a successful education system,” said Marie St. Fleur, president and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children and the former Chair of the House Education Committee. “We need to strengthen early education and out-of-school time by investing in successful, high-quality programs, as well as developing a well-qualified and fairly compensated work force.” (more…)