Helping kids become leaders through fun activities.
Our BLAST after-school programs are located in the diverse communities of Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.
• Grenoble Public School
• Gateway Public School
• Thorncliffe Park Public School
Every day, our BLAST after-school program provides a safe, nurturing and structured environment where children, aged 6-12, can develop their life skills, leadership skills, confidence and sense of community.
Activities include arts and crafts, homework help, literacy, cooking, science, sports, drama, physical literacy, cultural activities and field trips. There is a minimum of 50 minutes of physical activity that occurs every day.
Our BLAST after-school programs operate Monday to Friday, after school until 5:45 p.m., from September 24th, 2018 – May 31, 2019.
Registration is required. Spaces are limited to students who attend the respective schools.
For more information, please call our City Program Manager at 416-466-9987 Ext. 305 or send an email to email@example.com
Benefits of After-school Programs
After-school programs bring a wide range of benefits to kids, families and communities. After-school programs have been shown to boost academic performance, promote physical health, reduce risky behaviours, and provide a safe, structured environment for kids.
- Research shows that after-school programs can improve classroom behavior (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2010), school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out (Huang, Leon, La Torre, Mostafavi, 2008).
- Participation in after-school programs has been associated with reduced risky behaviours such as drug use (Investing in Our Young People, University of Chicago, 2006) and criminal behavior (UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, 2007).
- After-school programs can play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in afterschool programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity (Mahoney, J., Lord, H., & Carryl, 2005).
I learned that respect means being kind to each other.
At Moorelands I learned how to work together and get more confident.
Moorelands taught me about teamwork. Now when I’m at school or with a group of friends, whenever we are playing or working on a project I listen and use everyone's ideas.
Now I come here I show respect at home to my family and help them do chores.
Moorelands teaches you: never put down people. Never say bad words.
I’m more responsible now because I used to lose a lot of things now I am careful.
I don't wait for someone to be a leader anymore. Instead I try to be a leader myself.
I learned how to be responsible and take care of my sister.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are snacks provided?
Yes! The leaders all work together to prepare a healthy snack for all of the participants. We are always mindful of allergies and dietary restrictions and all snacks are Halal. An example of snack at program may be pita bread with hummus and carrot sticks or a half a bagel with cream cheese and strawberries. There will always be a fruit or vegetable served with snack and water is the beverage.
What is the typical schedule of a program?
All of our programs have similar routines. Each school has different dismissal times so the order and timing of the activities vary.
|After-school: 3:15-3:30||Participants arrive from their classrooms to program, wash their hands and have their snack|
|3:30 – 4:10||Main Activity (arts & crafts, science activities, sports, cooperative games, cooking, baking etc)|
|4:10 – 5:15||Gym time /Outdoor Physical Activities (at least 50 mintues per day)|
|5:15 -5:45||Homework help/educational activity and pick up by parents|
|5:45||Program ends for the day|
Are field trips extra?
Field trips will not cost you any more money. Because of time constraints, the trips are limited to the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park area. The trips organized are very fun and safe. Some trips that participants have enjoyed in the past are: Playground Paradise, the park, the library, and visits to other programs.
Do you have programs for older grades?
Moorelands offers LED (Lead Excel Demonstrate) for Grades 6 – 8 at Valley Park Middle School, Humber Summit Middle School and Gulf Stream PS. We also offer VITAL (Volunteers in Training as Leaders) an after-school program for students who attend Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute.
What is the cost & how can I pay?
The cost of the BLAST After-school Program is at a subsidized rate and fees are only collected once per semester or you can pay for the whole year.
Fees for the 2018-2019 school year:
|If you child comes…||Semester 1 Fee (Sept—Dec 2018)one time payment of:||Semester 2 Fee (Jan-June 2019)one time payment of:|
|1 day/ week||$10||$15|
|4 days/ week||$40||$60|
|5 days/ week||$50||$75|
*Priority goes to children registering for three or more days
Payments can be made by cash, cheque (to: Moorelands), credit card – call or office (416-466-9987), online via PayPal using a credit or debit card.
Are staff well trained?
Yes! We extensively train our leaders and volunteers on all of the information that they’ll need to run the program efficiently. All Program staff are trained in, First Aid & CPR, High Five Principles of Child Development, Positive Youth Development, safety and have submitted a clear Criminal Reference Check. Leaders also have their Food Handling Certificate which trains them on proper knowledge on how to handle and store food in a safe and sanitary manner.