For Kids Only Afterschool appoints new executive to leadership post

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For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is proud to announce and welcome Christopher Crombie as our Director of Operations. Chris Crombie will be responsible for supervising FKO’s district directors; providing oversight of its’ 19 locations in Chelsea, Everett, Peabody, Revere, Salem and Winthrop; supporting its workforce; working as a bridge between the executive office and programs; and representing FKO at statewide and partner meetings to grow and improve the agency’s depth and breadth. Crombie joins the FKO team from the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club enriches the lives of young people and provides a safe haven in which they can learn and grow. (more…)

Enrolled Sites and Camps

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For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are listed on the next page.) Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly foods stamps) benefits, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. (more…)

For Kids Only Afterschool reaps the benefits of using solar power

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REVERE – July 5, 2017 - Solar panels installed a year ago at For Kids Only Afterschool’s new Youth In Motion (YIM) building in Revere are proving they were worth the investment. The panels have produced $3,334 in electricity, which For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) did not have to purchase from National Grid. FKO also sold $1,500 of their SREC shares on the open market. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are certificates earned by producing solar energy. (more…)

Providing fun opportunities to learn

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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

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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…)




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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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…)


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…)


Bates Elementary School Named 21ST Century Community Learning Center

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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…)