Welcome to the Caroline After School Program (CASP)!

CASP offers a semi-structured program in a fun atmosphere primarily for children attending Caroline Elementary School. A balance of quiet and active play opportunities is available each day as well as a variety of arts, crafts, drama/music, group games, and team sports.

Objectives of CASP:
  • To provide a safe environment
  • To provide enjoyable and recreational activities
  • To provide engaging and enriching activities
  • To encourage children to assume individual responsibility
  • To foster both group and individual cooperation
  • To facilitate development of social interactions
  • To foster student health and wellness through a combination of physical activity and adequate nourishing food
  • To provide a quiet place for all children to do their homework
  • To help children develop a sense of identity and self-worth
  • To promote caring and friendship
  • To assist children in finding appropriate outlets for anger and frustration; to re-direct harmful and/or destructive tendencies
  • To help encourage autonomy
  • To provide contact with the larger community
  • To reduce gender-stereotyping tendencies
CASP offers —
  • A variety of activities including arts and crafts, cooking, structured and free play, science, multicultural activities, music, clubs, and more!
  • Special guests including Dan the Snake Man, Mike the Magician, musical performances by local individuals or groups, DJ Jerry Ladd and many more!
  • Theme parties and special events for children and families to enjoy!
CASP follows the Ithaca City Public School Calendar and is open on all regular school days from 2:00-5:30 P.M. CASP is also open on Staff Development Days and most school holidays and vacation days. Program hours on these days are 7:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Our Mission

The mission of the Caroline After School Program (CASP) is to provide high-quality, full and part time after school care and supplemental full-day care to area children in kindergarten through fifth grade. CASP will provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for enjoyable recreational activities that will foster:
  • Social skills (sharing, consideration, respect, sportsmanship and cooperation)
  • Sense of identity and self-worth
  • Individual responsibility
  • Emotional growth
  • Creative and artistic expression
CASP is a private, non-profit, parent-governed organization serving children and families in the Tompkins County area. Children are admitted to CASP on a first-come, first-serve basis. No student will be excluded solely on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, income, or special needs.