Our program offers a supportive environment for children so they can learn and have fun. We use the Creative Curriculum for a holistic approach and focus on different themes each week. The Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and Language skills learned as a preschooler will prepare them for kindergarten, giving them the necessary experience for a great start to their scholastic career.
Registering Now: September 2018 – June 2019 (Must be age 4 prior to August 31)
Half Day Program: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Full Day Program: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Ballard Boys & Girls Club offers before and after school programs serving Whittier, Adams, Salmon Bay, Cascadia, Loyal Heights, West Woodland and North Beach elementary schools. Vans pick up kids from Whittier, Adams, West Woodland and North Beach each afternoon, while a staff member walks Salmon Bay students to the Club. A yellow school bus brings kids to us from Loyal Heights and Cascadia.
Hours Of Operation
Morning Program: 7:00 a.m. until school starts
Afternoon Program: End of school day until 6:30 p.m.
Daily Afternoon Schedule
2:15 – Kids from West Woodland and Whitter arrive and have free time in the room, or the
option to play in the games room, gym, field, playground (on a rotating schedule)
3:30-4:15 – Kids from all other schools arrive, snack is served and group time happens (group
time includes community building activities, reflection discussions, and telling the kids what the
options for the day are)
4:30-5:15 – Option time: groups have a rotating schedule for room usage, but each day they will
have the choice of an active option (gym, field, fitness room, playground), a creative option
(arts/crafts, science, gardening, cooking), and Power Hour (homework and reading time)
5:15-5:45 – Power Half Hour: all kids do homework and/or reading time (unless they completed it
during option time 1)
5:45-6:30 – Free choice, and time to finish up any projects from option time 1
Each week on Wednesdays there are seasonal mini-clubs that children can choose from. Some options
include: chess club, gardening club, reading club, Active Girls Club, Smart Girls, Dude Time, dodgeball
club, running club, Pokémon club, or robotics.
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Your youth will face many new experiences and challenges as a middle school student and we want to be there to mentor and support them through this influential time. If you haven’t thought about enrolling your youth in the Challenger After School Program before, now’s the time! The Ballard Boys & Girls Club offers after school transportation from Whitman and Robert Eagle Staff middle school. Teens from other schools are welcome to attend provided they have transportation to the club.
Daily Afternoon Schedule
3:25 – Salmon Bay Releases; Students Walk Over To Club
3:45-3:55 – Vans Pick Up At Whitman and Robert Eagle Staff Middle Schools
3:25-4:15 – Structured Free Time (Challengers have time to run off steam and socialize)
4:15-4:30 – Group Time (Challengers check in with staff and learn about activity options for the day)
4:30-5:30 – Option Time (Challengers participate in active and creative activities facilitated by staff)
5:30-6:00 – Power Half Hour (Challengers work on homework, read, or complete brain teasers)
6:00-6:30 – Structured Free Time (Challengers participate in free time activities with staff)
Each day, Challengers are provided three options to choose from: one active, one creative, and one additional. Included in these daily options are a variety of weekly mini-clubs.
Keystone Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership development clubs for high school teens. Keystone focuses on three core areas: community service, academic success, career preparation. Members plan and organize their own community service projects, social events, and fundraisers throughout the school year. The Ballard Keystone Club meets Mondays from 6-7 PM, September through June. Teens considering joining Keystone are always welcome to visit any of our weekly meetings.
The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program is designed to help youth build leadership skills and gain applicable job experience in a supportive and fun environment. Teens entering 9th through 12th grades can apply.
This program requires a four-week commitment as well as a mandatory training prior to the beginning of summer.
If you are a parent looking for more information: PARENT LETTER
If you are applying to become a CIT, please complete this application: CIT APPLICATION
If you are interested in more information about our Counselor in Training program, please contact Don Lathrop, 206.783.5775.