Programs for Elementary School-Age Children

Our DYCD COMPASS after-school and summer camp programs serve children between the ages of 5 and 12. Activities include health and fitness, literacy and STEM development, arts education, computer practice, and character building. During school vacations, children attend local and day trips as well as approved overnight trips. Homework assistance is provided during the school year. Meals are included.

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Ursula Cooper-Hunter, Department Director, Children & Youth

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Melinda Barr, Assistant Department Director, Children and Younger Youth Programs

DYCD COMPASS After-School and Summer Camp Programs

BronxWorks operates after-school and summer day camp programs for children ages 5 – 12 years old at several locations. Our programs combine recreational activities with hands-on, engaging learning opportunities, creating a balanced schedule that reinforces lessons from school.

Programs for Elementary School-Age Children FAQs

Are there fees for the school-age programs?

All DYCD COMPASS programs are offered to parents at no cost. The school-age program at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center has a limited number of subsidized slots and accepts vouchers from HRA, ACD, and Local 1199.

Do the center-based programs have transportation?

The center-based programs do not provide transportation; however, the program staff escort children from our local feeder schools via our Safe Passage program. Feeder schools for the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center are Sheridan Academy and the Family School. Feeder schools for Bronxchester are PS 157 and PS 140 – The Eagle School. Feeder schools for Third Ave are PS 157, PS 140 – The Eagle School, PS 146, and Brilla Veritas (Charter School).

What are the program hours?

The school-age programs operate Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During school vacations, selected holidays, and the summer, the programs operate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Centers

BronxWorks Cornerstone Community Centers are open year-round. They provide activities for children and youth ages 5 through 21, as well as programs for adults and senior citizens. All activities are free and open to the community, with preference going to NYCHA residents.

For children ages 5 to 12, the Cornerstone Community Centers offer an engaging after-school program that combines structured recreational activities with additional academic support, creating a safe space for children to learn and have fun. During the summer, the centers’ summer camp program combines recreational activities with hands-on, engaging learning opportunities to reinforce lessons learned in school and prevent summer learning loss.

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Kiesha Roberts, Assistant Department Director, Cornerstones

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The BronxWorks program provides kids with creativity. I’m very shy when it comes to interacting with other students, so BronxWorks has helped me express myself and has helped my personality come out.”

— Ashlie A., After-School Program Participant