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After School

Enhancing Students Academic Progress

CHCF’s After-School Programs work with children aged 6-13 and their families at two schools: P.S. 59, The Community School of Technology, and P.S./M.S. 279, both in the Bronx. CHCF After-School programs offer safe, developmentally appropriate activities that supplement school curricula and foster children’s wellbeing and academic success. Programs include a project-based STEM curriculum; homework and long-term project support; leadership skills and work on advocacy projects related to issues in the community; violence and substance abuse prevention; literacy and math academic reinforcement; and technology programming that fosters creative thinking and self-expression.

Program Highlights


Family Engagement

Through workshops, one-on-one meetings, and special events, we engage parents in all aspects of their children’s education to improve youths’ academic performance and reduce behavioral problems.



Students become environmental leaders through a series of projects designed to promote their understanding of key concepts related to natural resources, conservation, animal and plant habitats and the impact humans have on ecology.



A STEM enrichment initiative aimed at sparking girls’ curiosity in science and science related careers through activities that promote knowledge and exploration.


Field Trips

After-School students go on several field trips each year with the purpose of doing non-experimental research or to gain experiences outside their everyday activities.


Academic Support

CHCF staff provide daily assistance with homework and special long-term assignments. The program uses the principles of positive youth development to help students feel safe, nurtured, and cared for by adult role models, as well as surrounded by peers that are taught to be caring and thoughtful citizens in their school and communities.



This component is designed to promote students’ creative expression through technology, engaging them in photography and video projects that encourage exploration of issues, and of their communities and neighborhoods.

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