After School

Girls playing on playground

During this time of concern with the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many discussions on how to make School-Age Care Programs a safe, yet fun experience for our participants. Please know that every consideration has been made with the best possible safety practices in place to protect our participants, their families, and our staff.

After School

Does your child need a break from Virtual Learning? Durham Parks and Recreation has you covered. After School provides a fun, safe, and socially distant environment for your child to make friends and participate in weekly themed special projects, games, crafts, and more. Our After School program is located at the following recreation centers...

Recreation Center Hours of Operation Age Requirements
Edison Johnson Recreation Center Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12
Holton Career & Resource Center
*Not currently accepting participants
Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 7-12
I.R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12
W.D. Hill Recreation Center
*Not currently accepting participants
Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12
WI Patterson Recreation Center Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12
Walltown Park Recreation Center
*Not currently accepting participants
Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12

Sliding Fee Scale

A sliding fee scale (SFS) may be used to reduce the amount paid for School-Age Care programs. The scale ranges from 10-100% and is based on income, number of members per household, and special circumstances affecting the applicant’s ability to pay. Applications are available online, at the administration office, or any recreation center. If approved, the reduced fee is valid for one year.

Parents/Guardians who have a current approved reduced rate assigned will receive the applicable discount at the time of registration. Please note that anyone with a SFS rate that has expired must submit a new application. SFS Applications may take up to 2 weeks to process.

After School Safety Precautions

  • Any person with a temperature of 100.4˚F or greater or showing/experiencing symptoms of illness at any time during the program will be sent home.
  • DPR staff and program participants will be required to wear masks during program hours.      
  • DPR will follow hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) by increasing the cleaning and sanitation protocols throughout all DPR facilities.
  • DPR will be limiting the total number of program participants as well as maintaining small group sizes in accordance with state and local guidelines.


DPR is excited to continue our contract with ePACT, an online forms management company, that helps us securely collect all medical and emergency information electronically. After completing your registration with DPR, you will receive an email invite from ePACT on behalf of DPR to share information with us. Click ’Complete Request’ to create a free account, or log-in if you already have an existing ePACT account. Make sure to enter the information for each child and share it with DPR so that program staff has access.

Your registration in any School-Age Care program is not complete until you submit all required information requested in ePACT.

Information needed for registration in ActiveNet and / or ePACT

  • Proof of age/completed school grade
  • Parent/guardian contact information
  • Authorized pickup name(s) and contact information
  • Emergency contact information (other than parent/guardian)
  • Required medication(s) (if administration will be during program)
  • Special needs
  • Physician and dentist contact information (address & phone) (optional)

Special Services

DPR encourages the participation of all school-age children in its School-Age Care (SAC) Program. To provide quality services and activities to all its participants, children needing significant assistance with personal care (i.e. toileting), behavior management, support to participate in activities, constant eyes-on supervision, and/or hands-on support, or who have trouble communicating needs/wishes for more than 30% of the time may be required to bring a care provider (at no expense to DPR) to provide 1:1 support. DPR will assess each participant’s abilities and notify the parents/guardians if 1:1 support is required. DPR will reasonably accommodate participants needing such support. 

Please Note: 1:1 care providers must pass a background check prior to supporting a participant in the SAC program.


During the 2021-2022 school year, Durham Parks and Recreation is providing no cost, safe and reliable transportation for our After School programs! DPR picks up participants from several Durham Public School locations and transports them to five of our Recreation Centers located throughout the City. Come joins us for a safe, fun and educational experience! Transportation is free from the listed schools with registration in the after school program. If your school is not listed please contact transportation at your child’s school to see if there is already a route going to a DPR location or to inquire about a new route to a particular site!

School locations may change depending on enrollment, please contact the individual site for confirmation.

Recreation Center Address School Locations
Edison Johnson Recreation Center
500 W Murray Avenue Transportation provided by Durham Public Schools only
Holton Career & Resource Center
401 N Driver Street Serving Bethesda Elementary and R.N. Harris Elementary
I.R. Holmes Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills
2000 S Alston Avenue Serving Parkwood Elementary and Southwest Elementary
Walltown Park Recreation Center
1308 W Club Boulevard Serving Hillandale Elementary
W.D. Hill Recreation Center
1308 Fayetteville Street Serving Fayetteville Street Elementary, C.C. Spaulding Elementary, and Morehead Montessori Elementary
W.I. Patterson Recreation Center
2614 Crest Street Serving E.K. Powe Elementary, Eno Valley Elementary, and Little River Elementary

DPR strives to make our programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ability level.