City to provide recreation drop-in centers for school-age children in response to teachers strike and delayed school start
Eight community centers will serve students kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12)
Seattle (September 7) – The City of Seattle is providing a range of services to support parents and families in response to Tuesday’s announcement from Seattle Public Schools (SPS) that the start to the 2022-2023 school year will be delayed. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) will offer Recreation Activity Hubs at eight designated community centers starting on Monday, September 12. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will have access to free recreational programs and activities, and families will be able to register online starting Thursday, September 8. “With the start of the school year delayed, the City of Seattle is activating community centers to serve as recreation drop-in locations – providing stability and safety that we know students need after two years of pandemic disruption,” said Mayor Harrell. “We encourage teachers and the school district to urgently reach a just and fair resolution that centers our students and prioritizes their education and future.”
Recreation Activity Hubs
Recreation Division will offer Recreation Activity Hubs
Starting – Monday, September 12
Hours of operation will be 9:00am to 5:30pm at designated centers
Age group 5-12 (school age)
8 designated community centers
Offering free recreational programs and activities
Families will be able to register online via ActiveNet starting Thursday, Sept 8th
Below is the list of designated community centers:
Recreation Activity Hubs
Alki Community Center
Ballard Community Center
Bitter Lake Community Center
Jefferson Community Center
Rainier Beach Community Center
Montlake Community Center
High Point Community Center
Meadowbrook Community Center
There will be impact with Fall programs/classes at the 8 centers (*ex: LLR, Spec Programs will be postponed). School-age Care program update
Seattle Parks and Recreation/Associated Recreation Council School-age Care will operate during afterschool hours for currently registered participants September 7-9. Program hours are 2:30-6pm at the following locations:
Bitter Lake Annex
Genesee Hill ES
John Muir ES
John Rogers ES
Magnolia @ Blaine K-8
Rainier Beach CC
Thornton Creek ES
Van Asselt CC
Families who participate in the City’s Child Care Assistance Program and already have a child care provider for before- or after-school care will automatically receive additional subsidies to cover full-day care, should their provider have space during school hours.
Families enrolled in before or after school child care with an SPS partner should look for messaging directly from their child care provider about their capacity to serve students. Find the full list of SPS child care partners here.
If you are not currently enrolled in childcare, please visit the Child Care Resources website or call 1-800-446-1114; they maintain lists of all licensed childcare providers in Seattle and can help you identify options.
Southwest and Meadowbrook Teen Life Centers will be open from 11:00am to 8:00pm for drop-in programs on Wednesday, Sept 7th and Thursday, Sept 8th.
Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) sites operated by SPS are scheduled to begin next Monday, September 12. If the strike persists into next week, the start of these programs could be delayed. SPS preschool families looking for care are encouraged to reach out to the Child Care Aware hotline at 1-800-446-1114 to receive information on licensed child care programs in the city that have open space to provide drop-in care.
SPP sites operated by community organizations, including those at SPR sites, will open as scheduled.
The Boys & Girls Club of King County will offer free full-day programming (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) this week at select locations for families who are already enrolled in their programs. Families are encouraged to contact individual sites for more information.
Seattle families enrolled in the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Before and After School Enrichment (BASE) program will receive information about full-day care options available for their students through the Y’s direct email system.