School-Age Programs

During the school year we provide care for children in grades K-5 attending Blacksburg public elementary schools.  There are several enrollment options for these children, including before school, afterschool, and both before and after school care.

The before school option provides a safe environment with simple activities for children starting at 7:15 until time to transport them to their elementary schools.  Children attending Margaret Beeks Elementary are accompanied to the bus stop in front of our programs and then ride the big yellow school bus to school.  All of the other children are transported by our staff on our vehicles to the various schools.

The after school option includes transportation from the Blacksburg public elementary schools.  The program is designed to provide a balance between time for the children to spend time socializing with friends, completing homework, and providing a wide range of activities to keep children active and engaged.  Each afternoon begins with a well-balanced snack bar and open center choices where the children can choose between a variety of active and quiet activities.  Children provide input to teachers for planning activities and special projects or experiences.  There is always a wide variety of activities such as:  painting, crafts, puzzles and challenges, organizing service projects, group games and team building exercises, cooking projects, dramatic play, legos/building projects, etc.

Throughout the school year, Rainbow Riders coordinates with community organizations to offer activities such as musical instrument lessons and foreign language classes held on-site after school.  We provide space for these activities to be held and the community organizations provide instructors and materials through contracts directly with the families who chose to participate.

Enrollment in our school age program includes scheduled closed school days, early releases (for after school families) and weather related delays and closings.

During the summer months we offer a full day school-age camp.  The camp is structured around weekly themes which have included topics such as Outdoor Adventure, Extreme Olympics, Happy Horsemanship, Bravo, and Lending a Hand.  Each week, teachers plan mini-courses to explore a variety of activities related to the week's theme.  Some examples include learning about animals, various sports, art and crafts, and cooking activities.  There is time in the daily schedule for reading each day.  The children are having too much fun to even notice that they are learning, too!  Field trips are scheduled each week, including locations like Dixie Caverns, Pandapas Pond, Cascades, and Tech Sportsplex.  Each week we schedule an open swim time at a local swim facility as well as a week of structured swim lessons.  One week has traditionally included horseback riding lessons through a local training stable.  No matter what the theme may be, there is always a focus on FUN!

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Knollwood Site

307 N. Knollwood Drive    
Blacksburg, VA 24060

540-951-3636
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1800 Research Center Drive  
Blacksburg, VA 24060

540-552-3636
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2308 Merrimac Road             
Blacksburg, VA 24060         

540-808-9700 
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