Garrison Afterschool provides children with a happy and safe environment away from school to play, do homework, and experience fun activities. Our objective is to involve each child in a small-group environment which allows of the development of healthy self-concept, strong self-esteem, good social skills, and friendships. We strive to promote mutual respect, cooperation, and responsibility. We encourage each child with their particular strengths, while clearly defining boundaries and limits of respectful behavior.
The enrichment schedule at GAP is one of our most exciting features. We offer martial arts and Spanish full time while yoga, dramatic theater, pottery, and Bricks 4 Kidz are offered in four or five week segments. Cooking classes, art classes, gardening and other recreational activities are offered periodically. We always let our students and parents give input as to which enrichments they would like to see offered.
We recognize that children have had a full day at school and while needing structure they also need a safe space to unwind and decompress. We know that this process is different for every child - for some it is time in the sandbox, others bounce a ball hard against the wall or play four square. Some will read, some children will gather sticks and build structures on the dirt, others will gather the fallen camellia blossoms and sell them for one wood chip and still others have to get into the sensory room ... ( find out more about this under About Us)