LearningWorks AfterSchool (LWAS) provides free, high-quality afterschool and summer programs for students in grades Pre-K-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.
- 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.
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.
Thank you to our LearningWorks Afterschool Advisory Boards!
Portland: Erica Spencer, Foss Science; Hanna Lakin, Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance; Joe Sanderson, Senior Director ThingWorx Kepware R&D at PTC; Matt Dubel, Portland Connect Ed Executive Director; Meghan Quigley, Portland Museum of Art; David Tucker, Texas Instruments.
South Portland: Gretchen McCloy, South Portland District Director for Community Partnerships; Meghan Quigley, Portland Museum of Art; Kelly McConnell, Artist; Meg Christie, Portland Playback Theater; Joe Kosnow, LearningWorks; April Prinsen, LearningWorks; Jodi Mezzanotte, South Portland School District Assistant Superintendent; Bethany Connolly, Skillin Elementary Principal; Myra Caron, Skillin Elementary Assistant Principal; Bonnie Hicks, Kaler Elementary Principal; Erin Dukeshire, Kaler Elementary; Shana Holt, Skillin Elementary; Noela Mbabizi, Parent.
Waterboro: Jessica Durgin-Hall, Waterboro Elementary Social Worker; Jennifer Humphrey, Waterboro Elementary Assistant Principal; Julie Hoyle, Waterboro Public Library Director; Jason Ketterick, United Way York County Chief Engagement Officer; Larry Malone, RSU 57 Superintendent; Erica Mazzeo, RSU 57; Cassie Ring, Let’s Go York County; Melissa Roberts, RSU 57; Colin Walsh, RSU 57.
Biddeford: Rico Mariello, JFK Memorial Principal; Ashley Belanger, JFK Memorial Resiliency Coordinator; Bryan Litchfield, JFK Memorial Social Worker; Chris Indorf, Biddeford School District Assistant Superintendent; Jeff Mears, Biddeford Primary Assistant Principal; Gloria Miro, Biddeford Primary teacher; Joyelle Mears, Biddeford Primary teacher; Amy Grohman, Biddeford school board member; Patricia Bennett, JFK teacher; Jaime Berube, JFK teacher; Millie Arrowsmith, teacher; Collyn Baeder, UNE Assistant Clinical Professor of Health and Wellness; P.J. Lassek, UNE Internship Coordinator; Krysten Gorrivan, Assistant teaching professor; Shannon Lucier, parent; Sharon Dedrick, grandparent; Cassandra Ring, Let’s Go York County 5-2-1-0.
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.