Columbus After School Program

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Our Story


We've loved every minute of our journey!

An Idea Is Born

The Communities Together Can (CTC) After School Program (ASP) is an unique 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) compared to other state sites. It is truly a community collaboration but the three primary partners are; Columbus Public Schools, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, and 21st CCLC.


In 1999, a Community Needs Assessment study was done identifying a need for licensed childcare, especially school age care in Columbus.  A Childcare Task Force was formed consisting of various community partners such as:  Columbus Family YMCA, ESU 7, Columbus Public Schools, Columbus Collaborative Team, Health and Human Services and UNL Extension. Lisa Kaslon, UNL Extension Youth Educator, wrote a grant proposal for a federal grant offered by the Department of Agriculture called 'Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Grant'.  Through this five year grant, the CTC ASP became a reality and opened two sites in August 2003.  By August 2005, all five Columbus Public Elementary Schools had an ASP.  The Columbus Middle School After Hours Program opened in August 2007.


In May of 2008, CTC ASP received new federal funding through the Department of Education, 21st CCLC Grant.  Lisa Kaslon and UNL Extension took the lead in the application process, along with committed support from various community partners.  Columbus Public Schools serves as the fiscal agent for this community project.  Typically these grants are awarded to school districts as the sole administrating entity.  21st CCLC looks to the CTC ASP to serve as a model for other communities in the State of Nebraska, encouraging community collaborations such as Columbus has accomplished to provide after school programming.



In May 2017 CTC officially changed it's name to Columbus After School Program (CASP).

Together We Make A Difference

The Columbus After School Program is a non-profit organization committed to providing a safe and secure environment for youth in the Columbus area to grow intellectually, culturally, physically, socially and emotionally. The goal is to prepare them to live a life of service as citizens of their community and country.

Monthly Fees

Our monthly fee is based upon $6.00 per day multiplied by the number of days that school is in session and then divided by 10 months. Monthly fees are not pro-rated during months that include extended breaks or when your child is absent due to illness. The monthly fee is paid in full regardless of when your child starts.


Payments are due in advance by the 25th of each month at the office. Example=September bill is due August 25. We accept cash, check and money order. We are not able to accept payments at the school.


We also accept DHHS Childcare Authorization as a form of payment. Please check with your case worker to see if you qualify.


A minimum of 3 days of attendance per week is required with at least one hour of participation per day.


Regular/Full Pay Rate

One Child $104

Two Children $188

Three Children $272


Reduced Rate

One Child $52

Two Children $94

Three Children $136


Free Rate

One Child $26

Two Children $47

Three Children $68

How do I sign my child up for the ASP?

We will need an application form filled out and completed, a payment must also be received before your child may start the program. This must be turned into out main office which is located in the basement of the Platte County Court House. Our office hours are M-F 8-5.

Can my child drop-in to the ASP?

No, we do not accept drop-ins. We require 24 hour notice, a completed enrollment form and payment before your child can attend the program. Your child must attend the program a minimum of 3 days per week and at least 1 hour per day to continue in the After School Program.

What if I didn't pay my bill before the due date?

Your monthly bill is due the 25th of every month. You will receive a notice if the bill is past due, and your child may not be able to come to the After School Program till the bill is paid.

Is the ASP open when there is No School?

When there is no school, the After School Program is closed. The ASP is open on all days when school is in session.