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Summer literacy program blends into fun summer camp experience for Winthrop children   Why summer learning? It’s simple. Kids need it! With all the talk about academic achievement and student success, For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) wants to add out-of-school time learning to the conversation. Youth today face the reality of the “summer slide” each school break. Research shows youth lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math and reading skills over summer. (more…)

For Kids Only Afterschool open in Chelsea

CHELSEA – 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. (more…)

FKO AfterSchool opens with ribbon-cutting at Youth In Motion

Friday, April 29, 2016 - Advocate News - For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) recently held the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of their new facility, Youth In Motion on Broadway, providing a safe space for area children to work, play and unwind. Excitement was in the air for the event. Deborah Kneeland Keegan, FKO’s executive director, said her staff told they felt like it was Christmas morning. (more…)

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YOUTH IN MOTION HOLDS GRAND OPENING

Revere Journal, April 27, 2016 - Exactly one year after breaking ground in the construction of an 8,000 square- foot facility, the For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) program celebrated the grand opening of its Youth in Motion project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 22. This state-of- the-art building is a nurturing space for children to develop healthy lifestyles, confidence, and team working skills. “We want the best for our children,” said Deborah Kneeland Keegan, executive director. “Children need time and space to unwind, move, learn strategies on self-regulation, and connect with others.” The $2.8 million development will provide year-round, safe and affordable after school care for up to 140 school-age children. At Youth in Motion, children will be instructed through daily enrichment classes, wellness activities, and individual or group discussions. (more…)

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FOR KIDS ONLY AFTERSCHOOL GRAND OPENING OF YOUTH IN MOTION

Revere out-of-school time facility hosts grand opening REVERE – April 22, 2015 –James Peyser, Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Thomas Weber, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Theresa Jordan, Program Manager, Children’s Investment Fund, an affiliate of Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), today joined Deborah Kneeland Keegan, Founder and Executive Director of For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO), Brian Arrigo, Mayor of Revere, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Senator Elect Joseph Boncore, State Representatives RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) and members of the local community Friday afternoon to celebrate a $2.8 million development of Youth In Motion in Revere. (more…)

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Out-of-school time program creates 21st Century Skills

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PEABODY – JANUARY 25, 2016 – Late afternoons are filled with engineering, yoga, cooking and science for students at the William A. Welch School in Peabody. Over 70 children at the Welch School continue to benefit from the For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) enrichment program funded by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The program supports additional learning time for students during afterschool and summer hours to provide creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that help to address college and workforce readiness and success. Through a joint collaboration with Peabody Public School (PPS) in the fall of 2014, FKO submitted the three-year 21st Century grant proposal and was one of 43 organizations/public school districts across the state of Massachusetts to be funded. FKO also implements the federally funded program at five sites through a similar collaboration with Everett Public Schools and one site in partnership with Salem Public Schools. (more…)

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Bates Elementary School Named 21ST Century Community Learning Center

      FKO News

By Allison Traxler, Education Now – Fall 2015 In partnership with For Kids Only Afterschool, out-of-school time programming has expanded at the Bates School. Through a competitive grant process, Salem Public Schools and For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) have been accepted as a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) for the next three years at the Bates School in Salem, MA. Awarded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the purpose of this federally-funded grant is to provide struggling students with additional learning time during afterschool and summer hours. (more…)

FOR KIDS ONLY AFTERSCHOOL RECOGNIZED BY LENNY ZAKIM FUND

      FKO News

SALEM – November 20, 2015 – For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) was recently recognized as a grant recipient agency during the Lenny Zakim Fund’s 20th anniversary celebration on Thursday, November 12th at The Revere Hotel’s Space 57 in Boston. The celebratory event featured an exclusive musical performance by renowned Grammy award winning artist Sting. For Kids Only Afterschool’s Executive Director Deborah Kneeland Keegan was one of 20 nonprofit agencies invited to the stage during the event to be recognized by the audience. FKO also participated in the Lenny Zakim Fund’s 20th Anniversary Video. “FKO is so grateful to the Lenny Zakim Fund for their support of our program,” said Keegan. “They were one of the first funders of FKO when we were a much smaller program. Lenny Zakim saw the potential in FKO and we will always be thankful that they supported our growth.” (more…)

FOR KIDS ONLY AFTERSCHOOL DIRECTOR NAMED TO NASM FELLOWSHIP

      FKO News

SALEM – August 28, 2015 -- For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is pleased to announce that their Development Director Briana Flannery has been named a National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellow FKO’s Briana Flannery was recently selected as a National Afterschool Matters Fellow for the fellowship beginning September 2015. Applicants to the fellowship represent some of the most experienced and diversely talented professionals in the out-of-school time (OST) field. The NASM fellowship is a two-year professional development and leadership training program unique in its national reach and incorporation of technology for ongoing collaboration. The program engages OST professionals in a process of leadership development where they learn to reflect on, study, improve, and assess their work with a view toward improving its quality and impact. (more…)

FOR KIDS ONLY AFTERSCHOOL NAMED 21st CENTURY SITE FOR 8th YEAR

      FKO News

EVERETT – August 5, 2015 – Through a competitive grant process, For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) has been accepted as a 21st Century Learning Centers (21st CCLC) host site for the eighth consecutive year in four locations including the Lafayette, Madeline English, Parlin and Whittier Schools in Everett, MA. The purpose of this federally-funded grant is to support additional learning time for students during afterschool and summer hours to provide creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that will help to address college and workforce readiness and success. Everett Public School and FKO have partnered for over seven years to form an award winning and high quality out-of-school time program that is inclusive of all Everett children. Through support from Everett Public School administration including teachers, principals, and superintendents, the application process was a joint collaboration for which the program was recognized with highest honors. (more…)