Public Housing Residents

After-School Program

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Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 3:00-5:30PM, September-June

Approved Free Meal Site Throughout the Year


Learning Zone Mission

The mission of the Learning Zone is to offer daily tutoring assistance, hands-on activities, critical thinking exercises, informational guest speakers and recreational opportunities to further promote academic success and broaden one’s quest for knowledge.


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Program Overview

The Learning Zone is Lowell Housing Authority’s after-school youth enrichment program. The Learning Zone (North Common Village) serves youth in grades 2-8 from both the North Common Village Public Housing development as a well as the surrounding Acre neighborhood. The Learning Zone at Highland Parkway serves youth in grades 2-8 from both the Highland Parkway Public Housing development as well as the surrounding Highlands neighborhood. Each site is capable of serving twenty-five participants and is staffed with one Program Manager and one Program Coordinator. Program staff are able to act as a liaison between parents and school staff to foster academic success.

The Lowell Housing Authority has also partnered with the Lowell Public Schools Department to provide program participants with a nutritious meal free of charge.

What We Do…

Homework support is first and foremost upon arrival at the Learning Zone. Program staff review student assignments, making sure that each child understands the assignment and due dates. While many homework assignments are completed individually, there is also opportunity for group collaboration. The Learning Zone staff utilize educational games and group activities to reinforce learning while still keeping it fun. Flash cards, DVDs, books, board games, and computers are available for student use. The program provides any necessary materials to better enable children to complete assigned projects with ease: construction paper, poster board, crayons/markers/colored pencils, glue, rulers, stencils, etc. Guest speakers, presentations and field trips all play a significant role in the promotion of acquiring new knowledge and concepts. Respect for staff and peers, honesty, trust, and loyalty are character traits that are emphasized in all interactions. Students are rewarded for measurable accomplishments via small trinkets, gift cards, or special snacks.

The Learning Zone accepts new participant registrations on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are interested in registering your child, please download the registration form below.