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PRE-K AND DAYCARE SERVICES

There are many child-care options for children that are younger than 5 years old. The purpose of daycare is to supervise children. Some daycare programs may also offer academic help or enrichment activities. Many daycare programs serve children from 6 weeks to 12 years old and have extended hours that match parents’ work schedules. Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is designed to prepare children to start elementary school and provides academic help and enrichment activities.

Many Pre-K programs serve children who are 4 years old on or before September 1st and have regular elementary school hours. There are three types of Pre-K programs:

Private
Private Pre-K programs are not affiliated with the government and may be located in their own school building or in someone’s home. They are required to meet certain standards but may design their own curriculum. Some private Pre-Ks have extended hours.
Bright from the Start
Bright from the Start Pre-K programs are paid for by the State of Georgia and follow Georgia’s standards and curriculum. These Pre-K programs may be located in their own school building, in someone’s home, or in public schools.
Head Start
Head Start Pre-K programs are paid for by the federal government and follow federal standards and curriculum. These Pre-K programs may be located in their own school building, in someone’s home, or in public schools.

Day care and Pre-K can be very expensive. Some programs, like Bright from the Start and Head Start, are free or provide financial assistance. Because there are more children than there are free Pre-Ks, it is important children are registered as early as possible AND register at more than one Pre-K.

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AFTER-SCHOOL SERVICES

Many organizations offer after-school programs that will help children with homework, build English language and literacy skills, provide enrichment activities, and provide additional supervision for children whose parents work. Some programs are free or offer financial assistance. Contact the child’s school or resettlement agency to learn about local programs.

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SUMMER SERVICES

Some organizations offer summer camps that provide academic help, build English language and literacy skills, and provide a variety of enrichment activities like swimming lessons and field trips. Some programs are free or offer assistance. Contact the child’s school or resettlement agency to learn about local programs.

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YOUTH RESOURCES

ENGLISH SERVICES

Friends of Refugees
The Mommy and Me Refugee Family Literacy Program is for women and their children 5 years or younger who have been in the U.S. 5 years or less. Includes English, parenting, and life skills classes.
3895 Church Street, Clarkston 30021
404-323-0260
http://www.mommyandmefamilyliteracy.com/
$10 per month

PRE-K AND DAYCARE SERVICES

DeKalb County Public Pre-Ks
Provides free Pre-K classes in elementary schools. Go to the local elementary school to enroll.
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain 30083
678-676-0379
www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/prekindergarten-program

Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start programs provide intensive assistance to families and their young children. Head Start serves families with children in Pre-K and Early Head Start serves families with children from birth through Pre-K.
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Jolly Elementary
Provides a refugee-friendly Pre-K class beginning Fall 2014.
1070 Otello Avenue, Clarkston 30021
687-676-1200
http://www.jollyes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/

Partnership for Community Action
Provides Head Start and Early Head Start. Visit their website to see their locations.
815 Park North Boulevard, Clarkston 30021
404-537-4300
www.pcaction.org/viewcontent.php?pid=50&id=

Scottdale Child Development Center
Provides early child care (6 weeks to 3 years) and Bright from the Start and Head Start Pre-K programs.
479 Warren Avenue, Scottdale 30079
404-294-8362
http://scottdale.org/

Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center
Provides affordable child care to children 6 weeks to 5 years old.
350 East Lake Boulevard, Atlanta 30317
404-373-6430
www.shelteringarmsforkids.com

YMCA
Provides Pre-K and Head Start programs. Go to the website for local locations.
www.ymcaatlanta.org/preschool

AFTER-SCHOOL SERVICES

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
Offers homework help, life skills, and tutoring for low-income students at their office (elementary, middle, and high school students), Clarkston Community Center (high), Indian Creek Elementary (elementary), Marquis Parc Apartments (elementary, middle, and high), Live Oak Plaza (elementary), Woodgate Apartments (elementary), and Holy Spirit Catholic Center (elementary and middle).
3510 Shallowford Road NE, Chamblee 30341
770-936-0969
www.icpacs.org

Clarkston Community Center
Provides open play soccer and other sports on Fridays, violence prevention meetings for teens, and an after school program for elementary school students that provides homework help and enrichment activities.
3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021
404-508-1050
www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Clarkston First Baptist Church
Provides homework help, tutoring and enrichment activities for students in elementary and middle school.
3999 Church Street, Clarkston 30021
404-292-5686 ext.239
clark1b@clarkstonfbc.org

International Community School (ICS)
Provides homework help and enrichment activities such as soccer, tennis, swimming, dance, origami, and chess for ICS students.
2418 Wood Trail Lane, Decatur 30033
404-499-8969
http://icsgeorgia.org/

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides homework help, community engagement, and assistance with post-secondary applications for Clarkston High School students.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-292-7731
www.rescue.org

Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG)
Provides homework help and enrichment activities for refugee and immigrant students at Clarkston High and Indian Creek Elementary.
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1800, Atlanta 30303
404-875-0201 or 800-351-2066
www.lsga.org

New American Pathways
Provides homework help and enrichment activities for refugee and immigrant students attending McLendon and Jolly Elementaries, International Student Center, and Freedom Middle School.
2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta 30345
404-299-6099
www.newamericanpathways.org

Soccer in the Streets
Provides elementary, middle, and high school students weekly soccer trainings at or near their schools.
250 Auburn Avenue, Suite 601, Atlanta‎ 30303
1-888-436-5833
www.soccerstreets.org

Somali American Community Center (SACC)
Provides homework help and enrichment activities for kindergarten – 5th grade students.
436-D N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston 30021
404-296-1308
http://www.somaliaccatl.org/

YMCA
Provides homework help and enrichment activities both in schools and at YMCA sites. Financial assistance available. Go to the website and find your child’s school for YMCA programs and contact information.
www.ymcaatlanta.org/afterschool

YOUTH EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES

DeKalb County Sports Associations
Open to youth in DeKalb County who want to play sports. Different leagues and sports have their own sports association.
www.co.dekalb.ga.us/parks/pdf/youth_sports_associations.pdf

SUMMER SERVICES

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
Provides a summer camp for low-income elementary, middle, and high school students. Participants will receive academic help and enjoy enrichment activities and fieldtrips.
3510 Shallowford Road NE, Chamblee 30341
770-936-0969
www.icpacs.org

Friends of Refugees
Provides a summer camp for refugee and immigrant 1st – 8th grade students. Participants will receive academic help and enjoy enrichment activities like crafts, music, and games.
P.O. Box 548, Clarkston 30021
404-292-8818
http://friendsofrefugees.com/

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides a summer enrichment camp for refugee high school students who have been in the U.S. 1 month to 3 years. Also provides a summer internship program for refugee high school students who have been in the U.S. 3 to 5 years.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
404-292-7731
www.rescue.org

New American Pathways
Provides a summer camp for refugee and immigrant students from 1st – 6th grade. Participants will receive academic help and enjoy enrichment activities like computer classes and fieldtrips.
2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta 30345
404-299-6099
www.newamericanpathways.org

Scottdale Child Development Center
Provides a summer camp that includes academic, social, and enrichment activities.
479 Warren Avenue, Scottdale 30079
404-294-8362
http://scottdale.org/

YMCA
Provides summer camps for children 5 – 13 years old. Financial assistance available. Go to the website to find local camps.
www.ymcaatlanta.org/summer-camp



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