STEP Family Friendly Program

Family Friendly Centers (FFC)

The Family Friendly Centers provide a positive environment for students after school and engages the students in academics, social activities, enrichment, plus the program promotes family supports.

The additional supports and resources help the students to achieve success. The program is effective as a result of families and staff working together to ensure that the children are successful.

Keep in mind that more than homework must be conducted in this program.

The Student Enrichment Program (STEP) offers this after school opportunity from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the selected schools with support of the State of NJ, Department of Children and Families. In the Family Friendly Centers, a limited number of students are able to participate in a group program.

The performance outcomes of the program are:

  1. To improve academic performance of the students
  2. To improve social and emotional well-being, and
  3. To strengthen family awareness of resources available in the school and the community

The program objectives are to:

  • Provide group academic assistance
  • Increase confidence levels to do school work and increase knowledge
  • Maintain family communication with the program teachers
  • Offer opportunities for social involvement in a positive atmosphere
  • Reduce risk factors
  • Provide a safe, welcoming, and encouraging environment
  • Encourage family support for their child to attend the program
  • Improve student achievement through parent involvement
  • Help parents to understand the program and the teacher expectations

There will be activities, workshops, role playing skits, and courses conducted to promote growth producing behavior that will strengthen the student. The program’s teachers will help students to increase confidence levels, raise achievement levels, and support knowledge and skill attainment.

This year, the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School and the Thomas Paine Elementary School are the locations for the program. The annual participation fee is $100 per student or a maximum of $150 per family. The educational professionals at these two schools will determine which students would have the most gain from this program and invite those students to participate. A family with a financial hardship may attach a written note to the registration form which will be reviewed by the principal or you may contact the principal directly.



Cherry Hill School-Age
Child Care and STEP

Cooper School
1960 Greentree Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Phone: (856) 429-6564
Fax: (856) 429-8246

SACC Program
Melissa Conklin
SACC Coordinator

STEP, Holiday, Summer Camps & Family Friendly Programs

Edward Klitz
Enrichment Coordinator

Nicole Gilbert

SACC Hotline
(856) 429-6564 x 1