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After School Program of Maplewood South Orange
13 Jefferson Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
The After School Program runs out of the YMCA on Jefferson as well as the headquarters on Dunnell Road.  The AfterMore School Academy of the Arts is an enrichment program for middle school students, which is run by a coalition of both Maplewood and South Orange as well as the South Mountain YMCA, the Board of Education, and other community advisors.
After School Program of Maplewood South Orange
124 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Headquartered in the Civic House on Dunnell Road, the After School Program of Maplewood South Orange is a private andMore non-profit program offered in all the elementary schools and middle schools in the two towns.

Activities for the After School Academy of the Arts (AAA), the recreational and enrichment program designed specifically for middle school students, also takes place at the center on Dunnell Road.

The AAA is a coalition between the two towns and their departments of Recreation and Cultural Affairs as well as South Mountain YMCA, the Board of Education, and community advisors.

Among the activities (both indoor and outdoor) are computers, sports, dance, yoga, double dutch, magazine publishing, arts, crafts, music (e.g., drumming), cartooning, sewing, and cooking. Financial aid for enrollment is also available.

12Comics Academic Superhero Summer Camp
73 3rd St, South Orange, NJ 07079
12Comics is an enrichment program, which enhances both creative and educational skills of children from first gradeMore through high school. Kids begin by creating their own superhero, either hand-drawn or computer generated and continue to develop comic strips, comic books and online movies. Founders Mark and Tracy Hair have developed a program consisting of a series of missions—including vocabulary, civics, science and history—which challenges students to be both thoughtful and perceptive. They learn computer skills, research proficiency, writing skills and group participation practices all while enjoying the vast world of superheroes. Summer sessions and after-school programs are offered.
Blue Life Karate & Fitness Centers
1809 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Headed up by world karate champion Durand Howard since 1993, Blue Life Karate Center offers martial arts training forMore children, teens and adults, and houses a NJ state licensed after school program.  Besides ranked instruction, classes include Ninjutsu, cardio kickboxing, Jitsu and a karate team that has picked up state and national championships. It serves over 200 kids and instructors have completed extensive training programs.

The afterschool program, which is open to children aged 6 to 13 years old, gives homework assistance, snacks and scheduled Martial Arts classes.   A summer day camp is offered as well.

Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040

The main branch of the Maplewood Library is across the street from Maplewood Middle School and typically thronged byMore students after school. There's a large children's section with story time sessions and other programming. There are two meeting rooms, which are available to non-profits free of charge. And there are 329 magazine titles and 10,000 audiovisual titles.

The library director is Sarah Lester.

The number to reach the Children's Room is 973-762-1560.

Dancesport4you Center
215 Rutgers St, Maplewood, NJ 07040

NJ Dance Center offers a wide variety of dance classes in ballroom and Latin, for all ages and skill levels. ItsMore focus is on children's classes for age 4 and over, including recitals for parents and an after school program. It has trained and dedicated European teachers on staff from whom you can learn all forms of dance.

NJ Dance Center previously rented space in other dance studios, but now it has its own space in Maplewood, which occupies the entire second floor of the building. The owners of the center are residents of South Orange who compete professionally at international events. For more information on the center, visit the Web site or call the number provided.

South Mountain YMCA
13 Jefferson Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Since 1970, the South Mountain YMCA, a branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, has been one of the largestMore providers of youth sports programs, summer day camps and childcare in the region. This sizable and bustling facility, full of enthusiastic hands-on instructors, serves residents of Maplewood, Millburn, Union and the Oranges as well as a few children from Newark.

Kids from K-5 public schools in the district are bussed to the facility for after-school care (including half days), which provides activities, homework assistance and snacks. It offers 65 specialty classes; take your pick from Picasso Painting, drama, dance (ranging from South African dance to creative ballet), Crazy Cooks or the vast array of youth sports, including basketball, tennis, Street Devils Floor Hockey, lacrosse and "kinder" sports.

Adult fitness and family programs (many of which are free) are available as well. Gymnastics is serious business here, with classes for parents and tots, preschoolers and elementary graders. The institution also has a girls’ team—The Aces—which competes throughout the state.

The facility may be booked for parties (birthdays, sports or teen dances, DJ provided). In the summer, YMCA hosts a 9-week day camp; activities include sports, creative dramatics, arts, science, swim instruction and field trips. Preschooler and teen adventure camps are available. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay.

Kumon Math & Reading
2130 Millburn Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Founded 50 years ago in Japan, the Kumon method is an after-school math and reading program that uses individualizedMore worksheets rather than a classroom or tutoring model. For 6 years, Christina Ngan has been teaching children ranging from preschoolers (who learn to count and read) through high schoolers (who focus on skills that enhance test-taking).

Enrollees take a placement test and are provided with material that targets their particular weaknesses. The learning system has more than 20 clearly defined skill levels and hundreds of short assignments that facilitate progression in manageable increments. An assignment that takes too long or has too many errors is repeated until mastered, thus ensuring optimal comprehension and retention of key concepts. Parents may enroll their children on a month-by-month basis.

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