Now that the kids are back in school, many parents are scrambling for dwindling spots in after care. In Napa, for example, several schools are already at capacity; you can request to be added to the wait list, but you may want to look at other options. And what if your kids’ school doesn’t offer an after-care program? What is a parent to do to fill the gap between the end of the school day and the end of their workday?

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) offers after-school (and before-school) programs for students K-8. NCOE Community Programs runs the COOL School program in 10 elementary schools throughout the region, and Napa County After School Partnership ACE (After Class Enrichment) runs at Harvest, Redwood and Silverado Middle Schools, as well as Calistoga Jr/.Sr. And, of course, there’s the Boys & Girls Club. Other programs, if you’re willing/able to create a patchwork combination of care, include the Sheriff’s Activity League, Girls on the Run and Napa Valley Sylvan Learning STEM camps.

Your kids don’t have to go to Blue Oak School to participate in their after-school classes, which begin September 12 (classes begin September 11 in 2017). And one of our favorites, Connolly Ranch’s Ecology Play Club (EPiC) for grades 1-5 is on Wednesday afternoons when school lets out early. The next session begins September 21. UPDATE FOR 2017: Connolly Ranch’s after-school club for grades K-8 has expanded to Wednesdays and Thursdays. Kids can participate in one or both days. The fall 2017 session begins Wednesday, September 20

Blue Oak School
Blue Oak School offers after-school classes for both Blue Oak School students and non-BOS students in grades K-8. Designed to extend meaningful learning opportunities, the after-school classes offer a wide range of subjects to allow children to explore new interests and talents. Fall classes begin September 12 (classes begin September 11 in 2017).

Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley provides youth ages 6-18 with a safe, positive place after school, during most holiday breaks, and throughout summer. Our key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. They serve more than 1,200 kids and teens per day at 11 locations in Napa and American Canyon.

Connolly Ranch Ecology Play Club (EPiC)
This after-school club meets every Wednesday and Thursdayto unplug, experience farm-life, do a little homework and get active outdoors. Fun, hands-on activities strive to cultivate children’s connection to the environment, inspiring a genuine understanding of how and why we promote clean, healthy habitats for all living things. Within a structured daily routine that includes caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens, creative art time and homework hour, children will play and learn, with nature as their primary teacher.

COOL School
The COOL School Program exists to meet the educational, social and safety needs of elementary age students. The NCOE Community Programs runs the COOL School program in 10 elementary schools throughout the region. Our program vision, developed by our dedicated staff and AmeriCorps members, is to provide opportunities to discover Passions, realize Potential, and express Power. COOL School strives to create an environment that fosters student academic and social success and provides a safe and healthy place for children to be from the end of the school day until 6 pm. Student enrollment is determined through a criteria-based referral process involving school-site partners, teachers, and program staff. Priority is given to students and families in most need of academic and enrichment services.

Girls on the Run
A team of trained, positive and healthy volunteer women life coaches lead the life discussions, fun activities that combine experiential learning with moving it and running. Girls in middle school meet twice a week for 75 minutes over 10 weeks.

Napa County After School Partnership (ACE)
Napa County After School Partnership is a collaboration between the Napa County Office of Education, school districts, principals and program partners to provide quality after school programs for the students in 17 Napa County schools. The ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program exists to address the educational, social and safety needs of students through a community collaborative that provides academic support and enrichment activities bridging the school day with the after school hours. The Napa County Office of Education runs the ACE Program at Harvest, Redwood and Silverado Middle Schools, as well as Calistoga Jr/.Sr.

Napa County Office of Education
Napa County Office of Education After School Programs provide safe and inclusive learning environments Monday-Friday to over 5,500 Kindergarten-8th grade students that foster positive relationships and learning opportunities to support the whole student. Programs include After School, Before School, Summer, and Healthy Meal programs, as well as training and professional development programs for after school staff.

Sheriff’s Activity League
Sheriff’s Activity League programs are fitness based, focused on developing strength, flexibility, and stamina, and providing improved physical health as well as mental health. Coached by volunteers, recreational sports programs provide not only improved fitness, but also seek to instill values of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and good Citizenship. Our most demanding programs, which are competitive in nature, are intended to instill in athletes the Olympic ideals of vision, Commitment, Focus, Discipline, and persistence.

Sylvan STEM Camps
If you’re looking for ways to introduce your child to new and fun experiences, you’ve got to check out our Sylvan EDGE camps with a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) focus! At our center in Napa Valley, we–offer innovative camps for elementary and middle school students that are sure to motivate, inspire and encourage creativity.