Up On Top After School and Summer Program
1187 Franklin Street
What is Up On Top?
Up On Top is a nonprofit multiracial after school and 6 week summer program that opened its doors in 2001 and has provided quality programming for hundreds of children in kindergarten to 5th grade. The Up On Top program is a free tuition program! Up On Top has two sites serving more than 90 children attending after school and in the summer. One is at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Franklin Street and the other is at the Tenderloin Community School (TCS) on Turk Street. The program is licensed by the state of California as a day care facility for low-income families.
What is Up On Top’s mission?
Up On Top offers hope, stability, and fun to children of low-income families in San Francisco, preparing them to be successful in school and in life.
Up On Top supports families by providing children an enriching after-school and summer program with low student/teacher ratios, including academic support, social skills, art, music, and nutrition.
Why is an after-school program important to children, their families and employers?
For children, Up On Top creates a nurturing environment that prepares them for academic and social success, offering a well-rounded curriculum comprised of homework support, tutoring, literacy support and language arts. Participation in Up On Top is associated with more positive attitudes towards school work, better school attendance, reduced drop out rates, higher quality homework completion, improved grades and higher aspirations for college. Children who attend after school programs also develop better interpersonal skills and work habits, spending less time in unhealthy behaviors.
For working families, access to high-quality after school programs assures them that when they are working their children are safe, well cared for and engaged in positive activities.
For employers, the availability of after school care directly affects many of their employees. About half of today’s workforce has children under the age of 18. Having affordable child care available, helps families secure and maintain employment.