LearningWorks AfterSchool (LWAS) provides free, high-quality afterschool and summer programs for students in grades 2-5 who are below grade level and come from families that cannot afford a paid afterschool enrichment or tutoring program. The curriculum utilizes an innovative blend of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and literacy to help improve each child’s academic standing, all in a safe and supportive environment. The primary focus of the afterschool program is academic enrichment through project-based, hands-on, and engaging curriculum. Transportation and a snack are provided. 


elementary students attend our free afterschool and summer programs


schools participate in our AfterSchool program


local towns are currently served
  • Curriculum: We collaborate with school-day teaching staff to develop a curriculum that is highly engaging, hands on, and relevant.  
  • Technology: Students use iPads, Smart Boards, and other technology to conduct research, enforce skills, and share learning through presentations and online blogs.
  • Field Trips & Guest Presenters: We go on field trips and invite guest speakers into the classroom to broaden students’ knowledge and experience.
  • Celebrations of Learning: At the end of each unit of study, students showcase key learnings for parents, teachers, and the community.
  • Research-Based Programming: Subject matter is developed based on research designed to help low-performing students build their thinking skills, and to expose them to new ideas, concepts, and experiences.

How Can My Child Participate?
Children (families) do not apply to the program directly. Rather, the students are chosen by staff members at our participating schools. Teachers and administrators identify students who they believe would benefit from the program (usually through test scores). Talk with your child’s teacher if you believe your child is a good candidate for LearningWorks AfterSchool.

We have 11 locations in 4 cities and towns:
Portland: East End Community School, Hall Elementary, Ocean Avenue Elementary, Presumpscot Elementary, Reiche Elementary School, and Riverton Elementary Schools
Biddeford: Primary and Intermediate Schools
South Portland: Kaler and Skillin Elementary Schools
Waterboro: Elementary School

Funders and Community Partners
21st Century Community Learning Center funding and other charitable supporters enable us to offer LearningWorks AfterSchool and Summer programs at no cost to families. We collaborate with the Biddeford School Department, Portland Public Schools, Southern Maine Community College, 4-H, Let’s Go 5210, SNAP-Ed, Waterboro Public Schools, South Portland Public Schools, Portland Museum of Art, Mayo Street Arts, Community Bike Center, the University of New England, Maine College of Art, and Starting Strong.

If you have been invited to fill out an application for your child, you can find it here. If you have not been invited but think your child could be eligible, please contact your child’s school.