After school program sees large increase in attendance

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- More and more working parents who struggle to find childcare for their children before and after school are turning to an enrichment program in Johnson County, Kan. And it's quickly filling to capacity.

There are 200 more kids in the program this year than last year. About half of the schools that are participating are filled to capacity.

This After School Program is put on by Johnson County Parks and Rec at 79th and Pflumm. Qualified, college-educated caregivers work with the kids before and after school.

They don't just play. They also learn. And it provides parents peace of mind, knowing their children are safe until they can pick them up after work.

Johnson County began this after school program in 1980, and there are currently close to 2,000 kids from Shawnee Mission, DeSoto and Gardner enrolled.

Enrolling your children in the after school program costs $144 every two weeks. A second child costs $120.  You can learn more at