The Center for Youth and Community Development is the home of the Collaborating For Youth Coalition in Adams County. Over the past year, we have worked to build a platform for afterschool and summer services at no charge to families. These programs are important for many reasons. First, they provide a no-cost / high quality place for children to be in the afterschool hours. These programs are academically focused and staffed with teachers as well as other caring adults who help with homework. The programs provide fun science, literacy, and hands on learning projects. Caregivers can work without interruption after the school bell rings because all programs are in school building locations. So how did we secure this opportunity?

CFYCD applied competitively for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funding from the PA Department of Education. Currently we have an amazing opportunity for students in all of Adams County’s elementary and middle schools (except Gettysburg which is covered by our partner nonprofit Respective Solutions Group) to enroll in programs that run Monday to Thursday for 3 hours per day afterschool. Programs do not run on days that school is not in session and therefore caregivers should note that they are not a replacement for childcare when school is out.

Andrea Dolges is the executive director at The Center For Youth And Community Development and president of Respective Solutions Group Inc. She can be reached at or by phone at 717-338-0300.

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