Salvation Army program provides after-school learning opportunities

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Working parents know how difficult it can be to figure out what to do with your kids once the school day ends.

The Salvation Army in Central Ohio has an option for parents that is proving to be a huge success. The Salvation Army has After School Learning Center Programs that have been operating since 1997. The centers now serve approximately 200 children.

There were only two locations equipped with the After School Learning Centers and now there are a total of four.

According to the Salvation Army 94 percent of the students participating have increased math and reading fluency.

In addition, the program was recently awarded a third 21st Century Grant from the Ohio Department of Education to expand its programming and provide money for transporting students to and from the learning centers.

Tinita Brooks has sent her daughter to the learning centers for three years and is thrilled about the progress her daughter has made.

“Wonderful. It changed her. It helped a lot. (It) got her ready for homework, got her ready for tests,” said Brooks.

Stephanie Shoup, Education Coordinator, The Salvation Army in Central Ohio, explains that students can learn at the centers in a variety of ways.

“The academic activities vary from just general enrichment activities that are hands-on all the way down to the small group activities that are focused on a specific skill and then sometimes even one-on-one interventions for students who are really performing low,” said Shoup.

The After School Learning Centers are free of charge however those wishing to participate will have to meet some income requirements

For a list of learning center locations: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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