Youth

ASTRO Academy, a holistic approach to health and education,

...is an afterschool program for children ages 5 - 16. Our dedicated team of child care professionals is led by Co-Founders Michael Kroian and Justin Pasquazzi who have been serving the community for over 8 years! Our program is offered Monday - Friday from 1 - 7 pm and includes snacks, dinner, homework help and tutoring, arts and sports activities, recreational time, weekly field trips, and free transportation for residents of area codes 02860-02863.

The program offers an innovative design for addressing health issues affected by the social determinants of health by educating children on how to define and achieve personal health goals. During the admission process, participants set their own personal health goals that are reviewed and revised every three months. ASTRO staff is properly trained to assist each student to find their own path to achieving their goals. Take the first step towards a better lifestyle. Set up an intake appointment today!

We Accept CCAP Waiver through the RI DHS

Self Pay options also available

Out of School Time Care

ASTRO Academy is laser focused on each individual members success in areas of our developmental goals:

Nutrition

In accordance with as ASTRO’s nutritional guidelines, members will be given healthier food choices, with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low sugar & low fat foods

Exercise

Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as: Heart disease and Cancer

Reduced Screen Time

The use of cell phones, computers, and television will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per day and restricted to academic topics only. Our goal is to provide alternatives for members from their devices, such as play boardgames, indoor games suchs as table tennis or table football, and other indoor recreational activities

Creative Thinking

Being creative fosters a child's desire to learn and supports intellectual development. Facilitators will encourage divergent thinking. This helps members to feel a sense of ownership in their learning which will help to maintain children's motivation and passion for in-depth learning.

Resourcefulness

Children learn to use and apply knowledge as they gain skills in planning, organizing, decision-making, and problem-solving. Together, these skills are the building blocks of resourcefulness. When children can imagine multiple outcomes, set their own objectives, experiment with new approaches, and negotiate challenges, they make important connections between knowledge and goal achievement

Teamwork

ASTRO members will foster friendships in the program, at school, and in their communities. Teaching these members how to create and maintain friendships and how to work as a team member  in class  projects & sports, members will develop the social skills necessary for a healthy and social life

Emotional Intelligence

Facilitators will be trained on modeling and teaching emotional intelligence. Members will develop emotional intelligence with these core tenets in mind:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-regulation.
  • Motivation.
  • Empathy.
  • Social awareness
  • Responsible decision making
  • Relationship skills
  • Avoiding peer pressure
Academic Success

ASTRO focuses on educational success and preparation for future academic challenges that center around Math, Science, and Language Arts concepts. ASTRO will offer homework help and tutoring for designated times during the program. Additionally, hands-on learning opportunities will be built into art, exercise, and gaming activities that support age level curriculum aligned with RICAS testing standards

ASTRO Academy is open Monday - Friday from 1-7 pm. Free transportation is available for members living in area codes 02860-02863. Snack and dinner are included every day

Come tour our facility and meet our staff: 120 Webster St. Pawtucket, RI 02861

A recreation center with learning opportunities around every corner

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Our program is funded by charitable contributions from wonderful people like you!