Welcome to the Caroline After School Program (CASP)!

CASP will not be offering in-person care for fall 2020 but we have some exciting news to share with you...
Please join us this fall for Virtual CASP! Details are in the pictures below. This new, live, enriching and engaging program is open to any child K-6 in Ithaca and surrounding areas. Questions? Send us an email at nhelms@icsd.k12.ny.us. We look forward to having lots of FUN together!
November 2020 Virtual CASP Calendar & More Information 

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.