LearningWorks AfterSchool (LWAS) provides free, high-quality after-school and summer programs for students in grades Pre-K-5 who are academically performing below or partially below grade level and may not have the resources to access a paid after-school enrichment or tutoring program. Our primary focus is academic enrichment through project-based, hands-on, and engaging curriculum. We involve our students in a innovative blend of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and literacy activities to help improve each child’s academic standing in a safe and supportive environment. Transportation and a healthy snack are also provided.


elementary students attend our free afterschool and summer programs


schools participate in our AfterSchool program


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  • 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.

Funders and Community Partners
21st Century Community Learning Center funding and other charitable supporters enable us to offer LearningWorks AfterSchool programming 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, Portland Museum of Art, Mayo Street Arts, Community Bike Center, the University of New England, Maine College of Art, and Starting Strong.