The Salvation Army Kids' Club is a school-age program that is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care to provide after-school, school-vacation and summer care to children in Kindergarten through age 13.
Kid's Club encourages in its participants a strong sense of self-efficacy and self-esteem, values the importance of education, promotes the benefits of physical activity, and provides opportunities for children to explore new ideas and interests.
Hours of Operation
School Year | Monday through Friday, 2:00pm-5:30pm
School Breaks and Summer Vacation | Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:30pm
Kids' Club is closed for 14 holidays per calendar year.
Yadiris Bones Program Director | 617-884-3836 | Yadiris.Bones@use.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army, 258 Chestnut Street, Chelsea, MA 02150
The Salvation Army Kids' Club is staffed by a Program Director, Site Coordinator, group leaders and volunteers. All staff members are held to the standards of employment set by The Department of Early Education and Care, and are subject to background checks prior to beginning employment.
The Kids' Club offers unique and enriching learning opportunities in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Children are encouraged to express themselves in art, science, music and play. A variety of activities and a lively staff ensures that children that attend Kids' Club will never get bored!
Children of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome!
Full Time: $110.75 per week
Part Time: $22.15 per day
Income-based subsidy may be available. Child Care Choices of Boston vouchers accepted. We offer full-time and part-time care; families interested in part-time care must commit to attend the program on the same days each week. Because the program hopes to build solid relationships with its participants, we do not encourage short periods of enrollment.
The cost is the same for both the after-school and summer programs. To guarantee continued placement in the program, families are responsible for payment regardless of attendance.
Transportation to the Burke Elementary Complex and The Early Learning center to the program is provided through Austin Transportation, LLC. The cost of transportation from your child's school to the program (one way) for one child is $6.00 per day. Unlike tuition fees, you are only responsible for paying for transportation on days your child actually uses it. Families that have vouchersor contracted slots through EEC may be able to have their transportation costs covered via subsidy. Privately paying families will be expected to pay their total fee for transportation every Friday in a check or money order, seperate from tuition payments. Please note, we do not offer transportation from the local middle schools.
Please speak to Allison Barbieri if you are interested in transportation to the program for your child.
During the school year, children attend the program from 2:00-5:30pm. Children arrive to the program and have mandatory homework time until 3:30pm. Well-qualified volunteers and group leaders are always available for homework help. If children to do not have homework, they are able to play in the gym or read quietly during this time.
At 3:30pm, children seperate into age-based groups, are offered snack, socialization and a chance to finish up homework. At 4:00p, children participate in one of our planned enrichment activities that range from science experiments to literary skills to making healthy choices and more.
Free time at a nearby park and the option to participate in a Christian education program add to the well-rounded curriculum, and offer further variation to our busy after-school schedule!
The summer program at Kids' Club is very exciting! Children attend the program from 8:00am-5:30pm. They are offered a Department of Education sponsored breakfast and lunch each day and enjoy a nutritious snack in the afternoon.
At least once a week, the children go on a program-sponsored field trip (the Aquarium, Swan Boats, Frog Pond are a few examples!) that are intended to expose them to art, history and the rich culture of Massachusetts. Frequent trips to the local pool, visits to the park, movies, gym time, arts and crafts, and much more create an exciting and activity filled summer!