What to know about before and after school programs in Clark County

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By Emilia Pablo

August 15, 2023

As Clark County parents rush to take their kids back to school this year and look for a place to put their kids before and after school, they may want to consider the county’s Safekey program.

Safekey is a before and after school program offered for students attending the nation’s fifth largest public school district in the nation, Clark County School District (CCSD), which covers students living in Las Vegas and surrounding cities. The school district has over 300,000 students K-12, however, Safekey is only for students attending kindergarten through eighth grade.

Safekey is offered during the school year, it is not available during the holiday breaks or the summer. The program starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., and the rates of enrolling your child in the program vary. You can only enroll online here.

There are three steps to enrolling, step 1 is to complete the registration form, step 2 is to pay for the registration, and step 3 is to pay for the days you would have your child at Safekey. The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, they do have limited spots.

The students as Safekey can participate in both indoor and outdoor activities, including at the playground. The program also offers group activities where children do arts and crafts. They also get an afternoon snack.

Another option is one of Clark County’s 30 recreation centers. For example, there’s the Hollywood Recreation Center in the East side of Las Vegas, an area where more than 60% of the population is Latino. This center offers an after school program, sports leagues, day camp, aquatics and other classes. For a list of all the community centers in Clark County, which includes surrounding areas in Las Vegas, such as Henderson, click here.

According to the Brookings research, Hispanic students make up 47% of CCSD students, compared to 27% of students in the US. By 2060, the Hispanic population is projected to constitute over a quarter of the US population.

  • Emilia Pablo

    Emilia Pablo Bazan is The Nevadan, El Nevadense Political Correspondent. She is an alumna from U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism with over 10 years of experience working in the television news industry. She's also a former speechwriter and press officer for the Obama administration and an Emmy award recipient.

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