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Child Care Available:
Morning & Afterschool Care,
Winter, Spring and Summer Camps
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Youth Services Division
The Youth Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, which has been serving Cape Coral for over 30 years, offers child care and recreational programs to elementary and middle school aged youth of the community in a fun and safe atmosphere. To view upcoming Youth Division and Youth Center activities, see the calendar on the Youth Center home page.
Before and After School Programs
Before and After School Programs are offered at the City’s Charter Schools, Oasis Charter Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary, but participation is limited to children who attend those schools. These programs host activities such as homework time, indoor and outdoor activities, games, sports, arts and crafts, guest speakers and much more. Click for more info on Before and After School Programs.
Youth Division Winter and Spring Break
This program is offered to all students when school is not in session. Participants enjoy day trips, indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, organized group games and more. Parents need to provide a healthy lunch and two snacks. This program is offered at Oasis Elementary (3415 Oasis Boulevard) and the Wm. “Bill” Austen Youth Center (315 SW 2nd Avenue). Program hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Oasis and 7a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center. Click here for more information on School's Out Days. You may also get more information and register for programs at Oasis by calling 239-540-1410 or at the Youth Center by calling 239-242-3950.
*Winter Camp will be held at the Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center only this year from December 24-January 4
Summer Recreation Camp
Looking for fun and affordable child care for the summer break? Parks and Recreation has just what you’re looking for! The Youth Division offers a Summer Recreation program to children in grades entering K -entering 8 (child must be 5 years old to enroll). This year's Summer Recreation locations are Oasis Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. Full payments required prior to each week's session. Limited space is available so be sure to register early. Click here for more information on Summer Camps and to access registration forms and policies.
Creative Cubs Learning Center (3-5 yrs)
The Wm. "Bill" Austen Youth Center is now offering Free VPK* and affordable wrap-around care from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for only $85 per week. We also have a three year old class for $89 per week. The VPK program runs from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day. This program helps children reach their full potential and prepare them for their upcoming year of kindergarten. Creative Cubs Learning Center promotes the development of literacy and reading through age appropriate curriculum. Weekly fee includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for all full time students.
* The VPK program is free for all children who reside in Florida and turn four years old on or before September 1. For more information or to register, please call (239) 242-3965.