The Extended School Program (ESP) and the Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program (REAL) offer affordable, high-quality childcare. For nearly 30 years (beginning in 1993 at Stonewall Elementary), we have offered reliable after-school and summer care for Lexington's elementary and middle school students.
The ESP and the REAL programs share a partnership between Lexington Parks & Recreation and the Fayette County Public School system.
All staff participate in regular in-service training, receive required health tests, and pass criminal background checks.
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ESP is regulated by the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (922 KAR 2:090, 2:120, and 2:280) and adheres to strict staff to student ratios. The activities offered include homework assistance along with recreation and leisure activities. ESP operates from time of dismissal (2:35 p.m.) to 6 p.m. during the school day, or 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on full day camps. Each year, students must reapply to be accepted into the programs.
The Extended School Program is currently offered at the following elementary schools:
Started: 2006 – 2007
Services offered: After school, full days
Garrett Morgan Elementary
Julius Marks Elementary
Started: 2009 – 2010
Services offered: After school, summer camp
The Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program is an after school program for middle school students. The REAL program is affordable, maintains a low staff to student ratio, and offers a range of both recreational and educational activities for students. Each year, students must reapply to be accepted into the programs.
Morning session: 7 – 9 a.m. (Start of school)
Evening session: 4 – 6 p.m.
The program is currently offered at the following middle schools: