Rosie Holmes, Director

Telephone: 616-819-2165
Fax: 616-819-3675

The LOOP program provides elementary and middle school kids a safe, fun place to learn about themselves and the world around them.

LOOP is free in the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and offers academic support (tutoring, homework assistance, etc.) by certified teachers. The program also has an array of youth GRPS Loop After School Programenrichment activities including recreation, arts and cultural activities, field trips, and more.

Camp Fire USA,  United Methodist Community House (UMCH) and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids manage the after school sites in collaboration with GRPS. These providers have expertise in youth development and coordinate with many other community partners to provide a variety of youth enrichment activities.

The goal of LOOP is to meet the out-of-school time needs of area children. In a recent community survey, 90 % of parents said after school programs are an important part of helping their children achieve academically and personally, and 87% of parents said they would like to see an after school program for kids in every public elementary and middle school.

The LOOP after school program was developed through the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Initiative in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The ELO Initiative is a coalition of over 120 community partners.

For more information or to register your child, please call GRPS Office of Extended Learning at 819-2165.

Vision:

To enhance the academic, personal and emotional success of our students during after-school programming.

Mission Statement:

To build on school day academics, positive behavior interventions, collaborate with the community in providing enrichment opportunities for our students while promoting a sense of belonging and working with the whole child.

Program Components:

The Loop is a school year program. Programs are offered 32 weeks during the school year for 2.5 to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. In addition, students may participate in 6 to 8 weeks of summer program offered 5 hours a day. School year programs begin immediately following the final bell and ends between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. A typical schedule includes:

· Attendance and Snack
· Academic Support Hour-homework help, Tutoring, Loop curriculum, Lego, Computers
· Enrichment Hour-health and fitness activities, character education, youth development
· Field trips
· Transportation home for students attending 3 or more days a week

Contracted youth development professionals (YMCA, Camp Fire USA) are hired to deliver site management and enrichment programs. GRPS hires certified teachers to deliver and supervise academic support services.

Service Delivery Model:
The Loop program staff is expected to adhere to adult/child ratios at all times:
First grade -18 yrs / 1:18.