Afterschool and Summer Fun Program (grades K-6)

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 – Suspended for 2022

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 Program, 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.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.