Kids playing dodgeball

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers after school programs for the community that foster youth development in a safe and caring environment. Our goal is to create opportunities for Kindergarten (5 years old) -12 years old to engage in critical thinking and exercise decision-making skills. The four core components of our after school programs include a healthy snack, active play, enrichment and homework help.

Important Announcement

Our top priority remains the safety, health and well-being of all participants, staff and the Austin Community. Please continue to remain vigilant and take all necessary steps to ensure you and your family remain healthy and are reducing the risk of illness across the Parks and Recreation Department and at home.  We are grateful for your participation in our programs and services. If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact us. For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and resources to keep you safe, please visit COVID-19 in Austin | AustinTexas.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.

Below is a summary of guideline changes that we ask you please read carefully:

Illness within a Program

If a participant has symptoms of COVID-19, or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they may be permitted to return to PARD programming only when the following conditions are met:

  • If the participant has had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and has not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should stay home and away from others until 24 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms resolved. If symptoms worsen during that time, contact your healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If a participant is diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of the facility for a minimum of ten (10) days after the onset of first symptoms. The participant may return under the following conditions:
    • If they had a fever, 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND they see an improvement in their initial symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); AND
    • Ten (10) days after symptom onset.
  • If a participant believes they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 but are not currently sick or showing symptoms, they should monitor their health for fever, cough or shortness of breath during the 14 days after they last had contact with the sick person with COVID-19. Public gatherings, such as camp and participation in programs, should be avoided for 14 days.
  • If a positive case is reported within camp, any individual deemed to be considered a close-contact will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from all PARD Programs.
    • PARD will provide a letter to all parents upon becoming aware of an active case, outlining whether their child is believed to be a close-contact or not.
    • A close-contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 ft. of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more.

Masking

  • In response to the Mayor’s Order issued on August 11, 2021, all youth program participants over the age of two (2) are required to wear a cloth face covering (mask) during program hours and while on or in City property, unless otherwise exempted. Face coverings should be provided by the parent/guardian. All PARD staff will be required to wear a cloth face covering (mask), as well as any parent/guardian picking up or dropping off participants.
    • Face coverings should not be placed on:
      • Children younger than 2 years old.
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.
      • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
      • A child with a significant behavioral or psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by a face covering.
      • A child with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask.
      • A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction.
      • Anyone participating in activities where the mask could get wet, like swimming or water play.
Program Documents and Forms

Participation Guidelines and Essential Eligibility - English (PDF)

Youth Registration Form - English  (PDF)

Youth Registration Form - Spanish (PDF)

Parent Handbook - English (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - English  (PDF)

Youth Financial Assistance - Spanish  (PDF)    

Child Care Ordinance (PDF)

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 2:45-6:00pm, except on City of Austin or school holidays. Below is a list of centers and the schools they serve by area:

North Austin 

Staff reading to children

Gus Garcia Recreation Center Barrington Elementary, Graham Elementary, Harmony Elementary, and Hart Elementary
Hancock Recreation Center Lee Elementary and Maplewood Elementary
Northwest Recreation Center Gullett Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, and Lamar Middle School
Turner Roberts Recreation Center Volma Overton Elementary 
Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center Pickle Elementary 

Central Austin 

Students learning Computer Programming

Givens Recreation Center Ortega Elementary, Sims/Norman Elementary, Oak Springs Elementary, and Blakshear Elementary
Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center Metz Elementary, Sanchez Elementary, and UT Elementary
Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan Am Recreation Center UT Elementary and Zavala Elementary
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center Blackshear Elementary, Brooke Elementary and Govalle Elementary
Delores Duffie Recreation Center Maplewood Elementary and Campbell Elementary 

South Austin

Two girls with thumbs up

Dittmar Recreation Center Casey Elementary, Cowan Elementary, Kocurek Elementary, and Williams Elementary
Dougherty Arts Center Zilker Elementary
George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center Palm Elementary, Perez Elementary, and Widen Elementary
McBeth Recreation Center  AISD Special Education Services (Therapeutic Afterschool Program - R.I.S.E.)
Montopolis Recreation Center Allison Elementary, Baty Elementary, and IDEA Montopolis
South Austin Recreation Center Galindo Elementary and Zilker Elementary