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Free and Cheap After School Programs for LA Kids!

One of the major concerns for parents is to keep the kids active and engaged after school. If you are on a tight budget, you should know that there are so many after school programs that are inexpensive or cheap and are mostly offered at your own kids' school. Take a look at our list to find out the best match for your kids.

Beyond the Bell

Type: Academic

Levels: Elementary+

Location: Los Angeles

Contact: (213) 249-7900

The mission of the Beyond the Bell is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day (before and after school and Saturdays). Parents should request an application directly from your schools' after school provider.

Star Nova

Type: Academic, STEAM, Arts, Sports

Levels: Elementary+

Location: LAUSD


STAR Education offers a wide breadth of exciting and original STAR NOVA enrichment classes in the areas of Academics, STEAM Education (science, technology, engineering, art and math), Language, Performing Arts, Sports & P.E., Recreation, Visual and Media Arts and so much more! STAR NOVA enrichment classes take place once or twice a week, allowing for a university quality class with a more individualized approach tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. STAR collaborates with artists in residence, universities, and professionals in each field to create stimulating classes that give each student invigorating insight into the real world.

Star Galexy

Type: Academic, Homework lab, Sports

​Levels: Elementary+

Location: LAUSD


STAR Galaxy offers a balance of academic support, enrichment classes, fitness and recreation programs as well as special events on campus, community events and activities. It’s a recipe for a balanced childhood and a preparation for future success! STAR Galaxy offers a daily dose of scheduled classes, August through June, from the end of the school day until 6 pm. Students rotate through group tutoring, a homework lab, sports/fitness/recreation, and enrichment classes.


Type: Academic

Levels: Elementary to High School

Location: Los Angeles

Contact: (310) 671-4400

ARC is an award-winning, nationally recognized after school and experiential education provider. ACR bridges the opportunity gap by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential, serving 19 high schools, 16 middle schools, 2 K-8 schools, and 15 elementary schools in the Los Angeles area.​


Type: Academic, Art, Sports

Levels: Middle School to High School

Location: Los Angeles

Contact: (323) 957-6481

The award-winning L.A.C.E.R. After-school Programs provide middle and high school students in Los Angeles with free arts, athletics, and academic activities after school. By allowing young people the opportunity to expand their learning, improve their skills and develop new ones in a safe, supportive setting, L.A.C.E.R. fosters scholastic achievement, self-confidence, and good citizenship.

Classes and supplies are free to all students, with a nutritional snack served daily. The program operates five days a week from immediately after school until 6:00 pm. To enhance learning, weekend and evening field trips to cultural and sporting events are scheduled throughout the school year. Check the website to see if your child’s school is on the participating schools list.


Type: Academic, Sports

Levels: Elementary

Location: Santa Monica

Contact: (310) 458-8540

The CREST programs are available to students attending SMMUSD schools. It is an easy way for parents to add more fun to their child's day with before, after, and out-of-school activities that appeal to a broad range of interests. The highly-trained, professional staff work with children year-round, right at their school site! Check the website to see if your school is one of the participant.

Los Angeles Public Libraries

Type: Academic

​​​Levels: Elementary+

Location: Los Angeles

Contact: Click here

Most Public Libraries offer variety of free after-school programs and activities. Kids and teens can explore, create and experiment, and have fun at the same time. Variety of free STEAM-related programs and workshops are offered which will inspire and motivate kids and teens with fun, hands-on learning activities. Contact your nearest public library to learn more!

THINK Together

Type: Academic

​​​Levels: K-8th Grade

Location: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County,

San Bernardino County

Contact: Click here

THINK Togehter's Afterschool Expended Learning Programs provide meaningful academic and enrichment activities to K-8 students. THINK Together Afterschool programs keep kids safe, provide them with homework support and dynamic learning time, while helping working families. THINK Together's curriculum is focused on English Language Arts, Math, STEM, Youth Development, and Arts & Enrichment. THINK Together programs are available in schools and at sites in the Bay Area, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County. Contact THINK Together to find out if this program is available at your school.


Type: Academic

​​​Levels: Elementary

Location: Los Angeles County

Contact: (213) 978-0801

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 193 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. Click on the link above to see if your school is a participant.

LA County Parks & Recreation Centers

Type: Sports, Homework Club

​​​Levels: Elementary+

Location: Los Angeles County

Contact: Click here

Various LA County Parks and Recreation Centers offer after-school programs, and a fun place to meet new friends, receive healthy snacks and receive helpful homework assistance. The After School Programs are managed by trained recreation staff and ensure participants a balanced curriculum of fun and educational activities. Click here for locations.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Type: Sports, Art, Homework Club, Technology

​​​Levels: Elementary+

Location: Los Angeles County


For a minimal annual membership, kids can take part in the club’s sports, arts, homework help, and computer lab, and even eat a free snack while they’re doing it at Boys and Girls Club. Many local clubs offer daily transport from the public school to the club for an extra annual fee. Find your nearest location near you here.


Type: Sports, STEM, Art

​​​Levels: Kindergarten through Middle School

Location: Various locations

Contact: 1-800-872-9622

There are nearly 10,000 local kids’ programs across the country at YMCA. The YMCA is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting their unique youth development journeys. At more than 1,000 YMCA sites nationwide, youth are engaged in year-round activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed.


Type: Academic, Homework Club

​​​Levels: Elementary through High School

Locations: Echo Park & Mar Vista

Contacts: (213) 413-3388 & (310) 915-0200

826LA provides a variety of free programming for students ages 6–18, designed to challenge and enchant while strengthening writing skills. During the school year, 826LA offers tutoring Monday through Thursday, for students ages 6–11; and in the evening, Tuesday and Thursday, for students ages 11-18. Students gather into our writing labs at both 826LA in Mar Vista and 826LA in Echo Park to complete their homework, read, and respond to writing prompts based on a monthly theme.

Daily writing prompts are posted for students when they complete their homework and reading.


Type: Academic, Homework Club

​​​Levels: Kindergarden through High School

Locations: Los Angeles County and Lucerne Valley

Contact: (323) 957-4426


Founded in 2002 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, ASAS-LA serves over 14,000 students annually and average 6,000 students a day at 48 schools throughout the Los Angeles County and Lucerne Valley, offering a broad enrichment curriculum and homework help. After-School All-Stars' mission is to educate, enlighten, and inspire young people by providing exciting and dynamic opportunities for their success, while cultivating students’ self-esteem, leadership and respect for one another to help build healthier communities. Contact ASAS-LA to find out if this program is offered at your school.


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