Friday and After School Child Care Options for Parents  

Several childcare program options are available for families as Estrella’s K-8th grade schools move to a four-day school week this year. Although the shorter week will not result in decreased instruction and students will have an extra 40 minutes added to each school day, some families will need to find childcare programs for Fridays. 


Liberty Elementary School District is offering a structured care program at Blue Horizons Elementary on Fridays to ensure needs are met. L.E.A.P. is the district’s extended day program that provides a before-and after-school environment where students can be nurtured, physically active, and engage in academic enrichment. 

The Friday program location is at Blue Horizons Elementary for all schools (Blue Horizon Elementary, Westar Elementary and Estrella Mountain Elementary) at $185 a month. Services are available for children ages 5-14 or students enrolled from kindergarten to eighth grade. Hours of operation on Fridays are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  

On Monday through Thursday, L.E.A.P. hours are 6:30 a.m. to the start of the regular school day and from dismissal time to 6:30 p.m. School in-service days and breaks are 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. All locations provide before-and after-school programs (Blue Horizon Elementary, Westar Elementary and Estrella Mountain Elementary). Registration and first month’s fees must be paid by no later than August 1. 

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More information will be provided at Meet the Teacher night which is on August 3 from 5-7 p.m. at all Liberty Elementary Schools. The district will continue to communicate with parents as they adjust calendars, contracts and other logistics to line up with this new four-day week. Please contact 623-474-6623 or 623-694-2451 for more information on L.E.A.P. 

Phoenix Children’s Academy in Estrella has 20 spots available for Fridays. Located at 17670 West Elliot Road (Elliot and Estrella Parkway intersection) in Goodyear, the campus includes two outdoor playgrounds and a splash pad. Their teachers modify activities to fit the interests and current skill level of each student to make learning engaging and fun. 

Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley, Bob Bové Branch at 301 E. Western Ave. Avondale, follows the Avondale school schedule, not the Liberty District. It costs $40 a month per child with a one-time membership fee of $30. For that $40 your child can go each Friday, or as many weekdays after school. They have a variety of science, art, computers, sports and reading activities each day for the kids ages K-12th grade. 

Hours: 2:30-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; On Wednesday, 12:30 – 7 p.m. and Friday, 2:30 – 6 p.m. 

The Southwest Valley YMCAin Goodyear has before and after school options but no special Friday program and no pick-up options. Parents would need to drop them off no earlier than 11 a.m. on Friday for the after-school option which lasts until 6:30 p.m. 

17 miles away, the Northwest Valley YMCAin El Mirage has a drop off option that begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. 

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