A4L Afterschool & Summer Camp

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Our A4L Afterschool & Summer Camp program at Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary delights children, families, and school administrators. Our creative approach to engagement and use of the arts and imagination nurtures students academically and artistically so that they can thrive socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.

DCF License #C11MD1647

Our full aftercare program consists of:

  • Visual and Performing Arts Classes (music, theater, and visual art)
  • Fun fitness through creative movement and dance classes
  • Homework Help
  • Daily Snack
  • Literacy and Reading Support – including small group support for struggling readers
  • Programming for the full school year (180 days of programming; no programming on days the school is closed for breaks or teacher planning days)
  • Hours: M-F 1:50 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Registration is open to students of all abilities who attend Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary

Our annual 6-week summer camp at Finlay is an extravaganza of creativity and consists of:

  • Visual and Performing Arts Classes (music, theater, and visual art)
  • Fun fitness through creative movement and dance classes
  • Engaging Literacy and Reading Support – so it does not feel like work over the summer! – including small group support for struggling readers
  • Team Sports
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Programming does not run on the Juneteenth (June 19) & July 4th holidays

Due to the high demand for programming, registration is on a lottery basis. We maintain a waitlist should a spot become available. Our afterschool program serves 90 students grades K-5 and our summer camp serves 60 students grades K-5 (including incoming kindergarten students who have registered for school at Finlay).

For more information contact, Sherray Cato, Site Manager, [email protected] or (305) 576-121.

“I have two children in the Arts for Learning program and it has been a wonderful experience for our children, absolutely just wonderful, and we have really appreciated so much what the program has done for our children. Our children were very introverted and shy and they have just really blossomed in this program. They have learned so much about theater and art and dancing and they love coming to the program every single day.”

“I am a very proud parent of my two children as they enjoy this program very much. And as a working mom they get to interact with other children. I have seen how brave they are performing on stage and they get so much assistance in terms of homework, and being able to feel confident in their day to day journey at the elementary school.”

“I love everything about the program; it helps me be able to be stress free at work knowing that my child is being a part of a group of professionals who love what they do.”


“The staff are amazing, helpful, caring and instrumental in the positive experience my children receive. A special thank you to Sherray Cato for keeping us informed and being an amazing liaison for the parents!” 

 “Everything about it is simply amazing!”

The A4L After-School and A4L Summer Camp programs are funded by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Los programas A4L After-School y A4L Summer Camp están financiado por The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust es una fuente de financiación, creada por los votantes en referéndum para mejorar la vida de los niños y las familias en Miami-Dade.

Se Children’s Trust ki finanse A4L After-School ak A4L Summer Camp Pwogram. Children’s Trust se yon sous finansman elektè Miyami-Dade te kreye nan yon referandòm. Finansman sa a dedye pou pwogram k’ap amelyore lavi ti moun ak fanmi yo.

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