Director of Extended Learning / WIA
The LOOP offers elementary and middle school kids a safe, fun place to learn about themselves and the world around them.
The LOOP is free in the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and offers academic support (tutoring, homework assistance, etc.) by certified teachers. The program also has an array of youth enrichment activities including recreation, arts and cultural activities, field trips, and more.
Camp Fire USA, City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, United Methodist Community House (UMCH) and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids manage the after school sites in collaboration with GRPS. These providers have expertise in youth development and coordinate with many other community partners to provide a variety of youth enrichment activities.
The goal of the LOOP is to meet the out-of-school time needs of area children. In a recent community survey, 90 % of parents said after school programs are an important part of helping their children achieve academically and personally, and 87% of parents said they would like to see an after school program for kids in every public elementary and middle school.
The LOOP after school program was developed through the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Initiative in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The ELO Initiative is a coalition of over 120 community partners.
For more information or to register your child, please call GRPS Office of Extended Learning at 819-2165. More on the LOOP................
The Loop is a high quality, well organized after school program offering an array of exciting academic and enrichment opportunities designed to enhance the academic and personal success of children.
The Loop after school program is a tool to connect the community with the social, emotional and academic needs of a child, thereby enhancing performance and improving behavior within the classroom.
The Loop is a school year program. Programs are offered 32 weeks during the school year for 2.5 to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. In addition, students may participate in 6 to 8 weeks of summer program offered 5 hours a day. School year programs begin immediately following the final bell and ends between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. A typical schedule includes:
· Attendance and Snack
· Academic Support Hour-homework help, Tutoring, Loop curriculum, Lego, Computers
· Enrichment Hour-health and fitness activities, character education, youth development
· Field trips
· Transportation home for students attending 3 or more days a week
Contracted youth development professionals (YMCA, Camp Fire USA, Parks and Recreation) are hired to deliver site management and enrichment programs. GRPS hires certified teachers to deliver and supervise academic support services.
Service Delivery Model:
The Loop program staff is expected to adhere to adult/child ratios at all times:
K-18 yrs / 1:18