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Before & After School Care

Engaging Activities

MPS Before and After School programs provide a safe haven for youth in grades K5-12 at over 100 locations during non school hours.  Activities vary by school, but generally include homework assistance, academic enrichment, art and music, technology education, sports and fitness, and activities to develop a young person’s leadership and social skills. For more information, please click on the program links below, or call (414) 475-8701.

Child Care Camps

Schools work directly with the MPS Recreation Department to provide before and after school educational and recreational enrichment activities for their students. Camps are designed to keep children safe, provide homework assistance to meet academic requirements and relieve the stresses of the working family for quality child care. In addition to homework assistance, youth are also given opportunities to participate in a variety of recreation activities designed to keep them active and socially engaged during non-school hours.

Cooperative Tutoring

In partnership with Milwaukee area churches, the Cooperative Tutoring program provides supervised homework assistance at area churches after school. All sites tutor children in K5 through 5th grade. A special emphasis is placed on providing assistance in the areas of math and reading; however sites also assist children with specific academic needs. The program is staffed predominately by church members and community volunteers.

Community Learning Centers (CLCs)

The focus of the CLCs is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition, CLC programs provide youth development activities, technology education, art, music and recreation activities, and family programs. Milwaukee area community based organizations work collaboratively with the MPS to operate this program.

Safe Places

Schools partner with Milwaukee area community based organizations to provide students with homework help, recreation activities, and family programs before and after school. All Safe Place sites have the following program components: Academic enrichment, health and nutrition, social competence, recreation and family support.

Partnership for the Arts and Humanities

Each year, MPS provides support to over 40 community based organizations to deliver high-quality, intensive out-of-school time arts and humanities programs for over 30,000 City of Milwaukee children, youth and families. Programs range from music lessons, artist residencies, dance classes, summer theater camps and more, with a focus on promoting cognitive, social and emotional development and over-all well-being. Check with your school or youth serving agency to find out more about arts and humanities partnership at your afterschool/summer program!

Arts Internship Program

Through partnerships between the Milwaukee Public Schools and local arts organizations, the MPS Arts Internship program provides over 50 high school students each summer with paid internship opportunities to explore careers in the arts while also gaining practical and applicable job skills and work experience.  Each student intern works closely with a supervisor/mentor, attends three job readiness training sessions and strives to become more prepared for future work experience; gain confidence in applying for future jobs; and learn new skills and abilities in the area of focus of their internship.  Internship openings and application instructions will be posted on the homepage of the Recreation website starting March 1 of every year (deadlines range from April 1 through May 31).


Phone: 414-475-8844
Fax: 414-475-8541

Leighton Cooper
Office of Operations
Department of Recreation and Community Services

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