The Friendly House provides an affordable and safe program for the youth of the community to attend. Afterschool and summer child care is an important part of a family when they have to work or go to school, and Friendly House provides this childcare at low cost. Although the fees are low, there is still financial aid for those that qualify.
Our goal with this program is to prevent and reduce community youth crime and delinquent behavior for these age groups, while improving both the mental and physical well-being and positive social development of the youth in the program.
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM — September to May
Children kindergarten age through 6th grade attend Friendly House after school from 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. Transportation is provided to select Mansfield City Schools. A hot, nutritious meal is served upon arrival. Youth participate in a wide variety of activities which include arts & crafts, computer room, games in gym, tutoring, game room, and outside playground. All children have the opportunity to do their homework in The Friendly House Honor Library, donated and maintained by the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library. There is a one time, low-cost fee for this program which is paid at registration and is good for the duration of the program.
Friendly House provides extended care for school age youth, during Mansfield City School vacations and snow days from 9am-6pm. Children must be enrolled in the Afterschool Program.
While enrolled in the Afterschool Program, children are also eligible for many outside voluntary activities that are run by other area organizations or agencies. These agencies include: Bible Study with Calvary Chapel Mansfield, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, and many others. On Friday evenings, starting in the fall, children are able to stay after 6pm for Friday Night Fun Club where they will participate in a special activity and then go swimming at Friendly House from 7:30-9pm.
SUMMER FUN PROGRAM — June to August
Summer Fun is an all day program at Friendly House for nine weeks during the summer months. Children must register for Summer Fun program and pay the small fee before beginning. A hot, nutritious meal is served for lunch and we suggest that all of the kids bring an afternoon snack with them. While at Friendly House during the summer, children have the opportunity to participate in many of the same activities as the Afterschool Progam, including swimming twice per week in our indoor pool. We also offer “stay-cations” in Mansfield by going to places like the Clearfork Reservoir, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, walking tour of the Ohio State Reformatory, and the Great Mohican Pow-Wow. These field trips are partially funded through the Richland County Foundation Summertime Kids Grant.