Junior Kindergarten Programming Thrives at the Boys & Girls Club

Above Junior Kindergarten club member Antoni Martin plays with oversized legos in the JK and Kindergarten room at the Girls Club of Moody County.

(Flandreau, SD) – After community feedback reiterating an overwhelming need for Junior Kindergarten (JK) after-school care, Boys & Girls Club of Moody County extended enrollment to JK age youth to join their Kindergarten members in August 2022. The Club adjusted their facility to accommodate younger age members in their own space and maintains a 1 staff to 20 youth ratio. The program is now serving 10 members and actively accepting new members.
The Club has worked with the Flandreau School District to ensure the best care possible for youth of all ages within the community. JK and Kindergarten members walk to the Club after school accompanied by their teacher. While at the Club, they receive a free snack and evening meal and participate in stimulating, outcome-based programming that focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership.
“Private afterschool childcare is so hard to come by these days,” said Executive Director, Hailey Adams. “After the Flandreau Public schools added their JK program we decided it was our duty as a key community resource to step in and offer afterschool care to those families.”
Along with afterschool care, morning programming at the Club is offered for JK-5th graders. The Morning Program runs from 6:30 – 8:00 AM and provides a snack, homework help, and organized programming. Members then walk with a Club staff member to school for breakfast.
As the Club grows with the community’s needs, they will continue to prioritize providing a safe space for youth to grow and learn. To learn more about Boys & Girls Club of Moody County or support the Club through their Champion for Youth Annual Campaign, please visit www.greatfuturessd.org/moodycounty or call 605-692-3333.