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Youth Programs

ABOUT US

Our Mission: Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing creative thinking through recreation and leisure activities.

Our Vision: To become the premier destination for out-of-school time care.

Youth Programs is the ideal place for children to develop social skills in a caring, compassionate environment.  We foster ‘teachable moments’ where children learn how to interact in a group setting.  We like to call it a 1:10 scale of society!

List of Programs

Are you looking for a before and after school program that is a fun and safe place for your kids to be?

Newport News Parks and Recreation-Youth Programs is the place to be! We offer a great program that gives kids the opportunity to be active, create, make friends and more all while in a safe and fun environment. We make sure that all of our activities are structured in accordance with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Child Care Health and Safety.

We take great strides in keeping our programs’ licenses up to date so that you can feel comfortable in knowing that you’re receiving a quality childcare experience at an affordable price. Our staff have many years of experience working with kids of all ages. Our program includes care from 6:00 A.M. to the start of school and then from school dismissal to 6:30 P.M. where we provide an afternoon snack/supper.

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Download the Parent Guide

Prior to registering for our program, please be sure to download and fully complete (If Applicable) a 

VA Medication Administration Form

VA Asthma Action Plan

VA Food Allergy. Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan

VA School Physical. Immunization Form

Once you have filled out all the necessary fields, you can submit the form via the parent portal or hand-deliver it to your child’s site. Please note that registration WILL NOT be considered complete until all required documentation has been received. This includes verification of your child’s birth certificate, shot records, school entrance physical form, and the online registration packet that must be completed and approved.

NOTE: We must have an updated physical when:
1. Your child enters the Early Childhood Program.
2. Your child is transitioning from the Early Childhood Program to Kindergarten.
3. Your child is transitioning to the 6th grade.

NOTE: We must have an updated immunization record when your child receives the T-Dap shot.
(Usually by 7th Grade)

OUR PROGRAM 

Inclusion is a service that will assist in ensuring that individuals are presented with the opportunity to participate in our programs and facilities in an inclusive environment. This means, there will be no separation of services, as we will strive to make accommodations that allow for optimum success in our programs and facilities. We will make every reasonable effort to assist individuals who have barriers (i.e. physical disabilities, behavioral/mental health issues, and cognitive deficits) to empower and foster optimum participation. 

Staff Training: The Inclusion division is comprised of an Inclusion Supervisor and multiple Inclusion Specialists. The role of the Inclusion team is to assess, monitor, adapt, and review the needs /behaviors of an individual requiring inclusion services.  Staff is trained on the various populations served. Staff also has experience working in an inclusive environment. Ongoing training will be provided.  

Programming: Inclusion staff will work hand in hand with Programming staff to ensure appropriate activities are offered. If adaptations to activities need to be made, then such will be done.  Alternatively, a participant may choose a different activity to participate in if they feel uncomfortable or incapable of participating in the planned activity presented.  

For Interested Persons 

While we offer reasonable accommodations to support an individual’s success, we may not be an appropriate program for all. There are a few things that must be noted.  Upon registration, or through a prescreening process, it will be asked that an individual has the ability to do the following: 

  • Ambulate independently (without the need of another individual) 
  • Independent toileting  
  • Possess communication skills.  
  • Independent feeding 
  • Some of the adaptations made are listed below: 
  • Adaptive Equipment/ Adaptation of Activities 
  • Behavior Support Plan 
  • Individualized Disability Awareness Training for Staff /Increased Supervision (Inclusion Specialist) 
  • Architectural Accessibility 
  • Students with an IEP may be bussed to alternate programs with the highest probability of success due to factors such as program size, if NNPS transportation is available for this request.  

If you are interested in these services: 

  • Please call Inclusion Supervisor at 926-1400 
  • A prescreening will take place via the phone or in person. Inclusion Supervisor will ask pertinent questions concerning the child’s diagnosis and needs as presented in a school environment.  
  • If the child qualifies for care based upon the prescreening, the parent and child will be asked to attend an assessment to define the child’s needs or level of functioning.  
  • If the Inclusion staff are unsure of the assessed child’s ability to maintain success in Youth Programs, a trial of care may be suggested in order to ensure this child is receiving the services needed for optimum inclusion.  

In event that Youth Programs is not able to make reasonable accommodations for a child’s needs as determined through a prescreening, assessment, or trial period enrollment: 

  • If this assessment demonstrations Youth Program’s inability to provide care at the current time, referrals will be provided for resources outside of Youth Programs.  
  • Referrals will be made to local agencies, physicians and clinical professionals, community/non-profit groups, and school resources. 

For any questions pertaining to the information provided, please contact (757)926-1400. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Click the Flyer to Register for the GALA.

These programs are available for children ages 3 to 4. Children must be potty-trained and not enrolled in kindergarten.

The full day early childhood care program is a Virginia state licensed child day center program at:

These programs follow an early childhood curriculum, encourage enrichment programs throughout the day, offer conflict resolution and outdoor play, afternoon nap time along with an afternoon snack.

Open 6:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Youth Program provides supervised activities on most school holidays for an additional fee. Holiday programs for Winter Break, Spring Break, and the last two weeks of summer camp are paid consolidations. 

*During Winter, Spring and Summer consolidations; all participants must be pre-registered. Account holders will log onto their parent portal account, change the site to Denbigh Community Center or Brittingham-Midtown Community Center along with the date desired and proceed with successfully enrolling your participant. The system will prompt you to remit full payment at time of enrollment and there are no refunds during any consolidation programs.

On certain holidays Youth Programs may consolidate further based upon anticipated participant numbers. Consolidation sites may change based upon unforeseen circumstances or special situations, i.e. Election Day. 

WINTER BREAK PROGRAM

Blizzard Bonanza will operate at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center from 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

 

SPRING BREAK PROGRAM and SUMMER CONSOLIDATION 

Spring Fling and Summer Jams will operate at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center & Denbigh Community Center from 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

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SUMMER JAMS

Youth Programs knows that today’s world is full of competing stimuli simply vying for your child’s attention. We make sure that all of our activities are structured in accordance with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Child Care Health and
Safety. We take great pains to keep our programs’ licenses up to date so that you can be comfortable in knowing that you’re getting quality care at an affordable price.

Prior to registering for our program, please be sure to download and fully complete (If Applicable) a 

VA Medication Administration Form

VA Asthma Action Plan

VA Food Allergy.Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan

VA School Physical.Immunization Form

When the form is fully completed, upload it in the system via parent portal or hand carry it into your child’s site. Registrations are not complete until you have turned in all required documentation: Verification of birth certificate, shot records, school entrance physical form, and completed and approved online registration packet.

NOTE: We must have an updated physical when:
1. Your child enters the Early Childhood Program.
2. Your child is transitioning from the Early Childhood Program to Kindergarten.
3. Your child is transitioning to the 6th grade.

NOTE: We must have an updated immunization record when your child receives the T-Dap shot.
(Usually by 7th Grade)

Register for the “2023 Youth Programs Summer Camp”

2022-23 Parent Handbook

All weekly users will pay no additional charge for full days. For half days, weekly users will be covered for the session that they have paid for. For example, morning only users will not pay additional fees for morning delays.

However, if coming back in the afternoon, these users will pay for a full-time week if they choose to use an afternoon session. Afternoon only users will not pay additional fees for half days, however if they need to attend a morning session for any reason, they will pay the full-time rate for the week. Full time users will not pay additional fees for half days.

During NNPS teacher workdays Youth Programs will operate at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center &
Denbigh Community Center from 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

During OLMC teacher workdays Youth Programs will operate at OLMC from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Winter Break Programs will operate at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center from 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Click the Flyer to Register!

Click the Flyer to Apply!

Inclement Weather

  1. School Delay: If school is delayed due to inclement weather, our programs will adhere to the same delay.
  2. School Closed Early: If school is closed early due to inclement weather, our staff will be there for the early dismissal, and our programs will close at 5:00 PM.
  3. City Closes Early: If the City closes early (before 5:00 PM) due to inclement weather, our programs will close at the earlier time. Parents/guardians will receive a call from staff stating that the program is closed, and participants need to be picked up as soon as possible.
  4. School Closed: If school is closed due to inclement weather, Youth Programs will offer care at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM. Participants must bring their own lunch and snacks.
  5. City Closed: If the city is closed, Youth Programs will be closed as well and no care will be provided.

For more information/clarification of operations during a storm or inclement weather, check out our Youth Programs LinkTr.ee or check your center’s voicemail for general announcements.