RCN provides a great place for kids ages 5 – 12 to come before and after school. Our accredited program fosters healthy habits, good citizenship, and academic success in a safe, supportive environment.
The overall program offers children the opportunity to plan and carry out interesting activities allowing for diverse multicultural backgrounds and a different experience from school. It is a caring and relaxed atmosphere where the children's physical and emotional needs are met. In this environment, the children develop an enthusiasm for learning, exploring and creating. There is a planned schedule of activities based on the interests and choices of the children. There are opportunities for learning, enrichment activities, and positive interactions between staff and children. Mutual trust between school and home is developed through parent involvement.
Wrap-Around offers enrichment activities, including weekly thematic units, science, reading and writing activities, and group games. Children are served breakfast and afternoon snack. On full-day holidays, children will be served breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.
Children need a place to feel safe and secure in order to grow in self-confidence and develop friendships. The School Age program at Rochester Childfirst Network is organized to give each child the experience of making choices, accepting responsibility and increasing independence. Through various activities and interest areas these goals are accomplished. Some of these activities are as follows:
- Arts and Crafts
- Citizenship Development
- Community Involvement
- Computer Activities
- Dramatic Play
- Field Trips
- Games and Puzzles
- Outside Recreational Activities
- Reading Corner
- Science Experiments
Backyard Adventures SUMMER CAMP
For kids grades K-6
Come for one week or the whole summer!
The Backyard Adventures Summer Camp Program at RCN has provided a safe learning environment for thousands of kids for over 60 years.
It’s a wonderful place for kids to hang out, make friends, grow, and explore life! Located on 4+ shady acres near Highland Park, there is plenty of outdoor fun going on! Engaging themed activities, special events, weekly field trips, science, nature exploration, basketball and soccer.
Themed Programs Based on NYS Standards STEM, ELA and Literacy for Summer 2012
The curriculum planned will build personal relationships with each child so that they feel safe and welcome. It builds trust between adult and child and fosters trust between other children. RCN supports experiential learning along with creative curricula to reinforce academics, such as math and literacy. Studies show that children retain learning at a higher level when lessons are reinforced during long recess periods in the summer months.
Session 1 – June 25 – 29th
Getting to Know You!
(Building our Community) – A week of getting to know new friends and building relationships with fun team building activities! Relay races, games, sports, pass the bucket, role playing, morning shout-outs…children get to express their interests and show off their strengths!
Session 2 - July 2 – 13th
Movin’ & Groovin’ (Making connections with the history of Rochester, NY, - inspiring children with the arts) Campers will be immersed in different genres of music and playing unique instruments and learning all types of dance from break-dancing to line dancing. Children will learn the origins of breakdancing, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and line dancing…from country through modern (move to the right…). Children will also have the opportunities to learn how TECHNOLOGY has made a variety of music accessible around the world.
Session 3 – July 16 – 27th
Science in the Kitchen? (Inspiring future chefs & entrepreneurs) Nothing says science and mathematics like COOKING!
RCN has a beautiful new, fully equipped kitchen right in the classroom! For these two weeks, the focus will be on the creation of The RCN Diner! Children will create the menu, budget the cost for food, and then prepare snacks and meals. By the end of the 2-weeks, our young entrepreneurs will learn the excitement and responsibility of owning a small business. A visit to our own Public Market will be the highlight of this session. Child photographers will capture the experience using old-fashioned FILM!
Session 4 – July 30 – August 10th
Simple Machines & Crazy Chemists (Inspiring future Scientists and Engineers) Take out your lab coat and join us for some cool science experiments. Aligned with the NYS Learning Standards children will spend these two weeks exploring substances, building simple machines, and experimenting with STEM concepts such as Force, Motion, pulleys, fulcrum, levers, and other FUN concepts. Can your child pick up his or her teacher?? They will be able to do this effortlessly after this session!! The session ends with an exciting, child-created and led Science Fair celebrating their inventions, creations, and projects!
Session 5 - August 13- 24th
Handicrafts from Around the World – Influenced by the mission of One World Goods in Rochester, New York, campers will create their own art inspired by unique works from amazing artisans around the world. Rugs from Pakistan, Ceramics from Vietnam, musical instruments from Cameroon, Woven products from Guatemala, cut metal work from Haiti, and Olive wood products from the West Bank…these will be the inspiration for the children’s own unique expression. An exhibit of children’s work will fill the hallways of RCN at the end of this session.
Session 6 - August 27 – 31st
Splat – Join us for our end of summer party—complete with a child-created and presented talent show! Our celebration will include mud pies, slime, water play, splat-paint creations, and a Bounce House. A local band will perform as a way to celebrate the end of the summer, and beginning of a new school year!
Backyard Adventure Kids want to come back every year!