F.I.S.H. offers financial assistance for after-school care
With the start of school just a few short weeks away, parents are beginning to evaluate available programs for after-school care. Effective after-school programs are beneficial to youth, families and communities as they provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.
Through its Youth Scholarship Program, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva can provide financial assistance to families whose children attend after-school programming both on and off the island. The opportunity is made available, in part, through partnerships with program providers, through generous donations from private donors and grant funding from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation.
“Our goal is to help build economic security for families by giving children the opportunity to experience quality care during the after-school hours, when their parent is still at work,” Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said. “After-school programs keep children safe and introduces them to new friends and activities. Children are placed in age-appropriate groups and take part in a daily rotation of activities that may include, but is not limited to: homework time, arts and crafts, physical fitness activities, and much more.”
Based on need and eligibility, scholarships for after-school care may be offered to families as determined by F.I.S.H. Assistance is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and amounts vary depending upon the family’s financial status. Available funding is limited, and scholarships may cover only a portion of the program cost.
For more information, contact Kathy Y. Monroe or Nitza Lopez at 239-472-4775.