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Program Options

Many organizations in Albuquerque offer programs with a variety of activities, including: health and fitness, the arts, outdoor adventure, field trips, study time and opportunities for youth internships.

School-based programs

  • Schools provide a variety of extracurricular programs (from sports to drama and various clubs, etc.) that young people can be engaged with after school.
  • Before and after-school programs are available at many APS elementary schools and some middle and high schools in the district.
    • These programs provide a variety of activities, from homework help/tutoring to arts and crafts, field trips, recreation and study time.
    • Some programs are free of charge or allow for a sliding scale. Fees vary according to the agency providing the service.
    • Most programs have opportunities for parent involvement and some provide parent services as well.

Private programs

  • There are also a variety of private after school and tutoring providers/agencies throughout the city.
  • Many private child care centers provide before and after school care for school age children.


To find out if your student's school has a before and after school program click here or by calling your school

Qualifying for Assistance

Some families that qualify for the free or reduced meal program might also qualify for free before- and after-school programs with the City of Albuquerque. Learn more about the Free or Reduced Meal Program

Child Care Assistance Program

For families that qualify, the State Child Care Services Bureau will provide financial assistance for before and after school, and summer programs.

The Child Care Assistance Program  pays licensed programs in the state of New Mexico, on your behalf, fees that you would typically have to pay.  To be eligible, you must be from a low-income family that is working and/or is in school, have a need for childcare, and your child must be a U.S. citizen. The subsidy amount varies depending upon the age of the child, the type of child care, the location of the program, and the quality rating of the program. Not all before and after school and summer programs are licensed nor are they a member of the Child Care Assistance Program.

If you are looking for a program which accepts this subsidy, you should contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Service.

If you think that you are eligible, you are HIGHLY encouraged to apply.

For more information on Child Care Assistance, contact your regional Child Care Assistance office, or contact Cinthia Lopez by phone at (505) 827-7499 or 1-800-832-1321 or by email.

Other Financial Support

Most before and after school program providers offer reduced fees based on family income and/or the number of children in a family who attend the program. Ask your program provider which of the following they may offer:

  • Scholarships: The program would be free to you, but you may have to volunteer your time or support the program in another way.
  • Sliding Scale Fees: The amount you pay is less than the average rate, and is based on your income and/or the number of children you have enrolled in the program.

Please discuss these and other options with your provider, as often they are willing to work with you.