As students head back to school, parents in Southside have options for after-school care.

Three programs offering care and/or tutoring with no deadline for signing up are:

BREC Youth 360

This program officially began the first day of school, Aug. 11, said Chad Brewer, publicity and marketing director for BREC.

Staff members guide students through activities that focus on recreation, health and wellness. Healthy snacks are provided, as is help with homework.

While there is no deadline to sign up, the program is capped at 40 participants per site, Brewer said.

The program runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, and the cost is $48 per month.

Children are either picked up at the school by BREC or are dropped off by buses, depending on the school. Sites included in the program are:

Ben Burge Park, 9350 Antigua Drive, (225) 766-8616. This camp is in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.

Mayfair Park, 655 S. Sabine Drive. Call your child’s school to ask about availability. Fees are valid through December.


Before- and after-school care is also available on-site at several area schools as part of the YMCA’s programming, said Kristen Hogan, marketing director for the YMCA.

There is no deadline for signing up, she said, for care starting from 7 a.m. until classes begin and after school until 6 p.m.

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The service is available for kindergarten through sixth grade, and monthly costs are $55 for Y members and $60 for others.

Activities focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, and include a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop students’ interests and talents, Hogan said.

“We accept children at any time,” Hogan said. “We understand that situations at work or home may change, so we are always available if someone needs us.”

For information on how to sign up, contact your child’s school:

Jefferson Terrace, 9902 Cal Road, (225) 293-3210

Westdale Elementary, 5650 Claycut Road, (225) 924-1308

McKinley Middle, 1550 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, (225) 334-7696

LaSalle Elementary, 8000 LaSalle Ave., (225) 927-6130.

Gardere Initiative

Volunteer tutors are available at Gardere Initiative’s Ned Avenue headquarters for 30-minute sessions, director Murelle Harrison said. Spots are available from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday for elementary and middle school students and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays for high school students.

For information, visit the Gardere Initiative office, 8435 Ned Ave., or call (225) 769-0305.

The program is free of charge.