Out of School Time (OST)

Adventure awaits your child at JCPRD Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs! JCPRD challenges our next generation with fun and stimulating enrichment opportunities. Multi-talented and well-educated staff facilitate opportunities to explore:

  • Creativity
  • Environmental literacy
  • Fitness
  • Health
  • Innovation
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

A multi-age group setting and opportunities for Social and Emotional Learning are also included.  JCPRD-OST programs are instrumental in building important life skills of problem-solving, self-confidence, teamwork, mentoring and goal-setting. Program hours are ideal for stay at home and working parents. Camps are available during Winter and Spring Breaks. Give your child an edge – join us before and after school, and see how they shine!

Activities & Benefits

Johnson County Park and Recreation District is committed to providing families with quality OST programs at an affordable cost. Our staff is dedicated to providing children with what they need: a safe, enriching, fun place to be. 

Each program site values the unique nature of children by offering a variety of group and self-selected activities. Choices offered include physical activities, games, and social time as well as creative arts and quiet time for homework, reading, or relaxing. Programs also seek to include special projects, field trips, parties, and other activities based upon the interests of the children enrolled. 

Our unique multi-age group setting allows children to experience opportunities in both peer mentoring and modeling. Children are encouraged to be responsible decision makers who work well in communities. The availability of this program within your child’s school provides enhanced safety, convenience, and numerous opportunities to extend school day learning experiences.

Fully Licensed

Fully licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, our programs maintain a 1 to 15 staff to participant ratio. Our site program directors possess bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities. Their advanced education allows directors and their staff to plan a wide variety of interesting and age appropriate activities including science experiments, cooking, health, fitness, environmental education and recreation.


"My son really enjoys his time at the center. He loves the teachers and the activities during their day..." Angie

Future Enrollment Dates for 2021-2022

Outdoor Summer Camp Enrollment (2021):

January 25th at 6am online only*

Indoor Summer Camp Enrollment (2021):

DeSoto: March 1

Olathe & Gardner: March 8

Shawnee Mission Gardner: March 15

**Registration opens at NOON. 

Fall 2021-2022 School Year OST Enrollment:

Gardner, DeSoto, Shawnee Mission: April 26

Olathe:  May 3

Early Childhood & Natureplay Preschools: Now Open

Shawnee Mission Pre-K: Now Open

2021 Winter Break Camp Registration:

All Districts:  November 29-December 10, 2021

2022 Spring Break Camp Registration:

All Districts:  February 14-March 4, 2022