City, DPSCD partnership to provide 9 after-school centers through end of school year

Located within DPSCD schools, centers will be open to all Detroit youth ages 6-13.

City will provide programming including, chess & other board games, athletic activities and homework help.

Detroit youth ages 6-13 can sign up to attend nine after-school recreation centers across the city where they will have access to a range of activities, including chess and other board games, as well as various athletic and educational activities, Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced.

The new partnership is an outgrowth of the successful Summer Fun Centers the city and DPSCD opened at 16 schools over the summer.  The after-school centers are free of charge and will be open from 3-6 p.m. every school day through the end of this school year. Each of the city’s seven city council districts will have at least one center.

Here is the list of locations:

School Site Address District
JR King 15850 Strathmoor D1
Gompers Elementary-Middle 14450 Burt Road D1
Pasteur Elementary 19811 Stoepel D2
Mason Elementary 19955 Fenelon D3
Wayne Elementary 10633 Courville D4
Thirkell Elementary 7724 14th St. D5
Priest Elementary 7840 Wagner D6
Mackenzie Elementary-Middle 10147 W. Chicago D7
Gardner Elementary 6528 Mansfield D7

The After-School Rec Centers are available to Detroit children only. Parents must register their children online at or they can register in person at any of the nine DPSCD Detroit After School Centers.

“We are committed to providing our students with opportunities that support learning and the development of the whole child,” said Superintendent Vitti. “The opening of these centers helps to insure our students have access to engaging and productive environments outside of school hours, and further demonstrates the City’s commitment to providing safe spaces that promote learning.”

Similar to the Summer Fun Centers, the City of Detroit will provide and pay for recreational programming and a team of Play Leaders to supervise the children.  The nine locations are open to all Detroit children ages 6-13 regardless of whether they attend a public, charter or private school. The cost of the program is approximately $400,000 or about $45,000 per location.

Activities will include:

Self-Directed Time Instructor Led/Assusted Programs Leisure Activities
Card Games Homework Help Storytelling
Connect Four Tournaments Table Games Environmental Education Activities
Pictionary Cultural Games Ice Skating*
Chess/Checkers Gym Games Special Events*
Arts and Crafts Archery* Pistons Games*

“This is another great example of how the city and school district can work together to improve the quality of life for our young people,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.  “Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Vitti and his team, and the support of City Council, families in Detroit are going to have a new option for their children to have a safe and supportive place to play and learn after school.”


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