Gingerbread House is celebrating their 43rd year in service to the children of the Parker area; beginning in 1972, abundant classes have been offered to the youth in Parker. Recently, the Gingerbread House schedule has changed to serve the community’s after school students in the “After School Adventure Program” (ASAP) which serves age groups, 4 years through 12 , with a club type atmosphere where there is an abundance of fun, while learning, and accomplishing their homework.
Transportation is provided for area schools; and when checking in at 3:30 pm, children are greeted by a snack and a supportive group of teachers. Help with homework is provided by Molli Van Herreweghe, who also presents a craft daily; and fun including, Legos, pool, foosball, building opportunities, hearing and listening games and dress up garments, stores and a beauty shop. Helping children to accomplish feeling successful is playground specialist Tygrr Brennan.
Children attending “After School Adventure Program”, also decide their activities; many go to Mish Mash Studio for Cheer, Dance, Gymnastics, Modeling and Baton Twirling. Children can attend five, four, three or two days a week. Cost is $15 per afternoon; with $10 charged for those who are attending Mish Mash Studio as well.
All children are welcome. The caring atmosphere was started by Pop Harvey who was active in the park with games and swimming many years ago; and many parents, and now grandparents bring their children to this trusted venue for after school care, where they themselves, grew up.
Director Buni Hooper welcomes all; emphasizing that the parents always have an Open Door Policy with many joining in for crafts or snacks, when checking on their children. Many parents have enjoyed the Tea Parties, parachute play and active games where all are winners. The term “ASAP” has always been important to the facility as it also stands for “Always Say A Prayer”.
Assistant Director is Miranda Rogers, and Executive Assistant is Devin Hacker. Helping at the extracurricular classes are Stephanie Lujan, Raquel Reyna and Allayzia Brault; with parent partners being Nora Yackley, Jackie Humeumptewa and Denise Hamilton.
The center is Arizona State Department of Health Licensed and has received accolades’ from many organized children’s support services.
The Afterschool Program has received the “Best Afterschool Program” in the Tri State area, for serving young children. For more information, please call (928) 669-8319 or the Director at (602) 663-7250.