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.
PEABODY – June 4, 2015 -- For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO), in response to a May 26th decision by the Peabody School Committee, recently informed Peabody families that they will no longer be operating in the Peabody Public Schools effective beginning the 2015-2016 school year. “We are disappointed with the decision of the Peabody School Committee,” said Deborah Kneeland Keegan, FKO Executive Director. “For Kids Only Afterschool is proud of our high quality programming that encompasses the social, emotional and academic health of children during the out-of-school time hours.” For the last nine years, FKO has operated their Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed programs in six Peabody schools including the Brown, Burke, Carroll, Center, McCarthy and Welch. A district director, six full-time site directors and a host of out-of-school time educators, inclusion specialists, Peabody public school teachers and community partners currently support the program, which serves all children, including those with special needs. (more…)
Out-of-school time facility begins construction in Revere REVERE – April 24, 2015 -- For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is pleased to announce that the groundbreaking of their new Revere facility, Youth In Motion at 85 Broadway, took place on Wednesday, April 22nd. This new facility expands opportunities to meet the holistic needs of children by merging health and fitness with academic enrichment. The state of the art, 8,000 square foot building will provide 120 low-income school-age children with daily academic enrichment and key life building skills of self-esteem, teamwork, social responsibility and cooperation. Evidence shows school children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, have improved attendance and fewer behavioral problems. With reductions in opportunities for physical activity during the school day, FKO helps get children moving during the out-of-school time hours to better improve their mental, physical and overall well being. (more…)
Nonprofit to light blue lights to promote autism awareness Salem, MA – On Thursday, April 2nd, For Kids Only Afterschool will observe World Autism Awareness Day by participating in the annual ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign and lighting up the organization’s headquarters on Essex Street in Salem with blue lights. “For Kids Only Afterschool decided to light up our business front on Essex Street the color blue as part of World Autism Awareness Day and reached out to the Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s Office to encourage other Salem businesses to do the same,” said Deborah Kneeland Keegan, Executive Director of For Kids Only, a non-profit, out of school time provider that serves Salem families. “Light It Up Blue is a campaign to honor of people with autism worldwide. At FKO, we see the effects of autism first hand and know how important it is to educate people.” Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. The campaign encourages buildings and landmarks across the world to turn their lights blue on April 2nd to promote autism awareness. “Autism affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide,” said Kneeland Keegan. “FKO is proud to help raise autism awareness by participating in the ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign."