History: The Reach for the Stars After School Program was started in March of 2000 at Hoover, Jackson, Lincoln and Phelan Schools. As we received additional funding, we expanded to Mill, Orange Grove, Sorenson and West Whittier. Followed by Longfellow then Andrews. We added both Edwards and Dexter Middle Schools last year. They are operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier. We currently have about 1,000 students enrolled in the After School Program.
Structure/Curriculum: Our program begins at dismissal time and runs until 6 p.m. every school day. We begin with sign in and snack time, followed by an hour of sports and recreation, an hour of homework time and an hour of enrichment. The enrichment activities that are taught are Meet the Masters (art program), KidzLit, KidzMath, Phonics and Friends, Cooking and Nutrition, Band (for 4th-5th graders). Our day concludes with central sign out. Children must attend the program for three hours each day, as mandated by state requirements. Our State After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) funding is based on the child attending everyday for a minimum of three hours.
Enrollment: In order for a child to enroll in our program, they must first be registered at the school where they are applying. The school office has applications for each site. Parents must fill out one application per child and return to the office. The After School Program will call the parents when there is a space available.
Partnership: The Reach for the Stars program is a community partnership which includes the YMCA of Greater Whittier, Boys and Girls Club of Whittier, City of Whittier Community Services Department, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Southern California Music School, RMH Dance Studio Inc., Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), Helpline Youth Counseling, SPIRITT Family Services, and many more.