For Kids Only Afterschool open in Chelsea

FKO_AF7A3305CHELSEA – Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Chelsea City Manager Thomas Ambrosino and Superintendent Mary Bourque are pleased to announce a new partnership between the City of Chelsea, Chelsea Public Schools and For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO).   FKO, a non-profit out-of-school time (OST) provider, will begin serving Chelsea Public School (CPS) elementary students during the 2016 summer.

In conjunction with this new partnership and after a highly competitive application process, FKO was recently awarded the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant which total $145,000 per year for three years beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The grant will enable FKO to provide 40 CPS English Language Learners with access to OST programming, focused on language development and literacy skill building.

“I am very excited to have FKO as part of the enrichment programs in the Chelsea Public Schools,” said City Manager Ambrosino. “FKO has a great track record in other communities, and I have no doubt that Chelsea families will benefit greatly from their services.”

FKO will operate its Summer Learning Program at the Kelly School and will begin on Monday, June 20th. The first day for the afterschool program, which will be housed at the Sokolowski School, will be on Tuesday, August 30th. Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), FKO will offer year-round out-of-school time learning and care to Chelsea Public School students from the elementary schools in grades 1-4.

“At FKO, our focus is to keep learning fun,” said Deborah Kneeland Keegan, FKO Executive Director. “With an emphasis on preventing out-of-school time learning loss, our curriculum ensures a balance of English Language Art and Math instruction through hands-on, engaging activities. For families looking for quality childcare, our year-round programs bring peace of mind.”

Over the past 32 years, FKO has collaborated with school districts to provide quality afterschool and summer programming to local children and families.  Each day at FKO, children participate in fun, hands-on enrichment classes, literacy and language development activities, physical fitness and more. During the summer months, weekly field trips to area museums, beaches and parks help students make real-world relevance to their learning. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is served daily.

Registration is open to all Chelsea Public School students. With an initial EEC license capacity of 52, priority will be given to ELL students from Chelsea’s Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program, which is housed at the Hooks and Sokolowski Schools.  FKO and CPS will monitor enrollment to determine the need for additional space and increased capacity.

FKO’s Summer Learning Program has been invited to participate in the United Way of Mass Bay’s Summer Learning Collaborative, a state-wide initiative that provides support and resources to programs in an effort to combat summer learning loss.

“We are honored to be partnering with an established and successful partner such as For Kids Only Afterschool. Our partnership will seek to prevent out of school time learning loss and provide learning experiences from around the greater Boston area,” said Superintendent Bourque. “We are fortunate, indeed, to have a dedicated partner collaborating with the schools on behalf of our students.”

Additional information on FKO’s afterschool or summer programs can be found at www.fkoafterschool.org or by contacting FKO at 978-740-KIDS.