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.
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."
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…)