Kids Club & Early Start

Willamalane offers before- and after-school programs at selected elementary schools throughout Springfield Public Schools. Every day kids can get help with homework, play group sports and games, and do art and STEM activities in a safe, nurturing environment. Additional care is also available on No-School Days. Scholarships are available for all programs.

Download the parent handbook.

We’re hiring! Create a fun environment for kids in after-school activities, early start programs, and more. Apply here or check out our other jobs. 

Jump ahead to:

Kids Club

Grades K-5. Kids Club is after-school care held in many Springfield elementary schools. Run by Willamalane, it’s a fun, safe place for kids to enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, and try STEM activities. Kids Club is offered every day school is in session and has extended hours on early release days. See the calendar.

Due to a staffing shortage, Willamalane will need to delay the start dates of Kids Club programs at select sites.
Sites with delayed start dates: Riverbend, Two Rivers/Dos Rios, Maple, and Guy Lee
Sites continuing as scheduled: Centennial, Douglas Gardens, Mt. Vernon, Page, Ridgeview, Thurston, Yolanda

Refunds or credits will be issued to patrons who have already paid for delayed programs. The sites continuing as scheduled are in high demand, and we will open more sites in order of demand as soon as staff is available. We understand that this will be a burden on our community, and we’re going to do everything possible to open these sites soon. We'll post updated information on this page.

If you know anyone who would be interested in working with youth care programs, please refer them to

Kids Club Hours: 2:45-6 p.m.
Kids Club Early Release Hours: 12:30-6 p.m.
View the Kids Club calendar.

Enrollment and  Payment
  • One-time registration fee: $35 for all participants in the 2021-22 school year.
  • Monthly enrollment: $200 per month ($150 for the month of December). The fee includes care on all early-release days. Monthly enrollment guarantees your spot in the program for the month. If needed, you may register for our scheduled payment program. Register here
  • Daily enrollment: $15 per day. Daily enrollment options depend upon space availability at each site. Same-day care is not available at this time; please register for care by 5 p.m. the night before. Register here
  • Scholarships are available.

Staffing Disclaimer: Kids Club will be offered during the 2021-22 school year, as detailed above, as long as staffing resources are available and the 15-student enrollment minimums, per site, are met.

Early Start

Grades K-5. Kids enjoy supervised activities such as reading, board games, and coloring before school starts. Students are dismissed to enjoy school breakfast at approximately 8:15 a.m., depending on the school schedule. School breakfast is included in the fee when participants arrive by Early Start breakfast time. Monthly fees will not be prorated, and part-time rates are not available. Programs will be offered during the 2021-22 school year, as long as staffing resources are available and enrollment minimums are met. See the calendar.

  • Locations: Ridgeview, Thurston, and Yolanda elementary schools.
  • Monday-Friday, 7-8:15 a.m.
  • $70/month
  • $45/month for students registered for free/reduced meals
  • Register here
Want Early Start at your school? Sign up for our online interest list. If there is sufficient interest at other schools, additional sites may open.

No-school Days

Send your kid on an adventure when schools are not in session! No-school days are offered at three Springfield Public Schools locations. Programs will be offered during the 2021-22 school year, as long as staffing resources are available and 15-student enrollment minimums are met.
See the calendar.

  • Locations: Centennial, Mt. Vernon, and Thurston elementary schools
  • Feb. 4, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • March 18, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Daily fee: $45 in-district, $54 out-of-district
  • Register here


Looking for childcare during school breaks? Check the camps page.

sign up image
sign up for our e-newsletters