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Our Story

We've loved every minute of our journey!

An Idea Is Born

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

The CASP 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, Nebraska Extension Platte County, 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.

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 for Elementary Schools

Our monthly fee is based upon $7.00 per day multiplied by the number of days that school is in session, which is 174, and then divided by 10 months. Monthly fees are not pro-rated during months that include extended breaks or absence due to illness. We will give a 10 % discount for families. The monthly fee is paid in full regardless of when your child starts.

Payments are due by the 1st of each month at the office. We only accept cash, check and money order. We are not able to accept credit/debit cards or payments at the school.

Regular Pay Rate

The monthly fee is as follows for any student with a paid lunch status:

One Child = $122.00 per month

Two Children = $220.00 per month

Three Children = $330.00 per month

Four Children = $440.00 per month

Columbus After School Program is a non-profit, federally funded program and the rules at the Federal level states that, “Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may attend the program at no charge. No free or reduced lunch status enrolled student will be denied services due to an inability to pay." A minimum of 3 days of attendance per week is required with at least one hour of participation per day.

Any donations are greatly appreciated to keep our program running for the youth of Columbus.

Questions & Answers for the Elementary Columbus After School Program

How do I sign my child up for CASP?

We will need an application form filled out and completed, a payment must also be received (if applicable) before your child may start the program. This must be turned into our main office which is located in the Nebraska Extension - Platte County Office located at 2715 13th Street. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

Can my child drop-in to CASP?

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.

Is CASP open when there is No School?

When there is no school, the After School Program is closed. The After School Program is open on all days when school is in session except for days when there is Parent/Teacher conferences going on.

Columbus Middle School After School Program

Students sign up for Clubs each quarter.  Please watch for what days each quarter that there is enrollment as these are the only days to be able to enroll your child until next quarter. Entry into the clubs are on a first come, first served basis. Clubs are held on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  There are no clubs on Fridays, but if enrolled in any club, students can come enjoy Funtastic Fridays!


CASP Middle School Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:30-5:30 pm

Wednesday: 2:35-5:30 pm


Students are allowed to leave anytime after 5:00 pm with parental permission after their club session is over.  Students must be off school grounds by 5:35 pm.