After School FAQ

What kinds of after-school programming does PS 130 offer?

PS 130 is proud to offer a wide range of after-school programs for Pre-K through 5th grade, including arts, music, games, and more; we organize the programs into two categories: On Site and Off Site.  The PTA website includes many local options available from independently operated organizations and is updated throughout the year. 

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to support the childcare needs of working families and to provide opportunities for communities to flourish. PS 130 hosts  one of their COMPASS programs  onsite.

On Site programs take place at the school–students are escorted to after-school programs from their class dismissal and picked up by parents/caregivers from the school.  

  • Kids Orbit  not-for-profit 501(c) open to  Pre K- 5th
    • 3 hours each day, Flexible scheduling up 5 days per week 
  • University Settlement is free  DYCD COMPASS  program open to  K-5th grade
    • 3 hours each day, 5 days per week and 13 school holidays during the school year
  • Impact Coaching Network- Chess Club & Team open to  K-5th grade
    • 2 hours each with option for late pick up, up 2 days per week 

Off Site programs take place at a location other than the school in the surrounding neighborhoods; several of the off site programs offer pick up at PS130, using an employee of the program to pick students up from dismissal and safely escort them to the program location. For off-site programs, pick up is at the location of the program. PS 130 PTA  also shares information with families about after-school programs in the neighborhood that do not offer school pick up, but are wonderful programs we encourage you to explore if they fit your needs and interests. 

What should I consider when planning to enroll my child in an after-school program?

Important planning factors include: number of days per week that the child will be enrolled in an after-school program, cost, grade-based eligibility, site location, interests and pick up times. PS 130 PTA raises money for families who need  financial aid. Contact: [email protected] 

Who can enroll in after-school programming?

All PS 130 students are eligible to enroll in after-school programming, and families should pay attention to several identifiers when planning for after-school: grade-based eligibility, fees, site location, interests and pick up times.  After-school programs are self supervised with their own individual application process. Some programs are open to all grades and others are  grade-level specific. Please be sure to select programs that are appropriate for the grade your child is entering in the fall, at the appropriate school location (Lower School or Upper School). Each program has a capacity limit and will close enrollment when the limit is reached and begin a waitlist. You will need to register for each program you plan to use  individually.  There is no single application that covers all programs.

How do I enroll my child in after-school programming?

The registration window for after-school programming is determined by each program.  Many register on a rolling basis, until their capacity is met . For those families interested in enrolling in University Settlement 5 day-a-week programming, DYCD releases registration dates in  August for the school year. Kids Orbit and ICN begin early bird registration in May/ June  for continuing students and incoming siblings.  It will continue  until the first week in September or  until each class reaches capacity. If you decide to join a program mid-year or mid-session, you can contact the program administrator to find out about available spots. 

What time does after-school take place? What if I need a program that ends later or earlier?

Onsite after-school programs typically run from dismissal  until 5:30pm with a grace period of 5:45pm. After-school programs begin once school dismissal is over. Dismissal is from 2:50-3:00pm (Pre-K at 2:50pm and K-5th grade at 2:55-3:00pm). Programs may allow you to pick up your child before the stated end time; speak with your program administrator about this possibility. Many of the programs have extended day options that run until 5:45 pm.  All program dismissals must be over by 6pm for PS 130 custodial staff to begin the process of preparing the building for the next school day. Consult your after-school program website or program administrator for details. 

What is the cost of after-school programming? Are there sibling discounts or sibling priority?

All programs operate independently from the school.. Please check with your preferred programs for fee costs and if they offer a sibling discount or priority and the terms. Some programs offer financial aid directly. For PTA sponsored financial aid contact [email protected] 

How are after-school programs selected and vetted?

The PS 130 PTA has an after-school committee that works with the school administration, families and local programs to assist with finding  after care and enrichment. The committee sends out requests for proposals to as many local vendors as possible and contracts with those that have appropriate licensing, permits, and programmatic offerings based on the interests and needs of our families. 

What is the refund or cancellation policy for after-school programming?

Each program has its own refund and cancellation policy.  If you anticipate changes to your after-school needs/schedule, we encourage families to review the refund, cancellation and change policies for the programs you plan to attend before registering.