Just because the school day is over doesn’t mean the learning has to end!

The City of Trenton recently announced that they will be offering an after-school program for Trenton youth aged 6-12 years old. Interested parents can enroll at The Cottage at Cadwalader Park (36 Parkway Ave., Trenton, NJ). In order to enroll, one must present proof of residency, a child’s birth certificate, and parents must present matching ID to the birth certificate. The program is available Monday through Friday, 3:00pm through 6:00pm. Please note that all COVID protocols must be followed throughout the duration of the program. Children who participate in the program will have access to a variety of resources, including:

  • Homework help and tutoring
  • Educational activities
  • Physical Education
  • Free meals for children
  • Field trips
  • Arts and games
  • Games

And a whole lot of fun!

The program will be held at both the Sam Naples Center (611 Chestnut Ave.), as well as the Ike Williams Center (238 Clay St.). Both facilities provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can continue to grow and thrive. While after-school programs are great for children in the present, there may also be lifelong advantages for involved students. Research indicates that after-school programs can have significant impacts on a child’s education and overall well-being.

According to research completed by Expanded Learning, children who participate in after-school programs report higher levels of attendance at school, have improved behavioral outcomes, and show improved grades/coursework comprehension. Children have also been recorded to demonstrate better social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is critical to understand and manage emotions, achieve goals, maintain positive relationships, and show empathy for others. Annually, more than 1.6 million children benefit from these programs at thousands of recreation and community centers across the country.

This program is a part of the City of Trenton’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture. The Departments promotes a high quality of life in the Capital City through exceptional cultural and recreational programming in well-maintained facilities. By improving Trenton and its natural environment, they hope to develop a strong sense of community amongst Trentonians through participation in events and public programming.

Structured, enriching after-school program is both a wonderful opportunity for a child as well as an investment in their future. If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact the City of Trenton at (609) 989-3361 for further details. Make sure to secure your child’s spot today!

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