Power-On Programs

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Power-On! Programs

Power-On Out of School Time Program

Participants are placed into age groups that maintain a full schedule of activities incorporating play, learning, cultural enrichment and positive social interaction.

Out of School Time fun includes creative & performing arts, fine arts, fitness & health, sports, education & leisure activities, holiday & family events, and much more! Programs offered at the recreation centers, after school centers and summer playgrounds are not licensed child care programs but are based on local standards approved the City Attorney.

Parent information Packets (English & Spanish) are required to complete registration and are available at each recreation center and at the Lee Center. All participants must be residents of the City of Alexandria.  Register today.


2021-2022 School Year

The City of Alexandria will offer a modified Out of School Time Program (OSTP) for elementary school aged children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2021-22OSTP 1 school year. The after-school recreation program is scheduled for August 23, 2021 through June 10, 2022, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Charles Barrett; Charles Houston; Mount Vernon; Leonard “Chick” Armstrong; Patrick Henry; and William Ramsay recreation centers, and at the Ferdinand T. Day; John Adams; and Douglas MacArthur elementary schools.

The program fee is $575 for the school year, or $295 with documentation for free/reduced priced school meals; $245 with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits; or $145 with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

    Nannie J. Lee will offer a modified Youth Achieving Greatness Program which includes structured enrichment activities to increase learning, independence, socialization, and leadership skills in a small group setting (1:15 staff to child ratio).  The program fee is $399/season (Fall, Winter, Spring) or $239 for free/educed priced school meals, $199 for SNAP; or $119 for TANF.

    Participants are placed into age groups that maintain a full schedule of activities incorporating play, learning, cultural enrichment and positive social interaction.

    Out of School Time fun includes creative & performing arts, fine arts, fitness & health, sports, education & leisure activities, holiday & family events, and much more! Programs offered at the recreation centers, after school centers and summer playgrounds are not licensed child care programs but are based on local standards approved the City Attorney.

    Parent information packets are required to complete registration and are available at each recreation center and at the Lee Center. All participants must be residents of the City of Alexandria. Applicants are required to verify eligibility by completing an online pre-registration form. Beginning June 14, the form will be available online, and printed forms will be available for pickup and drop-off at the following locations (call the location to verify operating hours):

    • Lee Center Registration and Reservation Office, 1108 Jefferson St., 703.746.5414
    • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., 703.746.5552
    • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., 703.746.5556
    • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave., 703.746.5554
    • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Ave., 703.746.5557
    • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 6560 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558

    Pre-registration eligibility forms must be submitted by Saturday, June 19. All eligible families submitting a form by Saturday, June 19 will be placed in a computerized lottery, randomly selecting the order of eligible applicants and generating a waitlist if needed. Selected applicants will be contacted beginning June 22 with additional information on program registration and must complete the enrollment process through the specified location by June 28.

    Once the pre-registration eligibility process is complete, any remaining openings will be filled using general online-only registration beginning on Wednesday, June 30, at 9 a.m.


    2021 Modified Summer Camp Program

    A full day of recreational activities for children and youth entering grades  1 – 6 in and 6 – 10 grade in Fall 2021.  Each program will run for seven weeks beginning June 28 –OSTP 3 August 13 from 8am to 5pm.  Before and aftercare is not available.  Registration fees are $389 per child with financial assistance available; Free/ Reduced $189, SNAP $155, TANF $95. Register today.

    The Modified Summer Camp Program is offered at these locations:

    • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive, 703.746.5553/ 703.746.5411
    • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, 703.746.5552
    • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, 703.746.5556
    • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Avenue, 703.746.5554
    • Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, 703.746.5535
    • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue, 703.746.5557
    • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 6560 Sanger Avenue, 703.746.5558

    ACPS School Locations:

    • Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School, 1701 N Beauregard St., 703.746.5411
    • John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave, 703.746.5411
    • Minnie Howard, 3801 W. Braddock, 703.746.5411
    • *George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave, 703.746.5411 (open to youth entering grade 6 – 10 in Fall 2021)

    To ensure the safety of participants and prevent the spread of COVID-19, each program is designed with limited capacity.  The program meets CDC guidelines for staff and participant temperature screening, masks, enhanced cleaning, and physical distancing protocols.


      Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H Programs

      Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Alexandria Office brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the residents of Alexandria by providing research-based solutions to the problems facing residents. Extension offers community programming in the areas of 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, agriculture, natural resources and community viability.

      Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status or marital or family status. VCE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  VCE offices are located in the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street.  For more information about 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Horticulture programs, call 703.746.5546.

      Family Nutrition Programs (FNP) are operated as a joint project of Extension, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Social Services. The FNP program is strictly educational and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service. Youth, adults and families learn about nutrition and healthy eating, food preparation skills and resource management skills. The program is free to participants. To learn more about FNP classes, please call 703.746.5546.

      Volunteer Opportunities
      Are you interested in doing something positive for your community? If you would like to give the gift of your time and expertise, please call the Alexandria Extension office at 703.746.5546.


      Fee Assistance Program for City Residents 

      The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities encourages participation in City programs from all City residents. If you, a member of your family or a friend would like to participate in programs or activities sponsored by this Department and are in need of fee assistance in order to participate, please contact the sponsoring program office for more detailed information at least two weeks in advance. For general information, please call 703.746.5414.


      Therapeutic Recreation

      The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jackie Person, Therapeutic Recreation Program Manager, at 703.746.5423 (VA Relay 711) or jackie.person@alexandriava.gov.

      Click here to learn more about Therapeutic Recreation programs provided by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.



       

       

       

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