Thriving Minds After School
Programming is Back!

Begins August 2022

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Can you believe it's time to get back to school?

Parents of Thriving Minds After School campuses, if you’re looking for a place for your child to learn, create and grow after the school day ends, you’re in the right spot! Thriving Minds After School is a Big Thought program that provides elementary and middle school youth with after-school educational experiences on campus.

Learning doesn’t stop when the final bell rings! Along with offering engaging hands-on learning experiences, the program helps youth complete their homework and practice key skills, including reading, math, vocabulary and creativity.

We’re proud to work with our district partners for the 2022-23 school year.

What do you focus on in the program?

Nourishment & Play

Youth connect with their peers and use their imagination while building physical, cognitive and emotional strength. This time typically includes a snack and structured playtime with social and emotional learning themes.

Academic Foundations

Early childhood learners focus on foundational concepts, including identifying numbers, counting, listening and vocabulary. Youth in grades 1-5 work on their assigned homework each day with support from site staff.

Creative Exploration

Youth practice using their creativity to solve problems, make choices, build digital fluency and persist through challenges.

Social & Emotional Learning

Youth develop and recognize their strengths in five key SEL categories: self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills.

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What are the hours of the program?

The program begins immediately after school dismissal, and pick-up time is 6:00 p.m., following your school’s pick-up policy. Children will be escorted from their classroom to the Thriving Minds program location on their school campus by a member of the school or program staff. Once your student is placed in the program, we will provide you with a Parent/Guardian Handbook that includes information on what they should bring and any other guidelines.

Time Activity
3:00-4:00 PM Student Check-In, Snack & Homework Assistance
4:00-6:00 PM Enrichment Programming
6:00 PM Dismissal

Will any COVID-19 precautions be taken?

Big Thought staff and the facility have put enhanced health and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe during this public health crisis. These protocols are outlined in the application.

How do we apply?


Confirm that your child attends school at one of our designated campuses.


Complete the application form following the instructions below.


A Big Thought program contact will follow up with you about your application and inform you about your child’s placement in the program.

What do I need to complete the application?

You will need to have the following information ready:


Your student’s school ID number


Health insurance information for the student (insurance company name and phone number)


Emergency contact information (name, phone and email address)


Approved persons who can pick up the student (name, phone and photo ID information)

Leadership Team

LaCriessia Malone

LaCriessia Malone
Program Manager
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Kendall Pidgeon

Kendall Pidgeon
Program Manager
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