Finding suitable before and after school care can often be a necessity for working parents. As you look for a program for your children, you’ll want to consider your specific scheduling needs, where your children attend school, if transportation is needed and/or provided, your children’s ages and interests, and your budget. Some of the public and private schools have their own before and after school programs. If a school has a program, that information is included under the Public and Private School sections.
As with preschools, there isn’t a single, inclusive listing of before and after school programs in the local area. The following programs are just a few that are available and the Air Force does not sponsor or endorse the non-base agencies on this list. To find additional before and after school programs, go to our Preschool web page and use the search resources listed there.
Douglas School District – Carrousel
421 Don Williams Dr
Douglas School District offers before and after school programs for children kindergarten-fifth grade. The programs run from 0700 to 0745 and 1500 to 1700 and follow the regular school district calendar. The kindergarten and first grade students attend the program at Carrousel, second and third grade students attend the program at Francis Case, and fourth and fifth grade students attend the program at Vandenberg.
Ellsworth Youth Center
1679 Ellsworth St, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
The Ellsworth Youth Center offers a before and after school program from 0615 to the start of school and from the time school ends until 1730. They provide busing to and from Douglas schools for a fee. The Youth Center and Teen Center have other programs as well.
Youth Center Virtual Tour
Fit-N-Fun – Just Jymnastics
3660 Sturgis Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702
Fit-N-Fun provides an after school program for ages 5-12 years old. The program runs from the time school ends until 1800 and provides busing from the following Rapid City Area Schools: Robbinsdale, Canyon Lake, Meadowbrook, Corral Drive, West, Wilson, Horace Mann, South Canyon, Black Hawk, Piedmont, and West Middle School. They also have an onsite Fit-N-Fun on the RUN program at Pinedale Elementary.
Rapid City Club for Boys
320 N 4th St, Rapid City, SD 57701
The Rapid City Club for Boys provides an after school program for boys age 6-17 years old. The program runs from 1330 to 2030 and provides busing from designated Rapid City Area Schools.
YMCA of Rapid City
815 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701
The YMCA of Rapid City has a number of before and after school programs. The before school programs are offered at the YMCA from 0630 to the start of school and busing is provided to most Rapid City Area Schools.
The after school programs are offered at either the YMCA or at the following Rapid City elementary schools – Black Hawk, Canyon Lake, Corral Drive, Grandview, Meadowbrook, Rapid Valley, Robbinsdale, South Canyon, South Park, Valley View and Willson. These programs run from the time school ends to 1800.
Youth and Family Services – Girls Inc
120 E Adams St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Girls Inc is an after school program for girls age 6-17 years old. The program runs from 1430 to 2000 and provides busing from designated Rapid City Area Schools.