An after-school program with a long history in York City is back.

Starting Tuesday, parents can enroll their kids in the 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. supervised program at the Princess Street Center, 368 W. Princess St.

For at least two decades, the city has offered tutoring, homework help, games, crafts and a chance for kids to socialize at the center during the colder months of the academic year, said Tom Landis, the city's recreation and parks director.

"When it starts getting colder out, I do think that children start looking for places to go and things to do, and the Princess Street Center has always had programs going on there during the school season," Landis said.

Typically, the center opens to kids after school starting in October. But, Landis said, he struggled in the fall to find qualified seasonal workers to staff the program.

With an adequate number of workers finally hired, the program is ready to start Tuesday. Interested parents should show up at the center to enroll their children, Landis said.

Or, they can call Landis at (717) 849-2276.

About 30 slots are available, he said. Registration is free.

The program will run Monday through Friday after school until the end of May, Landis said. It is open to all school-age children who live in the city.

On Thursdays, the staff will take the children to Martin Memorial Library.

"They have a great children's reading program over there that we're going to get the kids involved in," Landis said.

On the first Friday of each month, the program's hours will extend to 8:30 p.m. for an evening of pizza and movies.

Eventually, Landis said, he'd like to expand the program to the Yorktown Center, 1059 Kelly Drive.

But that will require new materials and more staff, he said.

"There's another strong need right there," Landis said.

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