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After School Playground Programs for Andres and Maria Cardenas Elementary
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Youth Services currently operates after school playground programs at 564 elementary and middle schools and serves an average of 42,000 children daily. The goals of the program are to provide wholesome, supervised enrichment, fitness and sport activities in safe neighborhood environments. The program emphasizes physical fitness that develops basic movement skills, strong and healthy bodies, teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperative social skills and activities that reinforce the skills learned in the regular instructional program. In addition, the tenets and teaching model of the national CHARACTER COUNTS! program is implemented to instill and reinforce the back-to-basics effort to build good character in our youth.


At LA’s BEST, children go straight into the program after the last bell rings, without ever leaving school grounds. From Sun Valley to San Pedro, El Sereno to Venice, students at 194 elementary schools across LAUSD are greeted after their last class of the day with a nutritious snack, help with their homework, and exciting things to do and learn.

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