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Learning doesn’t have to stop when the final school bell rings. In a world filled with screens and endless digital connection, you may want to give your little ones a break from it all every now and then. Whether you’re a busy parent, or are looking for fun activities for your kids, explore some of the after-school programs offered close to your community in the Carolinas.

Gaston County

Gaston County Family YMCA

With several locations across Belmont, The Gaston County Family YMCA provides a year-round enrichment program for all students, which include a variety of specialties to suit each child’s unique interests. The after school sessions run from the time of dismissal until 6:00pm, perfect for busy parents everywhere. 

NC Budo

NC Budo got its start in Belmont as a martial arts studio for students of all ages, and has continued its work in educating the community on the lifelong benefits of this practice. Their after school program allows students to receive schoolwork support while engaging in supervised play and martial arts training. 


After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)

Available in many schools within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the After School Enrichment Program is designed to provide a nurturing environment where students can get their homework done and enjoy thoughtful exploration through games and activities.    

UrbanPromise Charlotte

UrbanPromise offers a structured after-school program available to young learners and high school students alike, with a focus of academic support and character building. High school students can also opt in to become “StreetLeaders”, taking the lead on running smaller learning sessions with the younger students. 

The Young Achievers Club

Offered by the Childcare Network, The Young Achievers Club gives students the freedom to engage in activities that align with their interests. From the arts and music, to science and problem solving, there’s bound to be an activity they’ll enjoy. The goal is to build important life skills while guided through play and exploration. 

Fort Mill


The FLYERS (Fun Loving Youth En-Route to Success) after-school program serves thousands of children each year, with fun recreational opportunities that allow students to build fundamental skills through play. The FLYERS program is more than just a daycare service  — it’s a place where kids can be kids, in a safe and comfortable environment. 

USK Martial Arts 

Young kids often have boundless amounts of energy, making them perfect candidates for the USK Martial Arts after-school program. In addition to helping out with extra homework, students can enjoy Taekwondo classes that are suitable for any skill level, taught by certified martial arts instructors. 



The Harrisburg YMCA offers after-school programs for the elementary school zoned at Camellia Gardens. Providing the space and time to develop social skills and character values, kids have access to several activities and learning opportunities including homework room, devotions, snack time, group games, crafts, and more.


Marvin & Waxhaw

Way of the Warrior 

Way of the Warrior provides its students with an inviting and supportive environment to experience martial arts in a structured setting, alongside literary-focused activities. Martial arts can instill many important values in young learners, such as self-confidence, discipline and respect for others. 

Reed’s Youth Academy

Experience this one-of-a-kind after school program, with over 10,000 sq. ft. of space for your little ones to run around and play in. Reed’s Youth Academy focuses on building character and key leadership skills through play, with a variety of fun activities that every child will love. 

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