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Where to Find Free After-School Activities for Immigrant Children in New York


Alina Prikhodko

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New York City has many free after-school programs for children ages 6 to 13, regardless of immigration status. These programs take place weekdays from 15:00 pm to 18:00 pm and provide participants with academic and physical support in a safe environment.

In addition, these programs offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) classes, media education, sports and fitness, team building activities and more. They complement what children learn at school and promote a sense of belonging.

To enroll their children, parents must come to the location of their choice with a completed program application and program agreement. You will find them here. They must also bring an updated medical form and the child's birth certificate.

Where can you access free afterschool programs in New York City?


  • Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street
  • Williamsbridge Oval, 3225 Reservoir Oval E

For more information about after-school programs in the Bronx, contact Debra Edwards, Bronx Coordinator, at (718) 430-1847 or email [email protected].


  • St. John's Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place
  • Sunset Park Recreation Center, 7th Avenue at 43rd Street

For more information about Brooklyn afterschool programs, contact Ben Campbell, Brooklyn Program Coordinator, at (718) 965-8938, (332) 999-8526 or by email [email protected].


  • Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue
  • ARROW Field House, 35-30 35th Street
  • Sorrentino Recreation Center, 18-48 Cornaga Avenue

For more information, contact the Queens Recreation office at (718) 393-7370.


  • Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center, 80 Catherine Street

For more information, contact Christina Luna at (212) 408-0243 or email [email protected].Staten Island.

Staten Island

  • Graniteville Field House at Jennifer's Playground, Jules and Regis Drive
  • Walker Park Field House, 50 Bard Avenue

For more information, contact Dana Vitolo at (718) 816-8103 or email [email protected].

Free sports programs

There are many free sports programs available in New York City for children ages eight and older. Through the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, they can sign up for baseball, football, basketball, tennis, cycling, street hockey, golf and many other sports.

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To attend these programs, participants must be registered members of the recreation center. To find out more about which program is right for your child, you can contact your area's sports coordinator.

Free after-school programs for teens

Teen programs offer a variety of activities throughout the year to suit a variety of interests. Sports, swimming, fitness, dancing, art instruction, homework help, cooking and computer master classes, participation in social life, as well as trips outside the center to museums and theaters. These programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for teens to learn and develop new skills, make friends and create lasting memories. These programs are free and open to everyone, regardless of immigration status.

  • Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue
  • St. Mary's Recreation Center, East 145th Street & St. Ann's Avenue
  • St. John's Recreation Center, Prospect Place between Troy & Schenectady
  • Sorrentino Recreation Center, 18-48 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway
  • J. Hood Wright Recreation Center, 351 Fort Washington Avenue, Washington Heights
  • Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Boulevard.
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