Thrive Afterschool
Enrichment FAQs

Chico's Premier STEAM *Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math enrichment program for kids afterschool and homeschoolers. With a Self-Directed heart kids learn through hands on activities of their choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Thrive the right choice for my child?

If your child thrives in an environment where children are trusted and allowed to make their own choices. If you want to give your child a place to learn with fun and freedom. If you want your child to gain creative thinking and social skills. Thrive is the place for you.

What might make Thrive NOT the right choice for my child?

If your child prefers a completely adult directed time scheduled afternoon and has a hard time when given the freedom to choose their own activities. If your child has a hard time being respectful and kind to others and the environment. Participants who display behaviors that are destructive, rude or unkind will be asked to discontinue attending.

What does an afternoon at Thrive look like?

2:30 to 2:40   Afterschoolers arrive & choose their invitation/ free choice time

2:40                Car gates close- late drop offs are totally WELCOME but must walk in

2:45 to 2:55   Group Meeting, expectations and community circle

2:55 to 5:30  Instructor and child led activities/ Afterschoolers participate in their choice of a fun, hands on activities ranging from science projects to art to group games.

2:55 to 5:30   Free Choice Time/Create Room, Play room, playground and activity stations

3:30 to 3:45  Snack Time/ Participants encouraged to hydrate and fuel our bodies for the remainder of our active day

4:30 to 5:30  Open Tutoring Hour- all are welcome to seek homework assistance

5:25 to 5:30  Parent Pick up Time/ Gates open for cars- early pick ups are discouraged but ok and parent must walk in

Does Thrive offer homework help?

Yes, we do! BUT in true Thrive style kids have freedom of choice.  Kids must choose and take the initiative to go to the tutoring room. Sometimes the room is too full so they may get limited access to homework support. Tutoring is available 4:30 to 5:30 to all afterschool participants who choose it in a quiet tutoring room. You may also sign kids up for tutoring times where they get their own dedicated small group tutoring.  Learn more about tutoring options here.

Are food or snacks provided?

No daily snacks are provided. We encourage families to send kids with generous healthy snacks and water bottles as they get hungry throughout their busy afternoons at Thrive.


Sometimes there are food activities, donated snacks or food from our garden. If we offer these items we will always check the food restrictions and preferences you have put on their emergency forms at sign up before providing snacks to your child.

What does "Self-Directed" mean?

Self-Directed means that afterschoolers get to choose their activities, goals and projects for the day/week/year. This freedom is offered free from adult judgement or coercion. As all freedom comes with responsibility, participants are held accountable for being respectful to others and the environment.

How is Thrive different from other afterschool enrichement options?

Thrive Afterschool Enrichment offers participants the opportunity to be self-directed and take charge of what they want to do, learn and play. Students get to choose their activities daily and families get to choose which days to attend. Daily options are presented ranging from art and science activities to water play to park and nature walks. Students may choose from the options, some of which are adult-led, or choose a day of free play and creating.


STEAM *Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math* activities are presented daily in a style that is hands on, engaging and fun. Your child is sure to gain new knowledge and skills in a way that will leave them wanting to come back for more.

We provide a High Quality program with experienced adults and engaging hands-on learning activities.


Thrivers are allowed some flexibility in assessing their own abilities and risk factors with the assistance and direction of our safety trained team. Thrivers may choose to be barefoot, climb small trees and jump from forts. All of this is within the parameters of risk assessment and fellow Thriver consent. Consent is a very important piece in this type of play. Thrivers may only make choices that affect themselves and those wanting to play with them. For example, a participant may not throw a water balloon at an unsuspecting child who is doing their own activity but they may engage in water balloon battles with other participants who have chosen to play with them. We work with all the afterschoolers to guide them in making sure their actions are safe and respectful of themselves, each other and the space they are in. Afterschoolers who have a hard time making safe and respectful choices may be asked to stop attending.

Tell me more about safety procedures at Thrive.

Everyone on the Thrive team is fingerprinted/background cleared, CPR/First Aid certified, water safety trained, and trained in safety procedures. Our team has many years of experience working with students in a variety of academic, enrichment, and recreational settings and many are parents themselves. We spend the year providing classes and programs for homeschoolers and afterschoolers and continue with a summer creating educational, fun, hands-on activities through Camp Wild Heart.

Is Thrive a school or childcare?

No, Thrive is not a school nor a childcare. Our business model is much like a karate or dance studio or theater lessons. Kids sign up for groups classes and are dropped off for STEAM *Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math* activities.