Thank you for choosing Wisconsin Youth Company School Year Programs!  

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

Wisconsin Youth Company is proud to continue our relationship with the Madison Metropolitan School District to provide on-site after school programming. Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your first day of school. 

Franklin Elementary School  |  305 W. Lakeside St. 

  • After School Program Cell Phone  |  608-445-8028
  • After School Program Hours  |  Monday 12:55-5:45 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 2:27-5:45 p.m.
  • After School Program Location  |  Gymnasium – The entrance to program is located at the front of the school near the main office
  • 2022-2023 Program Schedule
Meet the Staff  
  • Site Supervisor  |   Taylor Zimmerman, Allison Kneebone 
  • Group Leader  |   Nate Bahr
  • Program Manager  |  Stephany Aimeé  |  saimee@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

All staff have education and/or experience related to working with children. They receive training prior to the start of the school year and are certified in first aid and CPR. All program staff receive additional training with updated health & wellness and cleaning & sanitation protocols.  

Wellness Check 

We ask that families self-monitor and conduct their own wellness checks prior to school each day. If your child(ren) are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during program hours, our trained staff will conduct a wellness check and request for immediate pick-up. 

Face Coverings

In accordance with MMSD policy, optional during After School. Face coverings will be available to those who need or choose to wear one.

What to Bring 
  • Extra set of clothing, as needed 

Please do not send your child(ren) with any unnecessary items. Toys or other items from home will not be permitted. Wisconsin Youth Company is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

After School Pickup 
  • Parents will text or call the program phone 608-445-8028 upon arriving to program. We will have both Parent 1 and 2 phone numbers programmed into the program phone. Please confirm the most current cell phone numbers are listed in your Parent Portal. That will serve as our means of identifying Parents. Staff will have children clean up, gather belongings, sanitize hands, and exit the program space. We strongly encourage Parents to meet their child(ren) outside the door.    
  • If your child(ren) has not exited the school 5 minutes after your text, please call the program phone 
  • If a different pre-authorized pick-up person is planning to pick-up from After School, please notify our administrative office or the site directly  
Daily Activities  
  • Wisconsin Youth Company staff will create weekly lesson plans tiered to the children’s interests  
  • Our program helps your child(ren) to discover new opportunities through our choice-based curriculum   
  • Within the daily activities, children will have a chance to participate in STEM, art projects, community building games, and other various hands–on activities to expand their developmental growth. Along with developing important life skills such as language, social and emotional skills.  
  • There will be time for daily outdoor recreation (weather permitted) where children will participate in group games and explore the playground 
  • Children are also provided the opportunity to complete homework  
Snack 
  • An afternoon snack will be provided 
  • All snacks served at program are nut-free 
  • All children must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating  
  • Snacks are individually wrapped and will be passed out by staff 
  • Milk will also be served 
  • Please see the Wisconsin Youth Company Program Handbook for more details about snack 
We are anticipating a wonderful program year at After School Franklin and look forward to serving your family. 

Greetings families! 

As the month of November comes to a close, we want to say how thankful we are to have you as part of our After School family. We hope to continue to get to know you more in the coming months and to make stronger connections with your child(ren).  

This past month was filled with exploring different themes and interests — from Pokémon (puzzles, show N tell, stress balls), to dinosaurs (masks, hats, puppets, fossils, egg hatching) to harvest and thankful (apple pie in a cup and scented spice art). 

We will be ready to continue the fun in the colder months by enjoying more projects that can help us beat the cold and spark creativity and imagination. We plan to focus on topics such as homesteading with making butter and jam, learning to weave, and making a cookbook. Another week we plan to celebrate the children’s interests by letting them choose projects and activities they enjoy and want to see at After School. Finally, we hope to celebrate winter and learn about all the holidays that come along with it.   

We can’t wait to see what fun November brings! 

Thanks,
Allison and Taylor

Project Spotlight | Apple Pie In A Cup

Ingredients: graham crackers, apple pie filling/diced apples, whipped cream, cinnamon/cinnamon sugar, cups, spoons, Ziploc bags 

Directions:

  1. Crush graham crackers in a bag  
  2. Put crushed graham crackers in bottom of cup 
  3. Apple layer: You can use apple pie filling or diced apples (microwave optional) 
  4. Add some whipped cream and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon sugar 
  5. Enjoy! 
Get to Know Your Staff

What is your favorite winter activity?

Allison Kneebone  |  co-site supervisor

  • Going to see the lights at Olin Park and ice skating 

Taylor Zimmerman  |  co-site supervisor

  • Going on hikes through the woods when snow has just fallen 

Nate Bahr  |  group leader

  • Driving around and seeing the holiday lights with my little brother 
Reminders
  • Winter Wander registration is open through December 16 for grades 3-5
  • No Program Days
    • December 5
    • December 21-January 3
  • As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, please send students with weather appropriate attire so we can continue to enjoy our time outdoors
  • Pick-up: text/call the site phone at 608-445-8028 and meet your child(ren) at door #2 or outside, if we’re on the playground
  • If possible, have your kid(s) bring a water bottle for use during program 
  • Please call the attendance message line at 608-276-9898 to report any absences
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available for children age 6 months and up. Click for more information and to schedule an appointment for your child. (Español)
  • Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office is closed December 26-30
What's Happening

After School Franklin

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

Site Cell Phone Number: 608-445-8028  |  This number can be used to call or text Wisconsin Youth Company staff at your child(ren)’s location during program hours. Please note that staff are engaged with children during program hours and may not be able to answer. Please leave a message and they will get back to you.  

24-Hour Attendance Message Line:  608-276-9898  |  Please call the message line when your child(ren) will be absent from program. All absences must be reported. Please leave a message regarding your child(ren)’s name, program, and the date(s) of absence.  

Administrative Office: 608-276-9782 ext. 0  |  If you need immediate assistance, please contact our administrative office. Our administrative office can also assist you with your registration questions.  

Wisconsin Youth Company Email: info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org   |  To communicate with our administrative or registration team or if you have questions regarding your account please send us an email.