NCS Offers a Wide Variety of After-School Programs

By FCPS & Fairfax County Government
August 25, 2021

As the new school year begins, it’s important to remember that not all learning takes place inside the classroom. Children also learn through socialization and mentoring opportunities outside regular school hours. 

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services’ (NCS) out-of-school-time programs cater to this need, providing a creative and safe learning environment where youth and teens can explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves. Afterschool activities take place at Community and Teen Centers as well as online. There are also full-day options when school is out of session during spring, summer and winter breaks.

The fall afterschool program features daily themes such as STEAM & Academics, Social-Emotional Awareness, Civics/Engagement, and Club Day. Program opportunities include mindfulness and resiliency, culture and diversity, and health and wellness. In-person programs also include outdoor activities, field trips and intramural sports.

For parents who are simply looking for activities for their children to pursue on their own, NCS Connects is an excellent online resource. It features a huge variety of activities for students in grades 1-12, as well as recommended websites.

Registration is now open for NCS fall afterschool programs. Learn more about in-person and virtual options here. Let’s keep the learning going this school year!

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